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Sweden finds coronavirus in mink industry workers

Sweden's health agency said on Thursday a number of people who work in the mink industry had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Neighbour Denmark also says new, mutated coronavirus strain stemming from mink farms is 'most likely' extinct

Mink are seen on a farm near Naestved, Denmark in this Nov. 6, 2020 photo. All farmed mink in Denmark have now been culled because of coronavirus outbreaks among the animals and the discovery of a mutated strain, which authorities said showed reduced sensitivity to antibodies, causing fears it could compromise vaccines. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/Reuters)

Sweden's health agency said on Thursday a number of people who work in the mink industry had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Authorities are analyzing virus from the infected people and from infected animals to see if there is a link between the strains, the health agency said in a statement.

It did not specify how many people had tested positive.

Neighbouring Denmark earlier on Thursday said a new, mutated strain of the coronavirus stemming from mink farms in the country was "most likely" extinct.

All farmed mink in Denmark have been culled because of coronavirus outbreaks among the animals and the discovery of the mutated strain, which authorities said showed reduced sensitivity to antibodies, causing fears it could compromise vaccines.

Sweden's mink herd is much smaller than Denmark's, which was one of the world's biggest.

In common with countries such as the United States, Sweden has recorded the coronavirus at several farms, although authorities have said the mink had not been found to carry the mutated strain evident in Denmark.

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