Dominican aviation remains vigilant about new Covid-19 variant

The president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), José Marte Piantini, informed that the agency he heads is watching the behavior of the new variant of Covid-19, Ómicron, after two cases were confirmed last Saturday, November 27, in Germany of passengers coming from South Africa.

“So far, we at the Civil Aviation Board are observing the behavior of this new variant,” he confirmed.

The official clarified that in order to dictate new flight restrictions, the authorities must follow a protocol for which they are observing the evolution of the new variant to determine if it would be necessary to extend the list of countries whose entry of passengers to Dominican soil is restricted, according to Diario Libre.

Marte stressed that resolution 278-2021 of the Civil Aviation Board, which suspends the entry of passengers, so far, only from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Angola, is maintained.

“We are observing and by virtue of that we will take measures if necessary,” he stressed.

German authorities are asking all people who have been in South Africa in the last 14 days to immediately reduce their contacts, undergo a PCR test, explain their travel history and immediately contact the local health department.

On the other hand, the Netherlands Institute of Public Health (RIVM) assured that it “presumes” that the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus is found in “several of the people” who underwent PCR testing yesterday after landing on two flights from South Africa and stressed that the definitive results will be known in the coming days.

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