Netherlands: Omicron mutation confirmed in 13 of 61 passengers who test positive for coronavirus

Flights from South Africa to the Netherlands on Friday brought coronavirus-infected passengers with them. Thirteen of them were found to have a new Omicron strain.

Just a few hours ago, our publication reported that every tenth passenger of two planes arriving on Friday at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from South Africa, showed a positive result test for coronavirus. A total of 624 people arrived. All of them were tested for the presence of COVID-19. Checks continued on Saturday. Some passengers are believed to have been diagnosed with the new Omicron strain.

And now the results of more thorough laboratory studies have become known: the Omicron mutation was confirmed in thirteen people.

According to the order of the authorities, “people with a positive test result are placed in isolation in a hotel in Schiphol or near it.” Since Friday, the Dutch government has banned all travel from South African countries. Hugo de Jong, Minister of Health of the Netherlands, explained that those already traveling to the country must undergo diagnostic tests and remain in quarantine upon arrival.

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