"The process has been messy", Food and Agriculture Minister Mogens Jensen said in a statement released on Monday night, about two weeks after the initial order to cull all mink was given.
Sweden's mink herd is vastly smaller than Denmark's, which was one of the world's biggest.
Mink farmer Frank Andersen described the cull as "panic solutions" and said authorities should have come up with a compensation plan first.
This would have outlawed the continued operation of mink farms in the midlands county of Laois, in Kerry in the southwest, and Donegal in the northwest. The AP reports at least 11 people were sickened by a mutated version of the virus. Greece announced last week it had culled minks on farms where the animals had tested positive. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has on Thursday, Nov. 12 issued new guidance to curb the spread of the coronavirus between minks and humans, warning that the transmission of COVID-19 among animals could speed up the number of mutations in the virus before it potentially jumps back into people.
The prime minister's traditional presentation of a new government member to Queen Margrethe, who formally is the country's head of state, didn't happen because one of Frederiksen's family members had tested positive to the coronavirus. "I do not mean to disregard the law", she said.
There are 1,139 mink farms in Denmark, employing about 6,000 people, according to the industry. Most exports go to China and Hong Kong.