61 arrivals from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19

The Hague, The Netherlands (AP) — A total of 61 people arriving in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa on Friday were positive for coronavirus and were anxious for the world to contain a new highly infectious coronavirus variant. Isolated on Saturday. ..

Further testing is currently underway for travelers arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to see if they have the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which was first discovered in southern Africa.

The rapid spread of variants among South African adolescents has surprised medical professionals. In just two weeks, Omicron changed the period of low infection in the country 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, banned flights from South African countries following the discovery of a new variant of Omicron.

Kenner Marland, local health officials responsible for testing and quarantine operations, said in a Saturday update that people who test positive should be quarantined for 7 days if they have symptoms and 5 days if they have no symptoms. Said.

The 539 travelers who tested negative were allowed to return or continue their journey to another country. Those who live in the Netherlands and are allowed to return home under government regulations must be quarantined for at least 5 days.