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Denmark to impose tight regional lockdown after spread of mink coronavirus mutation

A caged mink looks on, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a mink farm in Hjoerring in North Jutland, Denmark October 8, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Thursday a hard lockdown will be imposed in seven municipalities in northern Denmark after a mutation of the coronavirus that was found in mink had spread to humans.

Bars, restaurants, all public indoor sport activities and public transport will be shut in the municipalities concerned, and people are being encouraged not to travel to and from the region, she said at a news conference.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Hugh Lawson