TrSixteen passengers who left South Africa and arrived in Amsterdam on Friday positively diagnosed with Covit-19 were carriers of the Omigron variant, Dutch health officials announced on Sunday.
“The Omicron variant has so far been identified in 13 positive trials. But the investigation is not over yet. The new variant can be found in other models, ”the National Institute of Public Health (RIVM) said in a statement.
61 passengers from Johannesburg and Cape Town tested positive when they landed in Amsterdam, and 531 tested negative. Positive cases are isolated at a hotel near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
“We urge people coming from this area to get tested as soon as possible,” Health Minister Hugo de Jong told a news conference. “I can’t imagine there are more cases in the Netherlands,” he continued.
“We are worried, but we still do not know how long we should be,” the minister reiterated. “The WHO has said it’s a worrying variant, but will only show it in the next few weeks.”
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