Dutch say 61 optimistic for Covid on flights from SA

THE HAGUE, Dutch well being authorities stated Saturday that 61 passengers from two flights from South Africa examined optimistic for Covid-19 and the outcomes have been being examined for the brand new Omicron variant.

The individuals who examined optimistic have been now being quarantined in a lodge close to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the place the 600 individuals on board the 2 planes from Johannesburg spent hours ready on Friday.

“We now know that 61 of the outcomes have been optimistic and 531 unfavorable,” the Dutch Well being Authority (GGD) stated in an announcement.

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“The optimistic check outcomes will probably be examined as quickly as doable to find out whether or not this issues the brand new worrisome variant, which has since been given the identify Omicron variant.”

EU well being authorities have stated the brand new pressure poses a “excessive to very excessive threat” to the continent.

All passengers who examined optimistic should keep in quarantine on the lodge for seven days in the event that they present signs and for 5 days if they don’t, the GGD stated.

Passengers who examined unfavorable, however who’re remaining within the Netherlands, are anticipated to isolate at house.

“We perceive that persons are pissed off by this,” the assertion added, “individuals have simply made an extended journey with the concept they’ll shortly be house,” it stated.

“As an alternative simply after touchdown, they’re confronted with a state of affairs we’ve by no means earlier than skilled within the Netherlands, particularly that individuals must be examined at Schiphol and are compelled to attend till they get a end result.”

Those that don’t dwell within the Netherlands can “proceed their journey”, it stated.

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