A couple who tested positive for COVID-19 have been arrested after escaping a quarantine hotel in the Netherlands before trying to leave the country.
Dutch police said the two men were arrested on a plane that was about to take off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Sunday evening.
The officers did not disclose the names and nationalities of the detainees, but the city’s Het Parol newspaper reported that they were a Spanish man and a Portuguese woman who were trying to travel to Spain.
The couple had been staying at a quarantine hotel in the Kinmerland region, where South African travelers who tested positive for COVID-19 are being isolated themselves.
Of 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.
It is not clear if the couple are among these travelers.
De Telegraaf reported that they had been handed over to health authorities and could be prosecuted for breaching Dutch quarantine rules.
The newspaper added that their arrests were carried out “without violence.”
Private security guards at the hotel make sure guests stay isolated, while the police outside ensure that no one enters the building if they don’t need to be there.