Since Denmark is the largest producer of mink fur in the world, there are at least a thousand corresponding farms in the country, where about 17 million animals are kept. All of them can be destroyed. According to Frederiksen, "we have a great responsibility to our own people, but with the detected mutation, we are even more responsible for the rest of the world."
The fact that minks can be affected by the coronavirus was revealed back in April. Foci of infection have been identified on two farms in the Dutch province of North Brabant. The animals showed such a symptom of COVID-19 as breathing problems. The increased mortality convinced experts that the coronavirus does not spare minks. Vseld behind this it turned out that the disease could be transmitted to minks from humans, since some farm workers showed symptoms of coronavirus. The "infected" farms were quarantined and local residents were advised to stay away from the mink breeding grounds in principle.
In the Netherlands, on May 20, a case of transmission of coronavirus infection from mink to humans was recorded on one of such farms. In June, cases of coronavirus were already detected on six farms, but the country's agriculture minister Karola Schouten said that the risk of human infection from animals is minimal. In the Netherlands, meanwhile, since the end of May, there has been a ban on the transport and import of mink. And all the louder are voices in the local parliament for the complete destruction of the livestock of these animals.