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De Jonge calls on return travelers from South Africa to test and isolate

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Travelers who have returned from southern Africa since last Monday have been urged by outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) to be tested and to go into quarantine. There is a chance that they are infected with the new, more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus. From Sunday they can make an appointment via the special number 0800-5005, he says on Twitter. The persons are not obliged to quarantine, but are urgently advised to do so, according to a spokesperson for the ministry.

These are travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho and Eswatini (Swaziland). These countries now have an entry ban for non-EU citizens. The Dutch can still travel back and forth to southern Africa. Upon return to the Netherlands, they must have a double negative test result and must be in home isolation for at least five days on arrival.

RIVM announced on Saturday that the more contagious variant was probably also found in the Netherlands. The Omicron variant is said to have been found in travelers from South Africa. Of the total of 624 passengers, 61 were found to be infected with corona. RIVM is expected to announce in the course of Sunday whether the more contagious variant has been found in them.

The infected passengers are currently staying in a corona hotel near Schiphol Airport. People with complaints must stay there for seven days. Security is present, a spokesperson for the GGD Kennemerland said on Friday evening.



De Jonge calls on return travelers from South Africa to test and isolate
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