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Danish government orders death of a million minks due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Danish government has ordered mink farms to cull over 1 million animals due to reported outbreaks of coronavirus among the species, prized for its fur.

The outbreak among the mink population was detected in late June after a COVID-19 patient was linked to a mink farm in North Jutland, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service said in a report.


As of this month, mink on around 60 farms in North Jutland have tested positive for coronavirus, and an additional 46 farms are under suspicion, Mogens Jensen, the Danish minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, told CNN.

“We have continuously launched initiatives to manage and contain the spread of infection,” Jensen said in a statement.

“In view of the recent large increase, we must unfortunately state that it has not been sufficient to prevent continued spread of infection among the North Jutland mink herds,” he added.

The order mandates that mink farms within five miles of a farm or herd that is confirmed or suspected to be infected with the coronavirus must be culled.

“It is a difficult decision that the government has made, but we fully support it,” said Tage Pedersen, chairman of the Danish Mink Breeders Association.

In Utah, cases of COVID-19 have also been detected among mink farm populations, with state officials reporting that over 10,000 animals have died from the virus.

While officials in Utah said, “research indicates there hasn’t been a spread from mink to humans,” state veterinarian Dean Taylor noted the mink suffered from respiratory issues, similar to human symptoms.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish Emergency Management Agency will handle the process of culling mink in Denmark.

Mink breeders will be compensated for the cost of losing their herd and other operating losses.

Denmark is the world’s largest producer of mink skins, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council reported.

The country has nearly 1,500 Danish fur farmers that produce around 19 million mink skins per year.

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UK government expands its job support program with stricter virus lockdowns due next week

The U.K. government has expanded its jobs support program as the country gears up for tighter coronavirus restrictions set to be announced next week.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting on 14 February, 2020.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting on 14 February, 2020.

Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said Friday that firms whose premises have to shut over the winter period as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work.


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Two weeks ago, Sunak announced the Job Support Scheme — a new emergency package of measures to contain unemployment, replacing the U.K.’s furlough scheme which is due to expire at the end of October.

It will directly top up the wages of employees working fewer hours due to suppressed business demand, enabling workers to keep their jobs on shorter hours rather than being made redundant.

The original furlough scheme in the summer had subsidized 80% of wages for millions of workers furloughed as a result of the pandemic. But Sunak confirmed in July that it would be wound down as the country began to emerge from coronavirus lockdown measures.

—CNBC’s Elliot Smith contributed to this article.

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All the Shows That Have Been Canceled Due to COVID-19

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced some TV shows to meet an early end.

Earlier this year, the global health crisis caused production on majority of TV series to shut down — and although some have resumed filming, not all shows have had the same luck.

While TV has provided a much need escape during these uncertain times, COVID-19 restrictions have made production a bit tricky. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still prohibits large in-person gatherings and encourages people to wear masks and remain six-feet apart — making filming crowd or intimate scenes significantly more difficult.

As the coronavirus continues to change Hollywood, PEOPLE has compiled an ongoing list of all the TV shows that have been canceled because of the pandemic.


PEOPLE confirmed on Monday that the Netflix original series, starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, had been canceled after three seasons due to the pandemic. The decision came more than a year after the show was renewed by the streaming network for a fourth and final season, which had already begun production.

Netflix Alison Brie in GLOW

“We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of GLOW due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

GLOW told the story of Ruth (Brie), an out-of-work actress who got her last chance at stardom through female professional wrestling in 1980s Los Angeles. It followed the trials and tribulations of a diverse group of women who threw themselves into the ring — and into the spotlight.


The ABC crime drama, which starred Cobie Smulders as a private investigator, has been canceled despite being renewed for a second season earlier this year.

The studio behind the show, ABC Signature, hopes to find it a new home, according to Deadline.

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The publication reported that production delays caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic played a significant role in the show’s cancellation, and timing issues made it impossible for its second season to premiere in the fall as previously scheduled.

I Am Not Okay With This and The Society 

“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,” Netflix announced in August.

“We’re disappointed to have to make these decision due to circumstances created by COVID, and we are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This; Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and Pavlina Hatoupis for The Society; and all the writers, casts, and crews who worked tirelessly to make these shows for our members around the world.”

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The Society, which starred Kathryn Newton, Kristine

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Gokuldham members tensed as society is sealed due to COVID 19 scare

Troubles, problems, and tensions are a common part of the Gokuldham society. However, in the upcoming episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, an issue is going to leave Gokuldham members extremely anxious and worried about their safety. Wondering what so severe has happened in Gokuldham society? Well, this trip the threat of the novel Coronavirus has left Gokudlhammites tensed. 

The society has also been trapped under the threat of the deadly virus, leaving them distressed. In the upcoming episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, officials will come and ‘seal’ the Gokuldham society due to the Coronavirus scare. All this will happen as the residents of the Gokuldham society will come in direct contact with Abdul, who is a suspected COVID-19 patient. Yes, there is a possibility that Abdul has contracted the disease as he has been keeping unwell, and members of Gokuldham fear that the virus has been transmitted to the society from him.  

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While none of the residents have any COVID-19 symptoms, the fear is too much, and the situation is alarming. Society’s ekmeva secretary takes a step immediately and locks the society gate, restricting anybody to enter in or step out. He takes all possible measures to keep the virus at bay and stop it from spreading around, leading to more threats. Later, the BMC officials will reach the Gokuldham society, and seal off the society due to the COVID-19 scare.  

They will also conduct cleaning and sanitization sessions of the entire society compound and premises. On the other hand, healthcare professionals will also examine the residents, and check their temperatures and pulse rates. How will Gokulhdam members fight this invisible enemy? Only time will tell. 

Here’s a sneak peek from the upcoming episode of TMKOC: 

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