Ireland orders slaughter of farm-raised minks after coronavirus mutation detected in Denmark

The Irish Government has ordered the slaughter of farm-raised minks from Ireland after the coronavirus mutation detected in facilities in Denmark, where the authorities have also ordered the extermination of the animals due to the possibility of a new variable resistant to vaccines emerging.

The Irish Ministry of Agriculture has informed farm owners of the slaughter. According to the chief medical officer for the response to the virus, Tony Holohan, it should proceed “urgently”, as there is “an increasing risk to public health”, informs the public chain RTE.

The affected farms have regretted that the Executive has decided to take such a radical step “without providing any scientific or legal basis”, remembering that it leaves three families in rural Ireland devastated and without a livelihood. “The authorities, in any case, do not yet have any immediate plans.

In the case of Denmark, the order to euthanize minks has caused a political earthquake and the resignation of the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mogens Jensen, after it was found that the Government he did not have the legal power to give such orders.

In addition to the slaughter of minks, the Executive of Mette Frederiksen also ordered the perimeter confinement of the Jutland region, ordered as a result of the mutation detection. The restrictions in this area, which included limits on meetings and the suspension of public transport, will begin to be lifted this Friday, as agreed on Thursday by the Government.

Danish health authorities have identified twelve cases of coronavirus linked to the mutation, although none since September 15, reports the DPA news agency.



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