According to the Athens Ministry of Agriculture, taken over by Reuters, the new coronavirus was detected in minks from two farms in northern Greece.
The strain detected in the respective mines does not show mutations compared to the one discovered in humans, a Greek official specified.
At the same time, a caregiver from one of the two farms, located in the Kozani region, was tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Therefore, 2,500 minks will be slaughtered soon to reduce the risk of infection in humans.
“It is a new blow to the 800 families in the region living off this sector,” said Dimitris Kosmidis, president for Kozani of the Greek Fur Federation.
However, the situation is worse in Denmark, where about 17 million minks are to be slaughtered after it has been discovered in several farms that they carry a mutant version of SARS-CoV-2. Or this Scandinavian state is the largest producer of mink fur in the world.
In July, Spain slaughtered 100,000 minks after cases were detected on a farm in the Aragon region. Tens of thousands of specimens were also slaughtered in the Netherlands, where outbreaks were found on several farms.
Studies are underway to find out how and why minks contracted and spread the new coronavirus.