The UK has banned visitors from Denmark following immediate warnings that a mutant strain of mink-associated coronovirus could put the success of imminent vaccines at risk.
“Visitors arriving to the UK from Denmark will not be allowed to enter the UK,” Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary, Announced on twitter After Denmark, on Friday, it said it would bump into 17 million minks, which would seek to eradicate the new strain of contagion.
The UK government said “the decision to act reports widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in mink farms following further release from health authorities in Denmark,” its website.
Britons returning from Denmark will also have to be isolated, as anyone has traveled from there within the last two weeks.
According to The Sunday Times of London, Denmark has reported 214 human cases of Kovid-19, some of which have been dubbed the “Cluster 5 variant”.
“The mutated virus carries the risk that it should not serve as a future vaccine,” warned the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mete Frederiksen, according to the UK paper.
Kare Molabak, the leading epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute for Infectious Diseases, told the paper that “the worst case scenario is a new epidemic is starting again, this time from Denmark.”
“There is a risk that this mutated virus is so different from others that we have to put new things in a vaccine and so [the mutation] Mollbach previously told The Guardian, “We will bring everyone back to the beginning all over the world.”