On Friday, November 6, over a quarter of a million Danes were put into lockdown, following news that a mutated strain of mink-related coronavirus had passed on to humans.
In a dozen individuals who fell sick in September, the “cluster five” form was identified.
The World Health Organization has reported that Spain, the Netherlands, the US, Sweden and Italy have also identified cases of coronavirus in minks.
On Saturday, November 7, at 4 a.m., a travel ban was enforced on individuals traveling to the UK from Denmark.
Hancock told the House of Commons today: “Although the probability of this variant being widespread is poor, the consequences would be severe if that happened.”
I know that these are serious steps, and I understand people ‘s implications, but I hope the whole House would understand why we had to act so quickly and decisively.
“No doubt, we will do what we need to do to safeguard this land.”
“Clearly, for global public health purposes, there is a case for doing whatever we can to stop the retransmission of this virus to the animal population and then back again, which can lead to these kinds of mutations that we have seen.”
Last month, mass culling was declared in Denmark, but the government admitted this week that it had no legal basis.
An effort to pass emergency legislation authorizing it has since been scrapped.
Over the weekend, a clip went viral which showed some of the animals that survived the process before being incinerated alive.
Flemming Olesen, a Danish mink farm worker, uploaded the video to Facebook.
He told TV2 Nord,” It’s terrible.” They’ve got to die (the mink), but they have to die in the right way.
“It was very vibrant … It was very lively … And you could hear it yelling.
The appalling video soon came to the attention of the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration.
Flemming Kure Marker, head of veterinary medicine, said, “There are some very unpleasant photographs that indicate a murder that went wrong.”
“I can easily understand that it is difficult for a breeder to see the killing of his herd that way.”