61 tests positive for Covid upon arrival in the Netherlands from South Africa

A total of 61 people who arrived in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa on Friday have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in isolation as the world strives to contain a new type of rapidly transmissible coronavirus.

More tests are being conducted on travelers arriving at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to determine if any of them have the new variant of Omicron from Covid-19 that was first detected in South Africa.

The rapid spread of the variant among young South Africans has alarmed health professionals. In just two weeks, it turned the country’s low transition period into a period of rapid growth.

Two planes arrived in the Netherlands from Johannesburg and Cape Town shortly after the Dutch government, along with other countries around the world, on Friday imposed a ban on flights from South African countries after the discovery of the omicron species.

The local health authority in Kinnermerland, which is responsible for the testing and isolation process, said in an update Saturday that people who test positive should be quarantined for seven days if they show symptoms and five days if they are symptom-free.

The 539 passengers who tested negative were allowed to return home or continue their flights to other countries.

Under government regulations, those who live in the Netherlands and are allowed to return home must self-isolate for at least five days.

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