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WHO calls reports about mink Covid-19 strain in Denmark "concerning"

November 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Reports about a strain of coronavirus infecting mink in Denmark are “concerning,” but more studies are needed to determine if the strain is more dangerous in any way, the World Health Organization has said.

Reports about a strain of coronavirus infecting mink in Denmark are “concerning,” but more studies are needed to determine if the strain is more dangerous in any way, the World Health Organization has said.

At least 214 cases of Covid-19 have been linked with farmed minks in Denmark since June, the agency said.

“WHO advises all countries to enhance surveillance for Covid-19 at the animal-human interface where susceptible animal reservoirs are identified, including mink farms,” it added.

The Biden administration will need an “all hands on deck” approach to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Jehan el-Bayoumi, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, said Sunday.

El-Bayoumi said she is “relieved” President-elect Joe Biden will soon be leading the nation’s coronavirus response.

El-Bayoumi said it was crucial to employ a holistic strategy to the pandemic response that considers people of color, existing health conditions and the way the crisis is impacting non-Covid care.

Belgium is monitoring and testing its mink population weekly after Denmark reported a widespread outbreak of a new variant of the novel coronavirus at its mink farms.

The Danish government this week announced it planned to cull the nation's entire mink population of 17 million in order to contain the spread after it discovered evidence that the virus that causes Covid-19 had mutated in mink, after being passed on by humans.

Steven Van Gucht, Head Virologist, at the Belgian Health Authority (Sciensano) told Belgian radio on Saturday: “Samples are collected every week at the mink farms to check if the new coronavirus strain has broken out at Belgian mink farms.

The Trump administration needs a more aggressive strategy to battle coronavirus between now and January, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said Sunday.

UK Minister for Defence Ben Wallace said the government had left the responsibility for local ceremonies to local councils but encouraged members of the public to show their respect in alternative ways this year.

The government has now announced a £170 million ($223 million) winter grant to support low-income families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic in England following Rashford’s campaign.

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