Mink and mink skins may not be brought into Latvia

Cabinet and the Crisis Management Council decided November 17 to prohibit the importation of live mink and untreated mink skins into Latvia until the end of the emergency, LETA reported.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 5 announced extensive outbreaks of COVID-19 in Danish mink farms. The letter states that since June 2020, several outbreaks of COVID-19 in mink farms and the transmission of the virus between mink and humans have been observed in Denmark.

The Ministry explained that the European Disease Control Center, the World Health Organization and the European Commission have been informed of the findings. The Danish government has introduced a number of new measures to limit the spread of the virus, including the slaughter of all minks in the country. 

In order to limit the spread of infections of the COVID-19 virus, the Latvian government decided to impose additional security measures that prohibit the import of live mink and untreated mink skins into Latvia until the end of the emergency.

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