Dutch see record daily number of new COVID-19 infections

The Hague, Netherlands (NWN) – The Dutch Institute of Public Health on Thursday announced the highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, as the government reportedly tightened the brakes on spiking infections. Considered a limited lockdown.

The institute said it recorded 16,364 new positive tests in the 24 hours till 10 am, which is 3,688 more than the previous day.

The growing number of cases in this country of 17.5 million comes despite more than 84% of the Dutch adult population being fully vaccinated.

Earlier on Thursday, neighboring Germany also reported a record daily number of positive cases. Germany’s national center for disease control, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 50,196 new cases, up from 33,949 daily cases a week earlier.

Hospitals in the southern province of Limburg, the hardest-hit Dutch region, sounded the alarm earlier this week in a letter to the health ministry, which said: “We are heading straight for healthcare disruptions and the whole system is headed for a standstill.” has been ,

“We are confident that this will be followed soon in other parts of the Netherlands,” he added.

The caretaker Dutch government resumed the use of face masks in shops and other public places over the weekend and Prime Minister Mark Rutte is due to give a nationally televised press conference on Friday evening to discuss possible new measures.

Dutch media reported on Thursday that a panel of experts has advised the government to reintroduce some lockdown measures for two weeks in an effort to slow the rate of infection. The panel’s advice was not immediately made public.

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