Greece finds COVID-19 under mink on two farms

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The Greek authorities have found COVID-19 in mink on two farms in northern Greece.

Athens:

The Greek authorities have found COVID-19 in mink on two farms in northern Greece, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture said on Friday.

The COVID-19 strain in mink has not mutated, the official said, adding that 2,500 minks would be killed on a farm in the northern Kozani region.

The discovery comes days after Danish authorities launched a plan to cull the entire Danish population of 17 million mink after a different strain of coronavirus was discovered in the animals.

“Coronavirus was discovered in mink on two farms in northern Greece,” the Ministry of Agriculture official told Reuters.

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The breeder on the farm was also infected with coronavirus and tests have been carried out on workers, the official said.

The fur trade is an important local industry in Kozani and near Kastoria, where the second farm is located. The mink population in Greece is estimated at hundreds of thousands.

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