At least 15 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed after two planes from South Africa carrying more than 600 passengers landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Friday, Washington Post report.
It is not yet clear if any of these are the case with the new variant of Omicron. Infected passengers will be required to isolate at a hotel for at least five days. According to a New York Times The reporter was a passenger on one of the flights, some of her other passengers did not cover their faces, in violation of Dutch airline KLM regulations.
The Dutch government re-imposed a partial lockdown earlier this month and has planned to tighten those restrictions starting later this week. Under the new policy, most businesses will have to close at 5pm and remain closed until 5am. New Year’s Eve fireworks have been canceled for the second year in a row and crowds have been banned from sporting events.
These new restrictions have resulted in riot in Rotterdam earlier this month. Protesters threw rocks and set cars on fire, and police shot and wounded two people.
Although the national vaccination rate is more than 70 per cent, one of the highest rates in Europe, the Netherlands’ infection rate is still at its highest level since the start of the pandemic, with more than 20,000 new cases per day.
https://theweek.com/coronavirus/1007500/planes-from-south-africa-carrying-covid-positive-passengers-land-in-amsterdam Plane from South Africa carrying COVID-positive passengers lands in Amsterdam, Netherlands, scaring Omicron