Dutch authorities say 18 passengers from South Africa had Omicron

File photo of passengers travelling from South Africa queue to be tested after being held on the tarmac at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands November 26, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media. ― Handout via Reuters
File photo of passengers travelling from South Africa queue to be tested after being held on the tarmac at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands November 26, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media. ― Handout via Reuters

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THE HAGUE, Dec 4 — Dutch health authorities said today the final tally of passengers on two flights from South Africa last week who had tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant was 18.

The Netherlands' Institute for Health (RIVM) added in a statement that its investigation on passengers on the two flights has now been wrapped up.

The flights had already taken off on November 26 when the Dutch government introduced new travel restrictions due to worries about the newly detected Omicron variant.

More than 600 passengers travelling on the flights were kept isolated and tested for Covid-19, with 61 testing positive, including the 18 who were found to have the Omicron variant.

Those who tested positive but have no symptoms will be allowed out of isolation today while others will have to stay longer, the institute said.

It did not give details on the number of passengers that will be released from isolation. — Reuters

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