Corona virus: a mutant omicron appeared in the Netherlands before it was discovered in South Africa


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It was believed that two flights from South Africa brought the first cases of Omicron to the Netherlands on Sunday.

Dutch officials have said that the new mutant of the Covid-19 virus, omicron, was present in the Netherlands earlier than previously thought.

It was identified in two samples from two tests taken in the country between 19 and 23 November, before the discovery of the mutant was first reported in South Africa.

It is not clear whether the two people who took the test had visited South Africa.

It was previously believed that two planes flown in from South Africa on Sunday were the ones that brought the first cases of the mutant in the Netherlands.

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