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A new variant of the Dutch test after discovering 61 COVID cases among South African passengers

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Amsterdam — Dutch health officials have detected 61 COVID-19 cases in people from South Africa on Friday and are conducting further tests to see if they are infected with the new Omicron variant. Said.

The incident was found among about 600 passengers arriving on Friday at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on two flights before the Dutch government suspended air traffic from South Africa due to concerns about malformations.

Dutch health officials said on Saturday that they would also contact travelers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe from Monday and request them to take the test as soon as possible.


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Passengers on Friday flights are quarantined from other travelers, and passengers who test positive are quarantined at a hotel near the airport.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health said it would not be known until late Saturday if any of the passengers were infected with the new variant.

A spokesperson for KLM, the Dutch division of Air France, said what rules were applied as of Friday morning to prevent COVID-19 infected persons from boarding flights departing Cape Town and Johannesburg. He said he was trying to determine.

According to the rules on the company’s website, passengers were required to present the results of a negative COVID-19 “rapid antigen” test performed 24 hours before departure, but they were required to present evidence of vaccination. There was no.


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“Really strange”

Dutch photographer Paula Zimmerman, who returned from a family visit in South Africa on Friday morning, said the situation was chaotic as passengers on the plane had to wait for hours at the tarmac and terminal.

Zimmerman was said to have been negative at 4 am, almost 18 hours after landing in Amsterdam, but was standing right next to a man who knew he was positive for an infectious disease test. I understand.

“It was really weird. There was no adjustment. There were too few people to actually take control.”

She said Zimmerman was worried over the next few days after spending hours on a flight that was likely to have many infected passengers.

“It is said that they expect more people to test positive in five days. The idea of ​​flying with many people who test positive is a little scary. The Dutch flight ban allows all flights from southern Africa to the Netherlands to be suspended as Dutch citizens are allowed to return and EU citizens are allowed to enter the country in transit. Does not mean.


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Medical staff, airline crews, and people with urgent needs are still allowed to travel. KLM will continue to fly to this area, but travelers will need to stay in quarantine for at least five days after arriving in the Netherlands.

New variants detected as often European countries are working on a surge in cases of coronavirus.

The Dutch government announces the closure of bars, restaurants and other nights on Friday at The store keeps it as it is trying to suppress the record wave of COVID-19 cases that are overwhelming the healthcare system.

(Report by Toby Sterling, Bart Meijer, Johnny Cotton, edited by Frances Kerry)



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A new variant of the Dutch test after discovering 61 COVID cases among South African passengers A new variant of the Dutch test after discovering 61 COVID cases among South African passengers

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