Netherlands orders partial lockdown as COVID-19 rises in Europe


Against the backdrop of a fresh COVID-19 surge in Europe that has spread from east to west, putting cases at near-record levels, the Netherlands today became the first country to reimpose lockdown measures.

In US developments, Colorado—one of the states in the grips of a COVID-19 surge—opened up boosters to all adults, following in the footsteps of a recent measure in California.

Record cases, pressure on hospitals

Dutch government officials ordered a 3-week partial lockdown that begins tomorrow, requiring restaurants, supermarkets, and nonessential businesses to close earlier, according to Reuters. In a televised address, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said spectators will be barred from sports events, and social distancing measures will also be imposed, limiting household gatherings to no more than four visitors.

Also today, health officials said they would speed the launch of a booster shot campaign targeting seniors and health workers, according to ABC News. Yesterday, the Netherlands reported its highest daily case total of the pandemic, despite the fact that 84.4% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.



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