Netherlands: new coronavirus restrictions planned as Delta variant cases spiral out of control
Covid-19 restrictions that were eased on 26th June are set to be reintroduced in the Netherlands as new Covid cases spiral out of control again. There are nearly 5,500 new coronavirus infections, including 730 in Amsterdam in the last 24 hours. The capital averaged 298 new infections on each of the past seven days, an increase of 580 percent in a week.
Some 5,475 more people tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the RIVM said on Thursday. That was the highest single-day total reported since May 14, and it pushed the seven-day average up 40 percent to 2,330.
With most coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands relaxed only on June 26, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge has asked the Outbreak Management Team to guide policy about the reintroduction of measures. An announcement on this is expected on Friday.