The Danish Ministry of Health said on the 19th that a mutant coronavirus from mink to person has “very likely” disappeared.
Given that no cases of infection after September 15 have been found, the Danish National Serum Institute believes that the human-to-human mutation of the novel coronavirus from the mink is “very likely” to have disappeared, the Danish Ministry of Health wrote in a statement.
Seven cities in the northern Jutland Peninsula, Denmark’s main mink breeding place, began to implement strict epidemic prevention restrictions on the 5th of this month. The Danish government said that these measures are scheduled to be cancelled on the 20th.
Danish Health Minister Magnus Hojnik said on the 5th that it has been some time since the health department learned that the mutant novel coronavirus has been transmitted from mink to people. The investigation of the National Serum Research Institute found that Denmark’s first “mink-human” case dates back to August this year. So far, 12 people have been confirmed to be infected and they have no serious symptoms.
The existence of this mutant virus has raised concerns about the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine. Danish Prime Minister Meter Fraseriksen previously announced that he would slaughter all farmed minks in the country.
The national “killing order” triggered criticism in Denmark, and Agriculture Minister Moens Jensen resigned on the 18th. Jensen admitted that the government’s order to slaughter all farmed minks lacked legal basis.
Denmark is the world’s largest mink exporter, with about 1,100 mink farms and about 17 million mink.