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Netherlands reimplements mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge

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The Dutch government has reimplemented past COVID-19 restrictions, including a mask mandate, as cases surge in the country, Reuters reported.

Mask wearing has been reintroduced in stores and public places, and the government is advising citizens to work from home for at least half the time. 

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Tuesday that the “corona pass” will be expanded on Nov. 6 to apply to public places including museums, gyms and outdoor venues. 

The “corona pass” is used by Dutch residents to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test, according to Reuters. 

Rutte also said that the government is deciding to expand the use of the corona pass for workplaces. 

Coronavirus cases have risen in the past month after the government relaxed most social distancing measures in September, reaching their highest total since July, Reuters reported. 

The new rise in virus cases has caused hospitals to cut back on regular care to make room to treat COVID-19 patients. 

The country’s National Institute for Health said on Tuesday that hospital admissions are up 31 percent in the past week, with the unvaccinated accounting for the most hospitalizations, Reuters reported. 

Dutch health officials reported Tuesday that 84 percent of the population is vaccinated against the virus. 

 

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