Danish gov't defends order to kill minks with mutated coronavirus
(UPI) -- Denmark has defended new restrictions on mink farms nationwide, ordering that potentially millions of the animals be culled after scientists discovered that some have been found to carry a mutated coronavirus.
The World Health Organization has said mutated COVID-19 strains have been linked to the minks and, in some cases, passed onto humans.
The Danish government said earlier this week it would order infected animals to be killed, and defended the position on Friday.
"All remaining mink will now be culled including non-infected and otherwise healthy mink," Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod told reporters.
"We would rather go a step too far than take a step too little to combat COVID-19."
Danish officials said more than 200 mink farms nationwide have been infected with the coronavirus. Denmark has about 300 mink farms and the government's order applies to more than 10 million of the animals.
The WHO has yet to conclude that the mutation is a serious risk.