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Netherlands seeks 5,000 people from Africa to be tested for coronavirus

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The Dutch authorities are trying to locate some 5,000 people who arrived last week from a country in southern Africa to undergo a test of coronavirus, while investigating whether a total of 61 people who tested positive after arriving yesterday from South Africa carry the new omicron variant.

The Dutch municipal health services (GGD) are trying to locate approximately 5,000 people who have landed in Amsterdam since last Monday on flights from Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe or South Africa, according to public television NOS.

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The objective is to subject all of them to a PCR to determine if they are infected with the coronavirus and to investigate, if they test positive, if they are infected with the new strain.

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The 600 passengers who arrived yesterday on two flights from South Africa -Johannesburg and Cape Town- and who landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport have already been subjected to the necessary tests, and 61 of them tested positive for coronavirus, although it is not yet clear if they are infected with the omicron variant.

The two flights arrived after a ban on flights from South Africa was announced, leaving the 600 travelers stuck at the airport for the entire day, awaiting the result of their test.

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People who have tested positive must comply with a mandatory quarantine of at least seven days if they present symptoms, and five days if they are asymptomatic, while the rest of the passengers who obtained a negative result must self-isolate for five days, until they are retested. new PCR that, if negative, allows them to lift the quarantine.

A total of 60 people are isolated in a hotel in the Schiphol area, most of them who tested positive, but also some who tested negative and who for logistical or personal reasons prefer not to isolate themselves at home.

The GGD also allowed about five people who tested positive to quarantine their home because they live alone and can go home in their own transport.

The Dutch Government declared this Friday at noon the total suspension of all flights from southern African countries as a preventive measure after the detection of the new variant of the coronavirus in the region.

These countries also became “classified as very high risk areas” for coronavirus, which implies “a quarantine obligation” and the submission of two tests to travelers from these countries, and one of them must be less 24 hours.

The 27 of the European Union (EU) also agreed on Friday afternoon to suspend flights to seven African countries due to the new variant, European sources informed EFE. They are South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

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