Netherlands confirms cases of the new variant in 13 passengers from South Africa

The health authorities of the Netherlands have confirmed this Sunday the presence of at least 13 cases of the new omicron variant among the 61 passengers who tested positive last Friday after landing at Amsterdam airport on two flights from South Africa. The Institute of Public Health (RIVM) is analyzing this weekend the samples collected from 61 of the 624 passengers who arrived on Friday from Johannesburg and Cape Town, although the investigation of the other positive tests continues so that the cases of the new variant may increase.

The toilets subjected passengers to coronavirus tests landed in Amsterdam on Friday on two flights from South Africa, when an air traffic ban from several southern African countries came into force due to fears of the new strain. To determine which variant of SARS-CoV-2 the passengers who tested positive are infected with, the RIVM experts did an analysis of the samples and a study of the virus sequence.

It’s the first time i know officially confirms the presence of this new variant in the Netherlands, although some cases have already been detected in other European countries, but not in such a large number as confirmed this Sunday in Dutch territory. On Saturday the RIVM already stressed that there are “probably” several cases of the omicron variant among these travelers, although he added that we had to wait for more analysis to confirm it definitively.

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A spokesperson for the RIVM said in an explanation to public television NOS that “in a series of rapid tests, an anomaly was found in the so-called spike protein, which indicates that it is an abnormal variant of the virus ”and this led to“ strongly suspect that it is omicron ”. The RIVM published its preliminary findings to urge travelers who have returned from some country in southern Africa since last Monday to have a test, even if they do not have symptoms of covid-19, and regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.

The Dutch authorities are trying to locate approximately 5,000 passengers who arrived in the last week of Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe or South Africa, for testing. In addition to a flight ban, these countries became “Classified as very high risk areas”, which implies “an obligation of quarantine” and the submission of two tests to travelers from these countries, one of them must be less than 24 hours.

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