Netherlands to impose new coronavirus restrictions as infections rise

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People walk past restaurants and bars in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 14, 2020. REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw

AMSTERDAM, Nov. 1 (Reuters) – The Netherlands will impose new coronavirus restrictions this week in an attempt to curb a recent surge in infections, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Monday.

“We cannot escape further measures,” De Jonge said. “The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals is increasing rapidly. “

De Jonge did not give details on the new measures, which he said would be decided on Tuesday. Broadcaster NOS said the government was likely to require face masks in many public places and expand the use of a “corona pass” showing proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent one. negative coronavirus test.

Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands have been on the rise for a month and hit their highest level since July last week. Cases on Monday were 45% higher than a week ago at 7,700. More than 1,200 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, the most in five months.

Many hospitals are cutting back on regular care to make way for urgent cases of COVID-19.

Most of the coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands were dropped on September 25, as the “corona pass” was introduced as a requirement for visitors to bars, restaurants, clubs or cultural events. Read more

Most of the hospitalized coronavirus patients have not been vaccinated, Dutch health authorities said last week. According to government data, around 84% of the Dutch adult population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Reporting by Bart Meijer Editing by Peter Graff

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