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Couple infected with COVID-19 arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport after fleeing quarantine hotel

After fleeing a quarantine hotel in the Netherlands, a married couple who tested positive for COVID-19 have been arrested before attempting to leave the country.

The couple were nabbed on an airplane that was about to take off at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Sunday evening, according to Dutch police.

Officers did not release the names and nationalities of those detained, but the city’s Het Parool newspaper reported that they were a Spanish man and Portuguese woman who were trying to fly to Spain.

Their arrest was made “without violence”, the newspaper added.

The couple had been staying at a quarantined hotel in the Kennmerland region, where travellers from South Africa who have tested positive for COVID-19 are self-isolating.

Among more than 600 passengers on two flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, 61 have tested positive for COVID-19 – and 13 of them were infected with the Omicron variant.

Private security guards at the hotel make sure guests remain in isolation, while police outside ensures no one enters the premises if they do not need to be there.

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