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Denmark taking steps to stop 'new animal reservoir' for COVID-19, says WHO

A mink is seen at Hans Henrik Jeppesen's farm near Soroe, after government's decision to cull his entire herd due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Denmark November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen

GENEVA (Reuters) - Denmark is taking steps to prevent the establishment of “a new animal reservoir for this virus”, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19 Maria Van Kerkhove said on Friday, after the country reported widespread coronavirus outbreaks in mink farms.

Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert, told the same Geneva news briefing that other sectors, such as pigs and poultry, had “very strict” biosecurity in place to prevent viruses jumping the species barrier.

Reporting by Emma Farge and Kate Kelland; Editing by Alex Richardson