Positive coronavirus tests near 7,000 as government plans new measures
The number of positive coronavirus tests in the Netherlands almost hit 7,000 in the 24 hours to Friday morning.
In total, 6,986 new cases have been reported overnight, seven fold last Friday’s figure.
The news comes ahead of a government press conference to announce new efforts to tame the spread of the virus, just two weeks after most measures were scrapped.
The new measures are needed because several million people have still not been fully vaccinated and the infection rate has now soared back to early May levels, officials say.
Sources told broadcaster NOS that cafes and bars and clubs may have to close at midnight again and that the ‘test for entry’ system, which had allowed nightclubs to reopen and ignore social distancing, will be put on hold for all but seated events.
Multi-day events at which 1.5 metre social distancing will not be possible will be cancelled and officials are also considering a 1,000 limit on outdoor events and a 500 person limit indoors.
This, according to RTL, would mean festivals such as Lowlands, Down The Rabbit Hole, Mysteryland, Into the Great Wide Open and Paaspop will all be cancelled for the second year running.
Event organisers have already said that it true, the news will be disastrous for the sector. The measures are expected to come into force from midnight.
There is mounting concern that the rise in infections in the Netherlands will again jeopardise foreign travel plans and that people from the Netherlands will be forced to quarantine abroad, even if they have been vaccinated. The holidays start in the north of the country on Friday.
DutchNews.nl will carry a live Twitter feed from the press conference, as usual.
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