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Passengers from South Africa were stopped from disembarking two planes on Friday. Fears around the new highly transmissible Omicron COVID variant. 85 confirmed cases have been identified so far, according to an online tracker. The new variant is thought to have 32 mutations in its spike protein.

A KLM flight landed in Amsterdam at 10:45 a.m. local time. A passenger tweeted a video of a Schiphol airport official blocking passengers from leaving the aircraft. The variant has been described as "the worst one we've seen so far" and scientists are concerned about it spreading.

Passengers of two flights from South Africa are being transferred to a secure location at Schiphol. Passengers are provided with food and drinks. They will be tested on the coronavirus. "After landing we waited four hours before we could leave the plane with the stairs," says passenger.

KLM flight from Cape Town and another one from Johannesburg that arrived in Schiphol on Friday morning were held at the airport. The passengers have been transferred to a secured bus station by the Dutch Ministry of Health. Britain, Singapore, Japan and Israel have imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa.
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