Several areas in Denmark under lockdown over mink coronavirus mutation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020   •   410

Several areas in north Jutland in Denmark were placed under lockdown after a coronavirus mutation was discovered in minks.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen warned that the mutation could threaten the development of a potential vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Danish government ordered the of culling 17 million minks due to the virus.

Frederiksen announced that public transport will also be suspended from entering or leaving north Jutland until December 3. Schools, and other establishments such as bars, museums, restaurants will also be temporarily shut down.

Residents in the area are advised to work from home and public gatherings will be limited.

Denmark is known to be one of the largest producers of mink fur with China and Hong Kong as its primary export markets.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in mink farms in the Netherlands and Spain were also reported. AAC

DOH still seeking evidence on animal-to-human COVID-19 transmission

Maris Federez   •   November 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is still looking for evidence that could back up a claim of an animal to human transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This, following reports that Denmark has imposed strict measures after issuing a warning that a mutation of the virus had jumped from minks to humans and infected 12 people.

The DOH said it doesn’t have sufficient proof in the studies by health experts in other countries if such transmission could occur.

“Lahat po iyan ay sinusuri natin, humahanap po tayo ng sapat na ebidensya, para kung makikita natin na talagang may direct link at makakapagbigay ang mga eksperto natin ng kanilang mga rekomendasyon, atin pong ilalagay sa ating protocol, pero sa ngayon pinag aaralan pa rin po natin iyan,” said DOH spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.

The World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, said that it is possible that the virus could evolve or mutate in animals such as minks.

The WHO added that mink farms must have biosecurity so that humans will not have contact with minks.

“Mammal species like mink are very good hosts in a sense and the virus can evolve in those species, especially if there are large numbers packed closely together,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.

“So in that sense we have to look at the viral evolution. We have to create biosecurity around farms like that, so that there’s not that contact back with human populations,” Ryan added.

The DOH also said that although there is still no clear evidence of the said mutation, the public must remain vigilant and responsible until the pandemic has been addressed.

“Iyon pa rin po ang ating iaadvise. Kung sakaling may sapat na ebidensya nga iyang sa hayop mapupunta sa tao, iyon pa rin po yung ating minimum health standards. Palagian pa rin po tayong naka-mask. Lagi pa rin maghuhugas ng kamay.  Iyan naman po ay mga gold standard natin para ma-prevent po natin ang infection,” Vergeire said. —/mbmf

Six killed in train accident on bridge linking Denmark’s two main islands

admin   •   January 3, 2019



Still photograph of damage seen on train carriage | REUTERS

Six people were killed in a rail accident on a bridge linking Denmark’s two main islands on Wednesday (January 2) when a train was hit by debris from a passing freight train, officials said.

Police said 16 people were injured. The train was heading towards the capital with 131 passengers on board when it was hit by what could have been tarpaulin, said Banedanmark, which maintains and controls traffic on the railway network.

The accident happened shortly before 7.35 a.m. (0635 GMT), police said in a statement, adding that police and emergency workers were at the scene.

TV footage showed the halted freight train carrying packaging for Danish beer maker Carlsberg. — Reuters

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A crime or a right? Some Danish Muslims to defy face veil ban

admin   •   August 1, 2018


A woman in niqab giving out flyers to promote group’s protest against Danish face veil ban. Screenshot from Reuters video

A group of women who wear the Muslim niqab garment handed out flyers in Copenhagen on Tuesday (July 31) ahead of a ban on face veils that comes into force in Denmark on Wednesday (August 1).

Among them was 21-year-old Sabina, who has joined forces with other Muslim women who wear the veil to form Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) to protest and raise awareness about why women should be allowed to express their identity in that way.

Sabina, who did not wish to have her surname published for fear of harassment, said that she will defy the law and take to the street in protest.

“I would just like to educate the politicians and say that, you know, we are actually strong, independent women who are fighting for their right to keep wearing what they want to wear, and that we won’t give up.”

The niqab wearers who plan to protest on Wednesday will be joined by non-niqab wearing Muslim women and also non-Muslim Danes, most of whom plan to wear face coverings at the rally.

In May, the Danish parliament banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and some other European countries to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values.

Under the law, police will be able to instruct women to remove their veils or order them to leave public areas. Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen said officers would fine them and tell them to go home. Fines will range from 1,000 Danish crowns (£120) for the first offense to 10,000 crowns for a fourth violation. — Reuters

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