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UK does not consider mink coronavirus cases a risk, PM spokesman says

Mink carcasses are disposed of at a farm in Farre in the southern part of Jutland, Denmark October 21, 2020. Mink in all of the country are to be put down, the Danish prime minister said at a news conference November 4th. The animals in some of Denmark's fur farms contain a novel coronavirus mutation. Ritzau Scanpix/Mette Moerk via REUTERS/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain does not consider the widespread coronavirus outbreaks in Danish mink farms to be a risk to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Friday after the government removed Denmark from its travel corridor list.

Denmark has announced strict new lockdown rules and a nationwide mink cull after authorities discovered a mutated coronavirus strain in the animals, prompting Britain to move to require all travellers arriving from the country to self-isolate on arrival.

“While there have been some rare reports of mink to human transmission within mink farms, we do not consider this a risk to the UK, where, obviously, there are no fur farms, but we are keeping the situation under close review,” Johnson’s spokesman said.

Reporting by William James and Michael Holden; Editing by Kate Holton

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