Copenhagen: In what comes as shocking news, Denmark has ordered the slaughter of its whole population of minks after discovering new COVID-19 cases linked to mink farms. The number of minks in the country is estimated at 15-17 million.
The Danish health authorities have warned that a mutation of the virus had jumped from minks to humans and 12 people have been infected by it so far.
Known as ‘Cluster 5’, the new strain is not inhibited by antibodies to the same degree as the normal virus, the authorities warned. They fear that this could threaten the efficacy of vaccines that are being developed across the globe.
Denmark has reported a total of 214 human cases of COVID-19 with coronavirus variants associated with farmed minks since June this year, including 12 cases with a unique variant.
Meanwhile, warning about the new variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it had a combination of mutations or changes that have not been previously observed, adding that the implications of the identified changes in this variant are yet to be well understood.