The Prime Minister of Denmark wants to destroy all mink on the farms to minimize the risk of re-transmission of COVID-19 to humans.
Denmark’s State Serum Institute, which specializes in infectious diseases, has found new weasel-related coronaviruses in 214 people since June, according to a report on their website updated on May 5 / 11.
Meanwhile, a mutant line of coronavirus, which caused Denmark to destroy its weasel’s entire herd, has been found in 12 people and in 5 mink farms to date.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the government wanted to destroy all mink on the farms to minimize the risk of re-transmitting COVID-19 of mink-like mammals.
Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said half of the 783 human COVID-19 infections in northern Denmark were “related” to weasels.
“It’s very, very serious,” says Frederiksen. “Therefore, the mink virus mutation could have devastating consequences around the world.”
Denmark is one of the world’s major mink fur exporters, producing an estimated 17 million furs per year. Kopenhagen Fur, a cooperative of 1,500 Danish breeders, accounts for 40% of global mink production. Most of its exports go to China and Hong Kong.
According to government estimates, the country’s destruction of 15 million weasels could cost up to 5 billion kroner ($ 785 million). National police head Thorkild Fogde said: “It will happen as soon as possible.”
Denmark’s Food Minister, Mogens Jensen, said 207 farms are now infected, up from 41 farms last month, and the disease has spread to the entire western Jutland peninsula.
Last month, Denmark started destroying millions of weasels in the north of the country. The government has promised to compensate farmers.
The country has recorded 52,265 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 733 related deaths.