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Dutch government reimposes Covid-19 restrictions amid surge in cases

The Dutch government has reimposed certain Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge across the Netherlands.

The wearing of face masks will once again be required in public places such as shops and libraries with the use of the Covid-19 vaccine pass being extended.

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Yesterday, the country’s public health institute reported that confirmed infections rose 39% week-on-week with hospital admissions up 31%.

Cases began rising back in late September when the government began lifting the majority of the nation’s lockdown restrictions.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the reinstatement of Covid-19 restrictions during a nationally televised press conference where he stated, “It won’t surprise anybody that we again have a tough message this evening,”.

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“Tough because we unfortunately have to ask more of people now that the infection numbers and hospital numbers are rising quickly.”

He urged people to work from home, socially distance and avoid travelling to busy areas.

New restrictions will see students having to wear face coverings when they walk between classes.

Mask and vaccine pass requirements will be extended to more public locations such as museums and theme parks.

With nearly 80% of adults in the Netherlands being fully vaccinated, booster shots will be administered to everyone aged 60 years old and over.

IMAGE right) – “Delaware National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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