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Mutated variant of Covid linked to minks found in Denmark

COPENHAGEN, NOV 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/7/2020 1:08:42 PM IST

As many as 214 people have been infected with a mutated COVID strain that has been linked to minks in Denmark from June to mid-October, the country’s Ekstra Bladet newspaper reported on Friday, citing a research institute.

More than a quarter million Danes went into lockdown in the northern region of the country where the mutated variation of the coronavirus has infected minks being farmed for their fur, leading to an order to kill millions of the animals. 
The newspaper cited the Statens Serum Institute, based in Copenhagen, which said that the mutated form of the virus had been found in 214 people, with 200 of these individuals based in the North Jutland region.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told reporters on Wednesday that a mutated strain of coronavirus, which was identified on mink farms in the north of the country, had subsequently spread to humans.
Denmark is the world’s largest producer of mink fur. Cases of the coronavirus disease have also been identified at mink farms in other countries, including the Netherlands and Spain, since the start of the pandemic. Last month, Denmark started culling millions of minks in the north of the country after Covid-19 infections were reported among the stock there. Nationwide, at least 216 out of the 1,139 fur farms in Denmark have now been infected.

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