The Dutch said on Saturday that 61 out of six hundred people entering South Africa had tested positive. Authorities have now reported that the omicron variant has been identified in 13 of them.
Following the announcement, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge asked people who had returned home from South Africa in recent days (even before the omicron variant was identified) to go and test themselves as soon as possible.
It is not impossible that there are more cases in the Netherlands than this
He told the press.
For the time being, all of those 600 passengers are still being quarantined. Those who test negative must be quarantined for five days, after which they will be tested again.
In the Netherlands, new restrictions come into force today, according to which almost all shops and catering units will have to be closed from 5 pm (this was provided for before the new variant appeared).