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The ‘appointment desk’ for quarantine and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing appointments inside Schiphol Airport is pictured after Dutch health authorities said 61 people arrivals in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 27, 2021. REUTERS / Eva Plevier

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AMSTERDAM, November 28 (Reuters) – Dutch military police announced on Sunday that they had arrested a married couple who had left a hotel where they were in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and trying to flee the country.

Police known as Marechausse said in a statement the couple were arrested “on a plane about to take off.”

Dozens of passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving on two flights from South Africa on Friday are being kept in quarantine at a hotel near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

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The press release from the Marechausse indicated that the couple, whose names and nationalities were not disclosed, had been handed over to health authorities.

In total, 61 of the more than 600 passengers on flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town have tested positive for COVID-19. Most are in quarantine at the hotel, although some Dutch residents have been allowed to self-quarantine at home.

Dutch health authorities said earlier on Sunday that at least 13 of 61 people are infected with the newly identified Omicron variant of the virus. Read more

La Marechausse did not give more details on the couple’s state of health.

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Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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