About 45 Dutch people are in quarantine because of the coronavirus in Abu Dhabi, as confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday after reporting by the NOS . It is not clear how long quarantine lasts.
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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Dutch are spread over three hotels: the Crowne Plaza, the W Hotel and Yas Rotana.
The embassy is trying to make contact with the Dutch. Some of them have only succeeded.
Cycling team companions infected
The quarantine has to do with the four supervisors of an Italian cycling team who have contracted the corona virus. However, they were in one and the same hotel, which was the first to be placed in isolation.
Why two other hotels are now going into lockdown is not exactly clear. "But you are following the traces of who the Italians have been in contact with," said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry. It could well be that the Italians had (a lot of) contact with people in the other two hotels.
It is not yet clear how long quarantine will last. "It is up to the United Arab Emirates to determine that." Finally, it is not yet clear whether the Dutch should stay in their room or be able to roam freely in the hotel.
Due to the infection of the Italian cycling guides, all Jumbo-Visma riders and staff members were detained in their hotel in Abu Dhabi in recent days. On Sunday morning, the WorldTour formation announced that they were on their way home. Whether they still have to take specific measures in the Netherlands, the ministry could not say.
The COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) in short
- The virus spreads mainly through cough and sneeze drops that hang in the air for a short time. Anyone who shows no symptoms is hardly a risk of infection.
- Someone can infect two or three others on average (less than, for example, measles). However, this figure is falling due to all precautions.
- The vast majority have mild (flu-like) symptoms.
- Almost all deaths concern older or already sick people.