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Amid Omicron Scare, Dozens Of Covid-19 Cases Detected On Flight From South Africa: Dutch Authorities

Dutch Authorities Say Dozens of Covid-19 Cases Found on Flight from South Africa.

Dutch health authorities said that dozens of people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa
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New Delhi: Dutch health authorities said that dozens of people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa on Friday are likely infected with Covid-19, and they are conducting further testing to see if people are infected with the recently discovered Omicron coronavirus variant.

Around 600 passengers arrived at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on the two KLM flights on Friday and then faced hours of delay and the testing due to concerns over new covid-19 variant. On the basis of initial testing, the Dutch health ministry estimated there may be around 85 positive cases among the passengers.

“Travelers with a positive test result will be placed in isolation at a hotel at or near Schiphol,” health authorities said in a statement.

The Dutch government banned all air travel from southern Africa early on Friday. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said that passengers already en route to the Netherlands would have to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival.

The Dutch government separately on Friday announced the nighttime closure of bars, restaurants and most stores as it grapples with a record-breaking wave of Covid-19 cases that is swamping its healthcare system.

The variant, first reported to WHO from South Africa on Wednesday, has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. The WHO has countries to enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts to better understand circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, submit complete genome sequences and associated metadata to a publicly available database.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa,” the WHO said in a press release.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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