800 tractors took part in protest against mink killing measures in Denmark

Mink tractor protestPhoto: Nils Meilvang / Ritzau Scanpix / NTB
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About 800 tractors took part in Saturday’s demonstrations in Copenhagen and Aarhus, and people on foot also joined the protests.

However, the tractor protests against the Danish government’s handling of corona infection among mink may have been a super-spreading event in terms of the infection, Danish researchers warned.

After seeing photographs from the demonstrations, a professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Southern Denmark told Danish TV2 that it is clear that people did not keep their distance.

He pointed out that the participants came from all over the country and that many of them came from mink farms, making it an unfortunate mix of violations of infection control rules.

Risky situations

Niels Høiby, professor of clinical microbiology at Rigshospitalet, supported him. 

Høiby believes the demonstrations were risky situations.

“It may very well be that a couple of people are infected and that they infect others even if they have no symptoms,” he said.

About 9 million of the country’s 17 million mink have already been killed to prevent a mutated coronavirus from spreading among humans.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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