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Dutch find 13 Omicron cases among S.Africa travellers

WorldNov 28, 2021 03:17PM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. People stand at a counter at the XL Schiphol test location, after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Eva Pl 2/3

By Bart H. Meijer

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities said on Sunday that 13 cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found in the Netherlands among passengers that were on two flights from South Africa that arrived on Friday.

They were among 61 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 on the two flights, which carried about 600 people. Those who tested positive are being kept in isolation at a hotel near the airport.

"In our (virus) sequencing investigation, which is still ongoing, we have so far found 13 cases of the Omicron variant among the positive (passenger COVID-19) tests," the National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in a statement.

"It is not unlikely more cases will appear in the Netherlands," Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said at a press conference in Rotterdam. "This could possibly be the tip of the iceberg."

The Dutch investigation began with testing of all the people who arrived on the two flights from South Africa at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Friday, before the Dutch government changed its rules on air traffic from southern Africa due to concerns over the variant.

The discovery of Omicron, dubbed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization, has sparked worries around the world that it could resist vaccinations and prolong the nearly two-year COVID-19 pandemic.

Dutch health authorities are also seeking to contact and test some 5,000 other passengers who have travelled from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia or Zimbabwe since Monday.

Worries over the variant come as many European countries are already grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases.

In the Netherlands, rules go into effect on Sunday mandating the closure of bars, restaurants and most stores at 5 p.m. in an attempt to reverse a record-breaking wave of COVID-19 cases that is swamping the healthcare system.

Dutch find 13 Omicron cases among S.Africa travellers
 

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Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Nov 28, 2021 8:09PM ET
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"It is not unlikely more cases will appear in the Netherlands," Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said at a press conference in Rotterdam. "This could possibly be the tip of the iceberg."  So is "not unlikely" the equivalent of "likely"?   And is "possibly" the same as "probably" or is that "not unlikely"?
Whaling Trawler
Whaling Trawler Nov 28, 2021 4:23PM ET
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Lucky 13. Nothing wrong with that...
Thanos theBear
Thanos theBear Nov 28, 2021 3:59PM ET
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all all those folks were vaccinated. f you jab fookers
jj mm
jj mm Nov 28, 2021 3:48PM ET
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don't forget that it's not a new virus but just a variant. They already know the enemy they know what to do and taking into account all the money on the table put by the fed....don't expect a deep like the one that happened when covid19 was discovered for the first time
Javier Escamilla
Javier Escamilla Nov 28, 2021 3:22PM ET
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Hoping for a red week on travel stocks to add heavy on them. :)
rizwan aslam
rizwan aslam Nov 28, 2021 1:30PM ET
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Let see dow 33k tomorrow
jj mm
jj mm Nov 28, 2021 1:30PM ET
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don't forget that it's not a new virus but just a variant. they already know the enemy they know what to do and taking into account all the money on the table put by the fed....don't expect a deep like the one that happened when covid19 for the first time
Sol Wein
Sol Wein Nov 28, 2021 10:54AM ET
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Give it up. Cant be stoped and only hope is for more natural immunity. Instead we shuld celibate those who get it and recover, which is 99.8%!
Martijn WN
Speculeerbeer Nov 28, 2021 10:54AM ET
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Overflow in hospitals, postponed operations, people who could otherwise be helped die. What are you on about? Very shortsighted comment.
Deng Yishun
Deng Yishun Nov 28, 2021 9:40AM ET
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https://www.cityam.com/coronavirus-blessing-in-the-sky-omicron-may-be-very-positive-news-for-the-world-if-new-covid-mutation-kills-off-more-lethal-delta-variant/
Al Ose
Al Ose Nov 28, 2021 8:40AM ET
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Lost in all this is that historically a virus loses its punch over time as it mutates. Dont agree? Name one that is floating around out there?
Manfred Kruger
Manfred Kruger Nov 28, 2021 8:40AM ET
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Unless this is a man made virus designed to mutate continually ensuring that vaccines are unable to stop it
Tim Hilliard
Tim Hilliard Nov 28, 2021 8:40AM ET
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You can't stop viruses. Ever.
Isidro Fernandez
Isidro Fernandez Nov 28, 2021 8:22AM ET
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good thing is that no worries on sports events, virus don't go there.
Ricky Singh
Ricky Singh Nov 28, 2021 8:02AM ET
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The new variant will help some Pharmas to make billions more and it will only spread among common people and that too during holidays only . Once the institutions buy all what they can at market lows , the variant will come under control and market will become green !
Al Ose
Al Ose Nov 28, 2021 8:02AM ET
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We should play poker. How much money you got?
Boinky Rasputin
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I think some mutation in this virus compels you to get on an airplane ASAP.
Al Ose
Al Ose Nov 28, 2021 7:57AM ET
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That is hilarious!
Devaraj Krishnamoorthy
Devaraj Krishnamoorthy Nov 28, 2021 7:57AM ET
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:-)
Vinod Shekhapuram
Vinod Shekhapuram Nov 28, 2021 7:04AM ET
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So the new variant doesnt infect before 5 PM ?
 
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