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90,000+ mink to be killed ‘due to coronavirus’ in Northern Spain #Mink #Coronavirus #COVID19 #Spain

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Authorities in northern Spain have said that over 90,000 mink must be culled at a farm after around 90 animals tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Aragon regional government said it had to take the “drastic” measure that concerns 92,700 mink in accordance with national animal health laws.

The farm in Teruel province’s La Puebla de Valverde has been kept in isolation since May 22 after seven workers tested positive.

The region’s chief of agriculture and environment, Joaquin Olona, said there is no evidence of whether the virus was transmitted from the workers to the animals or the other way around.

“We are absolutely certain that the virus is present in these animals and community transmission between animals is taking place,” Olona said, according to Spanish private news agency Europa Press. He added the goal of the culling was to avoid “risks to public health.”

While previous studies have found that COVID-19 is contagious among some animals, like cats and dogs, far less is known about the possibility of animal-to-human transmission and researchers are looking into the subject.

Mink are semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals bred for their furs.

The Netherlands, one of the world’s top exporters of mink fur, has already culled hundreds of thousands of mink since June 6.

As many as 24 mink farms have reported infections, according to a statement from the ministry for agriculture released earlier this week. Several employees at these farms have also tested positive.

So far, all the animals at 23 previous farms have been slaughtered.

The Dutch government has tightened the hygiene protocol for mink farms with a nationwide transport ban and a visitor ban in stables among the measures. Mandatory testing was also implemented.

It is also working on a scheme to allow farms to voluntarily shut their businesses ahead of the 2024 deadline when mink farming will be prohibited in the country.

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Coronavirus: UK Panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves of toilet roll amid second lockdown fears #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic

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Panic-buyers have returned to supermarkets to stockpile toilet roll amid fears of a second lockdown.

Shop shelves were stripped of bleach, toilet paper and other hygiene products in scenes reminiscent of March, when the first shutdown was announced.

However, supermarket firms Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Aldi said they have “good availability” and are yet to experience any shortages.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced new restrictions today, including a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.

Amit Karia, 37, shared a picture of customers bulk buying toilet rolls at Farm Foods in Ilford.

In the photograph one man can be seen pushing a trolley filled with toilet paper, while another woman queuing up behind him is holding multi-packs in her hands.

He told Mirror Online: “Panic buying has begun in my local farm foods.

“The woman had 8 packs and will come back in later and buy 8 more.. The reason why she carrying (them) is because there are no trolleys left.

“People were buying big as everyone (is) afraid of lockdown.”

Mr Karia, who took the picture on Sunday, said he also saw ‘absolute scenes’ in the Lidl next door.

However, a director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged consumers to be considerate of others and “shop as you normally would” – though he added supply chains are currently “stronger than ever”.

Tesco said its online capacity had almost doubled from 600,000 weekly delivery slots in March, to 1.5 million in September.

Director of food and sustainability at the BRC, Andrew Opie, said: “Supply chains are stronger than ever before and we do not anticipate any issues in the availability of food or other goods under a future lockdown.

“Nonetheless, we urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as they normally would.”

He added that retailers have done an “excellent job” making sure customers have access to food throughout the pandemic, while installing perspex screens and other social distancing measures.

“As such, retail remains a safe space for consumers, even under future lockdowns,” he said.

Shelves in several shops in North East Lincolnshire are starting to look empty once again in an eerie reminder of the days before lockdown was implemented in March.

One shopper told the Grimsby Telegraph : “People have definitely started to panic buy again. It’s ridiculous.

“The only reason why we had these issues last time is because people were buying too much for themselves and not leaving enough for the rest of us.

“If we just get our heads together and buy only what we need, we won’t have to worry about it, no matter whether we have a second lockdown or not.”

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