FILE - People enactment up to get connected an overseas formation astatine OR Tambo International Airport successful Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 26, 2021. As the satellite grapples with the emergence of the caller highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, disquieted scientists successful South Africa wherever omicron was archetypal identified are scrambling to combat its lightning dispersed crossed the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File) (Jerome Delay, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

THE HAGUE – A full of 61 radical who arrived successful the Netherlands connected 2 flights from South Africa connected Friday tested affirmative for the coronavirus and were successful isolation connected Saturday arsenic the satellite anxiously sought to incorporate a highly transmissible caller coronavirus variant.

Further tests are present underway connected the travelers who arrived astatine Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to found if immoderate of them person the caller omicron variant of COVID-19 that was archetypal discovered successful confederate Africa.

The variant’s swift dispersed among young radical successful South Africa has alarmed wellness professionals. In conscionable 2 weeks, omicron has turned a play of debased transmission successful the state into 1 of accelerated growth.

Two planes arrived successful the Netherlands from Johannesburg and Cape Town soon aft the Dutch government, on with different nations astir the world, connected Friday imposed a prohibition connected flights from confederate African nations pursuing find of the caller omicron variant.


The Kennermerland section wellness authority, which is liable for the investigating and isolation operation, said successful an update Saturday that the radical who tested affirmative indispensable quarantine for 7 days if they person symptoms and 5 days if they are symptom-free.

The 539 travelers who tested antagonistic were allowed to instrumentality location oregon proceed their journeys to different countries. Under authorities regulations, those who unrecorded successful the Netherlands and are allowed to instrumentality location indispensable self-isolate for astatine slightest 5 days.

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