Netherlands

RIVM: Omicron variant probably in the Netherlands after flights from South Africa | Inland

updateThere is an initial indication that one or more passengers of the two flights from South Africa that arrived yesterday are carrying the new omicron variant of the corona virus. RIVM reports this tonight after a preliminary analysis.




On Friday evening, 624 passengers returning from South Africa were tested at Schiphol by the GGD Kennemerland. Of these, 61 passengers received a positive test result. These passengers are quarantined in a hotel near Schiphol.

The omicron variant has probably been found in a number of the infected persons. The test samples were sent to RIVM for further analysis to determine definitively whether the new variant, which was discovered in South Africa, is involved. The results are expected in the course of Sunday.

Call to test

RIVM calls on travelers who returned from South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique or Zimbabwe on Monday 22 November or later, to be tested, even if they have no complaints. A special phone number is open for them tonight at 8:00 AM.


Elsewhere in Europe

The omicron variant has also appeared in neighboring countries. In Germany, two infections in Munich have been determined to be this variant. The travelers had returned from South Africa earlier this week. There are also two cases in the United Kingdom, it was announced earlier today.

In Italy, the Omicron variant was diagnosed in someone who recently returned from Mozambique. “The patient and family members are in good health,” the National Institute of Public Health said. The contamination came to light during laboratory tests at a hospital in Milan.

Belgium was the first European country where the variant was established. So far this is just one case. Outside of Europe and Africa, the new variant has appeared in Hong Kong and Israel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the variant the stamp of concern, but as yet it is unclear what the consequences are for the severity of the disease and the effectiveness of vaccines.

RIVM: Omicron variant probably in the Netherlands after flights from South Africa | Inland
Source link RIVM: Omicron variant probably in the Netherlands after flights from South Africa | Inland

Back to top button