Omicron variant seen in previous test samples from November in Netherlands

Netherland: The Omicron coronavirus variant was discovered in test samples collected in the Netherlands between November 19 and November 23, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

"The samples showed an anomaly in the spike protein in a particular PCR test," the RIVM reported.

"This raised the possibility that the coronavirus variant Omicron was implicated." The Omicron variation was confirmed in two samples. It's unclear whether these individuals had also travelled to Southern Africa. The Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs) in the regions where the samples were gathered have been notified by RIVM. According to sources, the GGD will warn those affected and begin source and contact tracking.

South Africa was the first place where the Omicron variant was discovered. 624 persons arriving in the Netherlands from South Africa were tested for the coronavirus on Friday, with 61 of them testing positive. According to the most recent RIVM data, the Omicron variant has been detected in 14 of those persons. The RIVM said, "Laboratory tests discovered multiple different strains of the Omicron variation."

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