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Dutch COVID-19 quarantine ends for most South African passenger authorities

People walk outside XL Schiphol test pavilion after Dutch health authorities said 61 people arriving in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov. 27, 2021. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/file photo

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AMSTERDAM, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – Dutch health authorities said more than 20 passengers who have been quarantined since testing positive for COVID-19 after flying from South Africa on Nov. 26 will be allowed to depart on Thursday.

A spokesman for the health authority of Kennemerland, in which Schiphol airport is located, said authorities would not reveal whether any of the 14 passengers infected with the Omicron variant of the virus will be released, citing privacy concerns.

They also will not disclose or discuss the severity of those patients’ symptoms, the spokesperson added, also citing privacy concerns.

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The GGD tested more than 600 passengers who had arrived on two flights departing from Johannesburg and Cape Town on Friday, before the Dutch government changed the rules for air traffic from southern Africa due to concerns about the Omicron variant. read more

Of 62 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19, 44 were kept in isolation in a hotel near Schiphol, while some Dutch people have been quarantined at home.

Monday’s follow-up tests show that more than half of those detained at the hotel are now free to continue their journey, a statement from the GGD said. read more

“Persons who have tested positive remain in isolation. Their situation varies… some have symptoms, others have none or hardly at all,” GGD Kennemerland director Bert van Velden said in a statement.

The discovery of Omicron, dubbed a “variety of care” by the World Health Organization, has raised concerns worldwide that it would resist vaccines and prolong the COVID-19 pandemic. read more

The Dutch health authorities are also trying to contact and test about 5,000 other passengers who have traveled from countries in southern Africa since November 20. Those tests have detected two additional Omicron cases so far.

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Reporting by Toby Sterling Editing by John Stonestreet and David Goodman

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