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Amsterdam: 13 travelers from South Africa infected with Omikron

2021-11-28T12:59:22.868Z

The fears have been confirmed: Dutch doctors have detected the virus variant Omikron in 13 travelers from South Africa. They landed in Amsterdam on Friday with two flights from Cape Town.



The fears have been confirmed: Dutch doctors have detected the virus variant Omikron in 13 travelers from South Africa.

They landed in Amsterdam on Friday with two flights from Cape Town.

The Hague - In the Netherlands, infections with the new Coronavirus variant Omikron have been found in 13 travelers from South Africa.

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced on Sunday.

The people came to Amsterdam on Friday with the Dutch airline KLM.

In total, the health authority at Schiphol Airport tested more than 600 passengers on two KLM machines, 61 tests were positive.

All those affected were isolated in a quarantine hotel.

Appeal to all travelers

De Jonge again appealed to all people who have traveled to the Netherlands from southern Africa since last Monday to be tested for Corona immediately.

In the meantime, the rules for access to KLM aircraft in South Africa have been tightened.

Even people who have been vaccinated twice are only allowed on board with a negative PCR test, and a quick test must also be negative shortly beforehand.

Before, vaccinated people did not have to show a test.

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dpa

Source: merkur

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