Dutch police said on Sunday they arrested a couple on a plane after they “fled” from a hotel where passengers from South Africa who have tested positive for Covid-19 are being quarantined.
Dutch military police at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport “arrested a couple this evening who had fled from a quarantine hotel,” police spokesman Stan Verberkt told CNN.
The couple — a Spanish citizen and a Portuguese national — were arrested on a plane that was about to take off en route to Spain at 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET), Verberkt said.
They are not in custody but are being quarantined at another facility, Verberkt said, adding the prosecutor will decide in the next few days if they will be charged.
Public health authority (GGD) spokesperson Stefanie van Waardenburg said the couple was among the passengers on a flight that landed at Schiphol from Johannesburg on Friday.
Some of the passengers on that flight tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, Waardenburg said. The arrested couple did not test positive for the Omicron variant.
The Netherlands is among a growing number of countries that have imposed a flight ban on the southern African region.
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