She also urged the public not to panic as there is insufficient information on how unsafe the coronavirus mutation is since Denmark has not yet released any specific details about the coronavirus variation.
But it represents a huge blow to the industry, said Tage Pedersen, the president of the Danish mink breeders association. Mr Jeppesen's 36,000 minks have not been infected, but will be culled and skinned within the next 10 days. "We don't have any evidence at the moment".
"The Danish government takes the situation seriously and has chosen to act fast and decisively with the clear commitment that we would rather go a step too far then take a step too little", said Kofod at an worldwide press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday afternoon.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's COVID-19 technical lead, said during a media briefing that the organization is looking at the biosecurity of mink farms with its regional offices in Europe, the Western Pacific and the Americas. Millions of the animal, which is estimated because of its fur, are to be euthanized.More news: 'Fed up' Arteta admits Saliba could leave Arsenal
He said: "By taking further action now, closing travel corridors and requiring individuals and their households to isolate, we aim to prevent risk to Wales and the United Kingdom from this new strain".
But several scientists in France have said that they were sceptical of the Danish authorities' remarks, saying that they had seen no scientific data yet to confirm or deny the presence of a particular mutation.
"Decisions on border measures and travel advice can be changed rapidly if necessary to help stop the spread of the disease and further announcements regarding freight will be made later today", the spokeswoman said.
A spokesperson said the Department has written to mink farms in Ireland "on a number of occasions this year" and continue to provide them with information on the spread of the virus animals.More news: Alexander Povetkin v Dillian Whyte postponed as Russian has Covid-19
In a report published on Wednesday, the State Serum Institute, the authority dealing with infectious diseases, said laboratory tests showed the new strain had mutations on its so-called spike protein, a part of the virus that invades and infects healthy cells. The new strain, which can be transmitted to humans, causes weak antibody production potentially undermining the global efforts to develop a vaccine. Allowing the virus to spread will reduce the effectiveness of future vaccines.
All travellers arriving in Ireland from Denmark will be required to restrict their movements for two weeks over fear of a new strain of the coronavirus emerging in Danish mink farms.
"It is too early to say that the change will cause either vaccines or immunity to fail", he said.More news: USA formally withdraws from United Nations climate pact