UK bans entry from Denmark over Covid-19 mink mutation

The UK government said on Saturday it was immediately barring entry to visitors from Denmark in response to concerns about coronavirus outbreaks on Danish mink farms.

Denmark has announced tough new lockdown rules and a nationwide mink slaughter after authorities found a mutated strain of coronavirus in animals. The UK initially responded by announcing on Thursday that all travelers arriving from the country would be required to self-isolate upon arrival.

However, on Saturday, after receiving further information from the Danish health authorities, he imposed a total ban on arrivals from Denmark, with the exception of carriers and freight.

Writing on Twitter, Grant Shapps said: “This decision to act quickly follows on from health authorities in Denmark reporting widespread outbreaks of coronavirus in mink farms. Keeping the UK public safe remains our top priority.”