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Couple arrested on plane in Netherlands for leaving mandatory quarantine – RT en français

A couple who arrived in Amsterdam from South Africa on November 26 were arrested on a plane about to take off to Spain, after leaving the hotel where they were confined. They risk prosecution for “endangering public safety”.

Dutch authorities said on November 28 that they arrested a couple on a plane at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport who had “fled” a hotel where Covid-19 positive passengers from South Africa had been quarantined. The couple, a 30-year-old Spaniard and a 28-year-old Portuguese woman, were handed over to health authorities, according to the gendarmerie.

“The Dutch Royal Constabulary at Schiphol arrested a couple this evening who had fled from a quarantine hotel. The arrests took place on a plane about to take off. They were on a plane leaving for Spain, ”spokesman Stan Verberkt told CNN, Reuters and AFP.

Prosecutions for « endangering public security » were in preparation on the evening of November 28. A spokeswoman for the Dutch health authority, Stefanie van Waardenburg, said the couple were in solitary confinement again, but not in the same hotel. One of the two members of the couple is positive, the other negative but subject to quarantine.

13 passengers on the same flight carrying the Omicron variant

These arrests occurred as the Dutch authorities announced that 13 people had been infected with the Omicron variant, out of the 61 who tested positive for Covid-19 on the arrival of two flights carrying 600 passengers, including the couple arrested, at the ‘airport on November 26.

A few hours before these two arrests, the Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge had assured that the Dutch authorities would enforce the quarantine by the passengers. The passengers who test positive for Covid are almost all in the same hotel. A handful have been allowed to self-quarantine at home. The negative passengers were also ordered a home quarantine.

« We will check that they respect these rules, » Hugo de Jonge told reporters. Police and security guards are on guard around the quarantine hotel, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

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