This comes days after the Danish government announced it plans to destroy the nation’s entire mink colony to stop the spread.
There are 15 to 17 million weasels in Denmark, while its human population is around 5.5 million.
The government said the ban went into effect at 4 a.m. on Saturday and meant visitors from Denmark could not enter the UK. British nationals returning home will be placed on quarantine for two weeks and, unlike other quarantine requirements for tourists entering the UK, will not be exempt.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Wednesday said the decision to destroy weasels had been made with a “heavy heart”, but it was necessary based on recommendations from health authorities.
What happened in Denmark?
Denmark vowed to destroy all of its weasel flocks after it discovered evidence that the disease that caused the new coronavirus mutated in weasels after being transmitted to humans. The new variant was also found to be infectious to humans, with 214 confirmed cases as of Friday.
The Danish government has also announced restrictions on seven cities where the new strain is discovered. “The virus had a mutation in weasels,” said Frederiksen.
She added that the Serum Institute, Denmark’s Copenhagen-based agency, which specializes in dealing with infectious diseases, has detected five cases of virus infection in mink farms and 12 cases in hypersensitivity to antibodies. Allowing the virus to spread may limit the effectiveness of future vaccines.
Are weasels and Covid a problem in other countries?
What are they doing with all the weasels?
All Danish weasel populations must be rapidly destroyed to prevent the spread of new mutants of the virus.
If the coronavirus causes mutations, will it affect the vaccine?
Unnecessary. The vaccine race currently underway around the world is against Covid-19. What was found in weasel was a variant of SARS-CoV-2, which the World Health Organization describes as “the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kekhove warned that “mutation is normal.”