Mutated Coronavirus From Minks in Denmark Becomes Extinct

A mutated version of the Coronavirus that was detected on mink farms in Denmark has “most likely” become extinct.

While citing an assessment from State Serum Institute, the apex Danish authority which deals with infectious diseases, the Danish Health Ministry, in an official statement, said that no infections of the mutated Coronavirus cases have been reported since 15 September.


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Earlier this month, the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, had ordered to cull as many as 17 million minks across the country after 12 cases of a mutated version of the Coronavirus were detected on mink farms in the country’s northern Jutland region.

Earlier this week, the Danish Food and Agriculture Minister had stepped down after the government admitted it did not have any proper legal basis to issue a cull order.

Terming the government’s decision as a constitutional breach, the Danish opposition parties are now demanding Frederiksen’s resignation.


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Although the Danish PM has publicly apologized, she is of the view that decision to cull the entire mink population was based on an assessment of the health authorities.

It must be noted here that Denmark is the biggest producer of mink pelts, accounting for 40% of the world’s total production of mink pelts. Danish mink skin is the most expensive in the world because of its superior fur quality that is in high demand across the world.