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The government has warned that the effectiveness of any future vaccine could be affected by the mutation.

Bars, restaurants, public transport and indoor public sports all be closed in seven municipalities in North Jutland.

The restrictions come into effect from Friday and in a last start on December 3

it comes shortly after an announcement that Denmark sacrificing all her mink - .. many as 17 million

the Scandinavian country is the world's largest producer of mink fur and its main export markets are China and Hong Kong. Sacrifice began late last month, after many mink Cases were detected.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization said Mink seems to be "good" reservoirs of coronavirus. Denmark also praised the "determination and courage" to go ahead with the sacrifices, despite the economic impact it would bring. Coronavirus Cases have been detected in other breeding minks in the Netherlands and Spain since the pandemic began in Europe.

But the Cases are spreading rapidly in Denmark - 207 mink farms in Jutland are affected - and found themselves at the least five Cases of the new strain of the virus. Officials said 12 people had been infected with the mutated strain.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke about half of the 783 human Cases reported in northern Denmark related to a strain of the virus that originated in mink farms. Css-1pzprxn-BulletListContainermargin-left: 1.5rem; CSS-1pzprxn-BulletListContainer

Under the new standards, the meetings of 10 or more persons banned, as residents urged to stay within the affected municipalities and get tested

news conference, Mette Frederiksen Prime Minister said :. "Right now the eyes of the world are resting upon us hope and believe that together we can solve the problems we face .."

On Wednesday, Ms. Frederiksen said the mutated virus was found to weaken the ability to the body to form antibodies, potentially current vaccines in development Covid-19 ineffective.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 52.265 Denmark has reported human Cases of Covid-19 and 733 deaths, data from programs Johns Hopkins University. Spain 100,000 minks slaughtered in July after Cases were detected on a farm in the province of Aragon, and tens of thousands of animals were slaughtered in the Netherlands after outbreaks on farms there.

Studies are underway to find out how and why minks have been able to capture and transmit infection.

Mink are infected by the virus of humans, environment correspondent reports the average Helen Briggs BBC.

But the work of genetic detective has shown that in a small number of Cases in the Netherlands and now Denmark, the virus seems to have passed to the other side, from mink to humans, adds correspondent. A Simple Guide: How to protect me I can

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