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NEW—“Dozens” likely infected onboard 2 flights ✈️ carrying ~600 people from South Africa that landed in Netherlands—Dutch health service estimates up to ~85 cases —so far 15 positive from 110 tested. Nearly 500 results still pending—& pending if #Omicron. reuters.com/world/europe/p…

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In reply to @DrEricDing
2) “The Dutch government banned all air travel from southern Africa early on Friday—passengers already en route to the 🇳🇱 would have to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival. Passengers from Cape Town & Johannesburg, said they were kept waiting on the tarmac for hours.”
Remember when airlines were like “we ventilate so well you can’t get sick on these planes definitely still fly with us 😃”
In reply to @DrEricDing
4) More cases from South Africa 🇿🇦 (Cape Town and Johannesburg) on two flights ✈️ to Amsterdam rolling in… potentially #OmicronVariant—awaiting more tests.
In reply to @DrEricDing
WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE STILL TRAVELLING!! I refuse to believe it is all absolutely essential or for compassionate reasons. Just sit still during a pandemic, FFS.
Be mindful. This new strain is very concerning. Mask up, social distance, sanitize hands and get your vaccines and boosters. It’s our best defense.
In reply to @DrEricDing
3) Is this “growth advantage” in action? Unclear if all are #Omicron variant. But this can’t be good. Likely double digits numbers of #B11529 cases by this weekend will be identified from these two flights.
Can someone explain why people are wearing surgical masks only at this point during the pandemic & how they're flying long-haul w just a surgical 😷?

There needs to be clear information that #COVIDisAirborne! @doctorsoumya can you please help?
In reply to @DrEricDing
Since January 23, 2020, I’ve done all I could to avoid catching COVID bc I know if I don’t catch it, I can’t pass it. My daughter is a hairdresser but I don’t cut my hair to set an example. I only go indoors for groceries & twice to dentist. Normally 3 golf trips/year none since. pic.twitter.com/tXzswrVigf
IMPORTANT: If you’re looking for accurate and respected sources on COVID-19, vaccines and the Omicron variant. Look to the words of Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, epidemiologist and health economist. Also one of the first experts to raise the alarm and warning bell on the pandemic.
In reply to @triangle24
Beklenen oldu. Omicron yayılımda. Türkiye’ye geldi mi? Veri yok. Gelir mi? Muhtemelen.
In reply to @DrEricDing
And this is how we start a new global pandemic. Have countries not learned anything from the initial wave of Sars-CoV-2 and how to mitigate the spread of the virus by restricting travel, or is it simply a monetary affair where airplane businesses do not wish to lose revenue?
In reply to @DrEricDing
Are all the cases mild or asymptomatic so far? Honestly if it is a mega variant that isn't making people symptomatic, that's the best news ever.
In reply to @DrEricDing
I can just imagine what the numbers will be from this holiday weekend
In reply to @DrEricDing
This is a global issue and should be treated as such. We need to vaccinate the globe. What country will step up?
Омикрон: Голланд 2 онгоц 600 хүний дөнгөж 110 тестээс 15 эерэг... Одоогоор..
In reply to @DrEricDing
Unless you’re doing incoming quarantine, omicron will probably be the dominant variant. Unless somehow it isn’t stable and disappears on its own
In reply to @DrEricDing
It is already in the United States. I suggest everyone enjoy their last month before everything is shut down again
In reply to @DrEricDing
Close down the damn borders.
Die Luftfahrt hat geliefert.
In reply to @DrEricDing
600 people tested in airplane coming from South Africa after travel restrictions: 61 test positive. News article in Dutch. nos.nl/artikel/240723… reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/…
In reply to @DrEricDing
And my country asks them to isolate (quarantine) and let them go home.. by train, etc. 😔
In reply to @DrEricDing
This is why I feel the U.S. restriction starting Monday is flawed. Add to the fact we don’t have mandatory quarantine, this has all the ingredients to bad really bad.
Great stuff. My wife just got back from the Netherlands visiting her poorly mum. Testing today AGAIN. And also doing daily lfts
This is the flight that Stephanie Nolen was on.
In reply to @DrEricDing
Not a single mask strap around the back of anyone’s head in that foto indicating no #n95 #respirator masks worn-#OmicronIsAirborne & #COVIDisAirborne message hasn’t gotten out by federal leaders #Omicron #B11529
In reply to @DrEricDing
A stark example of the failings of the world to deal collectively with this disease. Rich countries hoarding the majority of doses is of little help when the virus can run rampant in poorer countries creating the perfect conditions for worrying variants to emerge and then spread.
In reply to @DrEricDing
There goes the theory that air travel doesn’t spread COVID… 🤦🏻‍♀️
"Dozens" may be infected from 2🛩
Flights of 600 people coming from
#SouthAfrica & landing in 🛩📍 #Netherlands ....🌏📍

In reply to @DrEricDing
Eric how many of those individuals have been vaccinated?? That’s what you should be telling the people were these people vaccinated yes or no ??? Putting fear is not the way to do this
Seriously, PLEASE get #CovidVaccine y’all. We are getting ready to get hit hard and with fewer tools to fight because of @TNGOP.
In reply to @DrEricDing
I still say folks shouldn't travel ANYWHERE yet and people who refuse to get vaxxed shouldn't be allowed to travel. If you absolutely have to travel mask up. So much of this could be avoidable. And many humans STILL are siding w stupid. This variant will be another setback.
In reply to @DrEricDing
The mutant was reported in 7/2021. I am pretty sure it has spread. If anything we learned in the last 1 year is that lockdown and travel ban do not work. We should focus on mortality data in South Africa in the last few months, what if they are milder than delta?
I am so tired, y'all. I've stayed mostly locked down since March 2020 (helped by getting laid off in Sep 2020 and starting to WFH instead). I haven't seen my family in 2.5 yrs. My dad died 3 mos ago. I just want to be with my mom. There are 3 reasons #COVID19 keeps dragging on.
Eski sömürgeler Avrupa’dan virüsle intikamını alıyor. Delta Hindistan’dan çıkıp İngiltere’yi vurdu. Güney Afrika’da eski patronu Hollanda’ya selam göndermiş.
Ayrıca aşı oranı yüksek hatta stokçu zengin batı bunu paylaşmamanın bedelini de ödüyor.
Kanada 450 milyon aşı stokladı
In reply to @DrEricDing
Stop alarming on speculation before we know! Please! There may be good reason, but you're not the one judge. You're the one to report. Just keep on!
In reply to @DrEricDing
South Africa has a low vaccination rate. How many of these people are vaccinated? What are the stats of this strain and vaccinated people getting it vs the Delta strain?
Гол аюул нь 1) зэрлэг “хурдтай” халдварладаг
2) хүний дархлаанаас “нуугдаж” чаддаг зэвүүн мутаци
File this under *of course they were -what else would we expect given no changes to onboad virus security have been made, FFS???*

Also under *FFS* & *Things we knew would happen*
Ne pas retenir les leçons du passé, COVID-19 vol. 82716: fermer les frontières, semer la panique, bloquer les passagers serrés.
En Belgique, le cas + à omicron n'a pas voyage en Afrique Australe
In reply to @georgeorrwhite
Stuff is hitting the fan already. Hawaii should react appropriately and quickly. @LtGovJoshGreen @GovHawaii twitter.com/DrEricDing/sta…
Dann ist der Dreck eh längst da. 🤷‍♀️
Ngerii. Seperti kasus di Hongkong pulang dari afsel bawa varian Omicron.

Moga @Menlu_RI sudah ambil langkah antisipasinya dengan memperketat kedatangan tamu dari Afsel dan sekitarnya.
So probably also the day before, and the day before... and KLM still flies to South Africa.
In reply to @marceelias
The blue check docs on my Covid list bear little to no good news.
I’m terrified that we have to resign ourselves to Christmas apart again. We can’t prove we are married; Canada takes so 🤬 long to register and send certificate. I doubt CBP will accept our registered license.
More than likely the Omicron variant is already in the United States. In WA there was significant spike at the end of Oct and it's continuing in that direction.
now imagine a world where they tested BEFORE they got on a plane.
In reply to @DrEricDing
This is turning out to be (O”Macron) & not merely OMicron.
Like I said yesterday… too late for a flight ban! Share vaccine technology NOW, dummies.
In reply to @jaraparilla
Whooops too late we did it again... and again... We as a species are doomed if we cannot learn to co-operate on this small, fragile planet. We have a common enemy: our so-called "leaders". twitter.com/DrEricDing/sta…
This thread 👇
- possibly highlighting greatly increased infectivity of Omicron variant.
While the Dutch tested all passengers arriving from South Africa, the UK Govt just allowed all new arrivals to walk straight out of the airport and on to public transport. The new variant is obviously now circulating here 🤦‍♂️
Hej noći, stani, zora nek' svane...
Pretty hard to contain a pandemic when we continue going about business as usual, like hoarding vaccines behind “intellectual property rights” & not having strict masking policies everywhere.
Des dizaines de 600 voyageurs d'Afrique du Sud ont probablement été infectés à bord de 2 avions qui ont atterri aux Pays-Bas;les services de santé néerlandais estiment jusqu'à env. 85 cas.Jusqu'à présent,15 positifs sur 110 testés.500 tests en attente si infectés #Omicron
In reply to @DrEricDing
Hope they are quarantined
esto pinta para ser un caos... 👇
Many without their f***ing masks as Johnson demonstrates… 😞🤦‍♀️
In reply to @sotacita
@sotacita @LelePeche 21stC reality of disease vectors. Instant transmission.
Kyllä se meillekin tulee....vaikka ollaan kuinka pohjolan perukoilla.
Hollanti on ihan kulmilla.
Frightening thread about the high transmission/infectivity of Omnicron variant (500% of Delta) and how quickly it has already spread from Southern Africa… HK, Israel, Egypt, Netherlands…@GregHuntMP @ScottMorrisonMP only stopping travel from Southern African countries atm
Damn, it's going to be a crazy few weeks ahead till we get full info about omicron... pic.twitter.com/ci4jfBtwcg
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