Officials in the Netherlands say that 61 people arrived from South Africa on two separate flights to Amsterdam and tested positive for Covid-19.
The animals were placed at an isolated hotel close to Schiphol airport.
These passengers were held several hours following their arrival, while being tested for the virus.
Further testing is being done by Dutch authorities to determine if Omicron has been detected. Omicron was identified as an Omicron variant of concern on Friday.
On 24 November, the variant was reported for the first time to South Africa’s World Health Organization.
Many countries worldwide have placed travel restrictions in place for the south African region within the last hour.
The Netherlands, however, is not the only European country that has struggled to control record levels of infection.
On Sunday, a partial lockdown will continue. All cultural and hospitality venues must close by 15:00 and 05:00 on Sunday.
“Kept waiting hours.”
KLM, a Dutch national airline from Johannesburg, flew the passengers to Johannesburg at 10:30 and 11:00 local (09:30 GMT and 10:00 GMT on Friday).
Because of this new variant, the Dutch government already had restrictions on travel to the area and ordered that the passengers be isolated and tested.
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Some complained about the lack of food and drink on board.
According to BBC, passengers travelling via Amsterdam from Cape Town to Manchester were kept on Schiphol’s tarmac for over four hours before finally being allowed to board.
Stephanie Nolen from the New York Times, was on board as a correspondent. Twitter claimed that water was not brought to the cabin by any of the passengersWhile they were still on board the aircraft.
Some passengers posted photos that showed them huddled in an enclosed space with limited ventilation after they were allowed to go.
The Dutch health authorities reported that 61 passengers had been positive for HIV on Saturday.
It stated that the positive results of the tests will be examined quickly to see if they are related to the Omicron variant.
If a positive test was done, the patient would need to be quarantined at a hospital for 7 days or five days depending on the severity of their symptoms.
Negative results are asked for to be isolated at home for 5 days to take additional tests. Transitors can go on with their journeys.
Reports indicate that there have been instances where passengers who did not receive written evidence of a negative result from their screening are denied entry to the next flight.
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