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COPENHAGEN – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced it is looking at biosecurity on mink fur farms globally in order to prevent further transmission of coronavirus to humans. The move by the health body was prompted by the discovery of mink-related coronavirus in 214 people in Denmark – findings which heap further pressure on luxury brands to ditch fur from their collections.

12 people in Denmark have been found to have a mutated variation of the virus found in mink being farmed for their fur, leading to a government order for Denmark’s entire mink population of 17 million to be killed. Since the outbreak in mink began in Denmark last month, 1.2 million of the animals have been slaughtered, of a 2.5 million target.

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