#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 8°C Tuesday 19 January 2021
Advertisement

HSE says no positive Covid-19 cases found in testing of mink farm workers and families

All minks in Ireland are to be culled amid concerns about a mutated strain of the virus

Image: Shutterstock

TESTING BY THE HSE of all workers at mink farms and their families has identified no positive Covid-19 cases.

Following the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus in minks in Denmark earlier this month, the Irish government put in place a number of precautionary measures, including asking anyone arriving into Ireland from Denmark to restrict their movements for 14 days.

Testing of all minks at the three minks farms in Ireland was commenced by the Department of Agriculture and the HSE last week began serial testing of all workers at the farms and their families.

HSE CEO Paul Reid today said all workers and their families have now been tested and none of them tested positive for the virus.

Earlier the Department of Agriculture said testing of the mink herd in Ireland also detected no positive results to date.

However the government has made a decision, based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer, to order the cull of all minks in the country. 

Mink owners will be compensated in the short-term, but they will not be able to replace the animals, it is understood. The owners will receive a wider compensation package in the future. 

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

Read next:

COMMENTS (21)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel