Couple who escaped Covid quarantine hotel arrested by Dutch police

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A couple were arrested and taken on a plane to the Netherlands after attempting to escape from a quarantine hotel and leave the country.

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Police said the couple – a Spanish man aged 30 and a Portuguese woman aged 28 – were arrested on a plane bound for Spain.

Public health authority spokeswoman Stephanie van Waardenburg said one of the couple’s members had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in isolation, while the other person tested negative but was in quarantine.

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“The arrest took place in the plane that was about to take off. They were on the plane that was about to depart for Spain,” the officials said.

News of the arrests came as Dutch authorities tested more than 600 passengers arriving for Omicron on two flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, the new version of COVID-19 detected for the first time in South Africa.

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A total of 61 tested positive for Covid-19 and 13 for Omicron.

Hours before the couple was caught, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jong said the Netherlands administration would ensure compliance with the quarantine rules.

He said the administration was concerned that more people could be infected with the Omicron type.

“We are concerned, but how much we should be at this stage, we don’t know yet,” Mr de Jong said.

Police said the couple was handed over to public health officials, but it is not yet known how they escaped from the quarantine hotel.

Like many other countries, the Netherlands has tightened travel rules following the spread of the new version. Public demonstrations have also taken place in recent weeks against lockdown rules, which have been reimposed in the country after a surge of cases in Europe.

The WHO has said it is working with researchers around the world to establish whether the new “anxiety type” causes “more severe illness than other types of infection”.

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