THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Acting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended his decision to reverse the decision next week, even after the Netherlands registered 9,648 new coronavirus infections. Highest daily growth since January.
The National Care Authority also said that the large number of COVID-19 patients in the country means that more than a third of Dutch hospitals no longer have access to scheduled critical care, with almost all hospitals delaying less urgent medical procedures.
“The number of COVIDs in MIA is high and tends to increase,” said the National Center for Patient Distribution Coordination. During the last day, the number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit increased by 17 to 839.
Still, the nation is preparing to ease its blockade next week.
Route announced Tuesday that it will take effect January 10 at 10 p.m. 30 to 4: The curfew will end on April 28, when bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen outdoor terraces in harsh conditions, from noon to 6 p.m.
Shoppers will no longer have to make appointments to visit unnecessary stores, although the number of customers in each store will still be very limited.
During a parliamentary debate on Thursday, Ruthen said his government was ready to take an “acceptable risk” by easing restrictions, as the modeling suggests a reduction in infections and hospital admissions in early May.
“This has to do with a broader social assessment, we think it is a responsible risk,” he said.
The bars այլ other places of hospitality have been closed since mid-October և have been pushing for reopening for weeks.
During the parliamentary debate, the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Lilian Plumen, called on the government to stop easing the rules.
In the Netherlands, the average 7-day average of new cases per day has increased over the past two weeks, from 40.8 new cases per 100,000 people on April 7 to 47.9 new cases per 100,000 people on April 21. More than 17,000 confirmed deaths from the virus have been reported in the Netherlands. epidemic.
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