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World Races Against Omicron Variant

A new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in several countries. The WHO has called on all countries to increase surveillance and genome sequencing to better understand the newly circulating variant.

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A KLM  airplane landed from Johannesbourg is parked at the gate E19 at the Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands, on November 27, 2021. - Dutch health authorities said that 61 passengers aboard two KLM flights from South Africa tested positive for Covid-19 and the results were being examined for the new Omicron variant. The positive cases -- more than one tenth of the 600 people on the two planes -- were quarantined in a hotel near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, one of Europe's biggest international air travel hubs.

AMSTERDAM, SUNDAY – A new strain of the novel coronavirus first detected in South Africa has caused a number of countries to impose lockdowns or at least close their borders. The new variant, Omicron, has already been detected in several countries.

Dutch health authorities said on Sunday (11/28/2021) that the Omicron variant had been found in 13 passengers on two flights from South Africa. The cases were discovered after 61 of the 600 passengers on two KLM flights tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam last Friday.

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