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New restrictions and vaccine boosters considered as Covid-19 cases surge in Netherlands

Dutch health authorities are considering new restrictions and vaccine boosters as the country deals with a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The new measures are expected to be announced by Prime Minister Mark Rutte this evening which will be imposed to slow the spread of the virus.

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Some of these measures include the reintroduction of face masks in some settings, asking those who can work from home to do so more often, as well as broader use of the country’s vaccine pass which is currently used for access to bars and restaurants.

Although 84% of the Dutch population is fully vaccinated, new infections have been on the increase since social distancing rules were abolished on the 25th of September.

New infections are up 45% from last week and are potentially reaching peaks that were previously seen in July 2021 as well as December and October last year.

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Many hospitals are curtailing normal care to accommodate Covid-19 patients, 75% of which are estimated to be unvaccinated.

A spokesperson from the country’s Health Council said the key advisory body will announce a decision on whether booster shots should be recommended for all adults.

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