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Britain on Saturday banned entry to all non-resident foreigners coming from Denmark after a mutated version of the coronavirus linked to mink farms was found in humans.

The abrupt ban was announced by the Transport Department overnight shortly after 0200 GMT, and took effect at 0400 GMT.

“This decision to act quickly follows on from in Denmark reporting widespread outbreaks of in farms,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter.

“Keeping the UK public safe remains our top priority,” he said.

Denmark on Wednesday announced the mutation had jumped from minks to