Denmark quarantines region due to mutated coronavirus in minks
The Danish government announced the closure of North Jutland and banned residents from leaving the region in order to stop the spread of a new type of coronavirus found in minks. In addition, the authorities decided to restrict movement between seven municipalities in the region.
The Danish government announced the closure of North Jutland and banned residents from leaving the region in order to stop the spread of a new type of coronavirus found in minks. This was announced by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, reports Danish Radio.
In addition, it decided to restrict movement between the seven municipalities of the region - Jerring, Frederikshavn, Brennerslev, Jammerbugt, Thisted, Westimmerland and Lese. Borders are allowed to cross only if citizens have important work or other urgent matters.
From November 7, restaurants, cafes and pubs will be completely closed in the region, but take-away establishments will be able to work. Public transport between the seven municipalities is also being closed. In addition, schoolchildren of grades 5-8 and students of higher educational institutions will switch to distance learning from November 9.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the susceptibility of minks to coronavirus, which makes them dangerous to humans. According to WHO spokesman Catherine Smallwood, minks are quite capable of transmitting infection. Therefore, there is a risk that the mink population may somehow facilitate the transmission of the virus from mink to humans and then from humans to humans.
On November 5, Denmark decided to destroy all minks on fur farms to prevent the spread of the mutated coronavirus. In these animals, an infection was found that spreads to humans and contributes to the weakening of the ability to form antibodies. There are currently 12 registered people with this virus.