Netherlands reports 13 cases of the Omicron strain, more testing underway

Netherland: According to the Dutch Ministry of Health, 13 cases of the novel Omicron coronavirus strain have been found among passengers on flights from South Africa. According to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the cases were discovered among 61 passengers who tested positive for coronavirus.

The novel coronavirus variant B.1.1.529, or Omicron, initially reported in South Africa, has been discovered in 13 of the positive tests in an ongoing sequencing investigation, according to the RIVM. According to the Dutch Health Authority, the inquiry is not yet complete, and the new variety could be detected in more test samples. According to sources, the RIVM has urged returning travellers from Omicron-risk nations such as South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe to get tested if they have returned since November 22.

On Friday, 624 South African travelers were tested for coronavirus. Sixty-one of them had a positive test result. In an effort to prevent the new and probably more transmissible form out, the Netherlands stopped flights from southern African countries on Friday. Hugo de Jonge, the Dutch health minister, said on Sunday that he had not ruled out the potential of extra containment measures, which would be determined by the severity and contagiousness of the new strain, which is still unknown.

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