The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands sets a weekly record; Hospitals confirmed

The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands sets a weekly record;  Hospitals confirmed

The Hague – Numbers of coronavirus infection in the Netherlands set a new weekly record on Tuesday, rising by 39% while admissions to hospitals and intensive care units also rose sharply, the country’s public health institute reported.

The latest report of an increase in COVID-19 cases came a day after the Dutch government introduced legislation to Parliament that would pave the way for restricting unvaccinated people’s access to places such as bars, restaurants and museums if infections continue to rise.

The legislation will limit the country’s COVID-19 pass system for people who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from a coronavirus infection. This means that people can no longer get success with negative tests.

The government said the policy “protects unvaccinated people from infection, disease and hospitalization in high-risk locations”. Lawmakers are expected to discuss the law next week.

Friday’s protest against the COVID-19 traffic system in Rotterdam turned violent with police officers opening fire on rioters.

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Children under 12 had the highest percentage of positive tests in the week through Tuesday. The European Union’s drug regulator is expected to issue a decision later this week at the request of Pfizer and BioNTech to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

A panel of experts, advising the Dutch government on the virus, urged people this week to improve basic measures such as social distancing and wearing masks, saying many people were not sticking to a partial lockdown that was in place more than a week ago.

According to new government figures, the number of hospital admissions rose by 19% over the past week, while the number of admissions to intensive care units rose by 26%. The Institute of Health said 265 people were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 last week, bringing the number of confirmed deaths from the pandemic in the Netherlands to more than 19,000.

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