The Hague, December 1, : The Omicron Coronavirus variant was detected in test Samples taken in the Netherlands between November19 and 23, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has announced.The RIVM stated that the Samples had shown an abnormality in spike protein in a special PCR test.
“This raised concerns that the Omicron coronavirus variant might be involved.”
Two Samples were confirmed to be the Omicron variant.It is not known if these people have also visited southern Africa.
RIVM has notified the Municipal Public Health Services in the areas where the Samples were taken.
According to Xinhua news agency, the GGD will notify those involved and begin source and contact tracing.
South Africa was the first to report the Omicron variant.624 people from South Africa arrived in the Netherlands last Friday to be tested for the coronavirus.61 of them were positive.According to the most recent RIVM data, 14 people tested positive for the Omicron variant.
“Laboratory tests identified several strains of Omicron variant,” the RIVM said.
“This indicates that the people were likely infected independently from one another, possibly from different sources or at different locations.”
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