Dutch find 61 Covid-19 cases among SA passengers, looking for new variant

Dutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 Covid-19 cases among people who flew from SA on Friday

2021-11-27 09:35:00 PM

Dutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 Covid-19 cases among people who flew from SA on Friday

Dutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 Covid-19 cases among people who flew from SA on Friday

The cases were discovered among around 600 passengers who arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on two flights on Friday before the Dutch government halted air traffic from Southern Africa due to concerns over the variant.The passengers from the flights were kept separated from other travellers and those that tested positive are being kept in isolation at a hotel near the airport.

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A spokesperson for the Dutch health ministry said it would not be known until later Saturday whether any of passengers are infected with the new variant.A spokesperson for KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France , said the airline was trying to determine what rules were in place as of Friday morning to prevent people with Covid-19 infections from boarding the flights, which departed from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Rules on the company's website said passengers had to present a negative Covid-19 “rapid antigen” test result taken 24 hours before departure but were not required to show proof of vaccination.A spokesperson for the health authorities in Kennemerland, the Dutch region that oversees Schiphol, said the positive cases were being analysed by the National Institute for Health (RIVM). headtopics.com

LONG WAITPassengers on the two KLM flights said they were kept waiting on the tarmac for hours.“Vigorous applause because there is a BUS that has come to take us ... somewhere,” tweeted New York Times journalist Stephanie Nolen, a passenger on the flight from Johannesburg, during the long wait on Friday.

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“Bus to a hall to a huge queue. I can see Covid testers in bright blue PPE far on the distance. Still no snacks for the sad babies,” she added in a second tweet.On Saturday, Nolan tweeted that she tested negative and was awaiting a further flight to Canada. Passengers remaining in the Netherlands are required to quarantine at home for five days.

The new variant has been detected just as many European countries are grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases.The Dutch government on Friday announced the night-time closure of bars, restaurants and most stores as it tries to curb a record-breaking wave of Covid-19 cases that is swamping its healthcare system.

Meanwhile the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has probably arrived in Germany, a minister in the western state of Hesse said on Saturday after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa."Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa," tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, home to Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest hub and one of Europe's busiest airports. headtopics.com

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He added that a full sequencing of the variant was being carried out and that the person was isolating, and he urged anyone who had travelled from South Africa in the last few weeks to limit contacts and get tested.The new variant has been found at a time when Germany and many other European countries are grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases.

Germany recorded 67,125 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said, and more than 100,000 people have died with COVID-19.Germany is declaring South Africa a virus-variant area, meaning airlines are allowed to fly only Germans to Germany from South Africa, a source told Reuters on Friday. Even those who are vaccinated must spend 14 days in quarantine.

Earlier, Dutch health officials said they had detected 61 COVID-19 cases among people who flew from South Africa on Friday and are trying to establish whether any were infected with the Omicron variant.

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What is the context here ..... What are the stats from other flights from around the world 🌍 flying to dutchland ? Selective Bias and discrimination .... SA did not invent the variant, it's also a victim of it's transitions... WHO is dead silent, useless as ever! How's this possible when all air travellers are tested just prior to flying? Unless the covid testing is suspect

I am very curious please tell us where these 61 Dutch people visited here in SA? You get on a plane in South Africa, tested negative for Covid-19, then 11 hours later isolated from the world you tested positive Yeah right I get it. That serves this government right because they so quick to o press their citizens and apply lockdowns from the rubbish they don't even know. The stigma has now shifted and it will remain south African virus at the end. Let them find it there's a lot to be

What is their current daily rate that side? K.

61 passengers from SA flights test positive for Covid-19, say Dutch authoritiesThe results are currently being examined for the new Covid-19 Omicron variant. And they were jabbed. Am not an anti vaxxer, just this particular jab that does not prevent passing along covid or getting covid.

Dutch find 61 Covid-19 cases among SA passengers, looking for new variantDutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 Covid-19 cases among people who flew from SA on Friday

61 travellers from SA in Netherlands test positive for Covid-19The Dutch government banned all air travel from Southern Africa early on Friday

61 travellers from SA in Netherlands test positive for Covid-19The Dutch government banned all air travel from Southern Africa early on Friday How did they leave here with a negative test which seems mandatory on any flight- then arrived in holland all positive - I don’t get it? We have great testing stations in SAfrica - something does not add up here That's very bad.

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Dutch find 61 Covid-19 cases among SA passengers, looking for new variantDutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 Covid-19 cases among people who flew from SA on Friday