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North Denmark has been placed under lockdown following the discovery of a SARS-CoV-2 mutation in mink farms

by Cédric Ayisa - November 27, 2020   53 Views   5 min
North Denmark has been placed under lockdown following the discovery of a SARS-CoV-2 mutation in mink farms

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North Denmark in lockdown over mutated virus in mink farms

Verdict

Accurate (supported by evidence and facts; acceptable margin of error)

On 6 November 2020, the Associated Press (AP) agency reported in an article that northern Denmark is under lockdown due to a mutation of the virus (SARS-Cov-2, Ed.) in mink farms. This claim is accurate.

The Danish government has enforced new restrictions in the north of the country after authorities discovered a mutated version of the coronavirus in mink was also found in humans. In the article, Associated Press explains that seven municipalities in northern Denmark had to close their borders and suspend all sport, culture and public transport activities. Only people with "critical functions", such as police, health workers and certain authorities are allowed to cross municipal borders.

What is this SARS-CoV-2 mutation in minks? What are the risks for humans? What impact could this discovery have on the development of vaccines?

The mutation of the virus: human implications

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), variants of COVID-19 have been identified in more than 200 humans since June 2020, including 12 with a single variant, called "Cluster 5", reported on November 4, in Northern Jutland (Northern Denmark). Of these 12 cases, 8 were associated with farmed minks and 4 were from the local community. Because of this situation, authorities decided to put 280 000...

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