Monitoring the spread of Omikron variant by RIVM
‘RIVM monitors the spread of the omikron variant in various ways. For this, the samples from people with a positive corona test result are further examined. Until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, the omikron variant of the coronavirus was confirmed in a total of 18 people in the Netherlands. This is without the 18 confirmed passengers of the flights that came from South Africa on November 26,” RIVM said.
Flight ban on Southern Africa
Since November 26, there is a flight ban in the Netherlands for flights from southern Africa. People who are allowed to travel must have a negative PCR polymerase chain reaction test result before departure to the Netherlands.
Mandatory home quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands
They are also required to be in home quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands. Upon arrival at Schiphol, these people are offered a PCR test. Some people do not take the test on arrival, but have themselves tested later at one of the GGD Municipal Health Services. All samples from these tests go to one of the labs in the Netherlands for sequencing. So far, the omikron variant has been demonstrated in 14 people in total.
RIVM works closely with laboratories in the Netherlands. There were three laboratories in the Netherlands that routinely use a special PCR test that can detect the abnormality in the spike protein. They will retroactively send the samples suspected of being the omikron variant. This concerns samples that were taken from 25 October in the GGD test streets.
Omikron variant detected in 4 samples
Until now, RIVM was able to confirm the omikron variant in 4 samples. More laboratories in the Netherlands will be using the special PCR test in the near future. They will also submit suspicious samples for sequencing. The results are fed back to the GGDs where the samples were taken. They can then start the source and contact investigation.
Omikron variant now confirmed in a total of 36 people in the Netherlands
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