The Netherlands confirms 13 cases of Omicron
The Netherlands has confirmed 13 new cases of the new Omicron variant.
Dutch health authorities said cases of the variant were found among people on two flights from South Africa to Amsterdam on Friday.
"The Omicron variant has so far been identified in 13 of the positive tests. The investigation is not over yet. The new variant can be found in more testing samples, "said the health authorities in the Netherlands.
Many countries have imposed travel bans or restrictions on South Africa in an effort to curb the spread. Health authorities are making efforts to understand the effect of the variant on transmissibility, serious illness, mortality, antibody response, and vaccine efficacy.
Meanwhile in the UK three cases of infections with the new Covid mutation have been confirmed.
What is Omicron?
Omicron is the latest Covid mutation, which has caused concern among scientists, as it contains multiple mutations and is suspected of being able to bypass immunization from both vaccination and previous infection.
This variant was first discovered in South Africa and has been described by the WHO as a disturbing variant due to its aggressiveness.