THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands have risen by almost 19% in the past week as more people have been screened for a week of frostbite, the country’s public health institute said on Tuesday.
The percentage of positive tests, which the institute calls the “third wave” of infections, has slightly decreased from 11.5% to 9.8%.
A statement from the Institute of Health stated that the combination of blocking measures, including curfews, and the restriction of one visitor to people’s homes from January 23, is estimated to reduce infections by 10%.
“Since the majority of the population is not yet vaccinated, it is very possible to prevent infections as much as possible, to keep this third wave as low as possible,” the institute said. “It is possible only if the relaxation (blocking) is done with great care – step by step.”
The announcement was made on the eve of a press conference, during which Prime Minister Mark Rutte would announce the extension of the co-virus curfew in the country, keeping unnecessary shops, bars, restaurants and cinemas closed.
Rutte is expected to introduce some relaxations or restrictions, such as returning high school students to class a few hours a week and reopening some businesses, such as hair salons.
The catering organization of the catering industry has announced that it intends to file a lawsuit against the government to force the reopening of bars and restaurants to receive compensation for lost income, which they already receive from state aid.
More than 15,300 people have died of COVID-19 in the Netherlands.
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