Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday that the decision was made with a “heavy heart.”
Still, Frederiksen said the decision is necessary to stop a mutated version of the virus from spreading to humans, according to CNN.
- “The virus has mutated in mink. The mutated virus has spread to humans.”
- “We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well.
Authorities estimate that there are between 15 and 17 million minks in Denmark.
Why it matters:
The country notified the World Health Organization about the mutation, too.
- The WHO told The New York Times in an email that it was “informed by Denmark of a number of persons infected with coronavirus from mink, with some genetic changes in the virus.” The WHO said that Denmark was “investigating the epidemiological and virological significance of these findings, and culling the mink population. We are in touch with them to find more about this event.”