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  • A flight from South Africa to Amsterdam, there were dozens of positive covid-19 cases
  • Dutch Officials fear that there might be 85 positive COVID-19 cases out of the 600 passengers arriving on the two KLM flights
  • Travelers with positive test results will be placed in isolation at a hotel at or near Schiphol

As the new COVID-19 variant omicron has been detected, Dutch Health authorities informed that a flight coming from South Africa on Friday to Amsterdam found dozens of COVID-19 cases. As the news popped up, officials started rigorous testing to check whether people are infected with the recently discovered Omicron coronavirus variant.

Officials said that approximately 600 passengers arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on the two KLM flights. All the passengers faced hours of delays and testing due to concerns over the new virus variant. According to tests, the officials fear that there might be 85 positive cases. Talking to the media, the health authorities informed that travelers with positive test results will be placed in isolation at a hotel at or near Schiphol.

Back on Friday, as the news of the new variant made it to the headlines, the Dutch government banned all air travel from southern Africa. Passengers already en route to the Netherlands would have to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival, the Ministry added.

Meanwhile, the Dutch government has announced the nighttime closure of bars, restaurants, and most stores as it grapples with a record-breaking wave of COVID-19 cases.

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