Couple who traveled to South Africa arrested for 'fleeing' Amsterdam quarantine hotel

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(CNN) — Dutch constabulary said connected Sunday, November 28 that they arrested a joined mates who had "fled" from a mandatory government-ordered quarantine.

The pair, who AFP identified arsenic a 30-year-old Spanish antheral and 28-year-old Portuguese woman, reportedly arrived astatine Amsterdam's Schiphol airdrome connected Friday from South Africa, wherever the caller Omicron coronavirus variant was archetypal identified and detected past week.

Marechausse, Dutch subject police, "arrested a mates this evening who had fled from a quarantine hotel," constabulary spokesperson Stan Verberkt told CNN.

Marechausse did not specify whether either of them had tested affirmative for Covid. It is besides not yet known however constabulary discovered that the mates had near their quarantine hotel.

The brace had been connected committee 1 of 2 flights from South Africa to Amsterdam, wherever astatine slightest 61 passengers had tested affirmative for the virus, with 13 of those cases confirmed to beryllium the Omicron variant.

The 600 full passengers from the 2 planes were ordered into quarantine astatine a edifice adjacent the airport.

The mates were arrested "(on board) a level that was astir to instrumentality disconnected en way to Spain astatine 6 p.m. section clip (12 p.m. ET) and some persons person been transferred to the GGD (regional Dutch wellness authority)," Verberkt added.

Dutch authorities volition determine if the mates volition look charges of jeopardizing nationalist safety.

GGD spokeswoman Stefanie van Waardenburg confirmed that the mates was among the passengers of a formation that landed astatine Schiphol from Johannesburg connected Friday.

The wellness authorization is carrying retired much tests connected passengers to spot if immoderate transportation the caller Omicron variant, Waardenburg added.

The Netherlands is among the countries that person imposed a formation prohibition connected the confederate African portion (including South Africa) pursuing reports of the caller variant.

Top image: Schiphol Airport's Covid investigating assignment desk. Credit: Paulo Amorim/Sipa USA

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