Only two weeks ago, the Netherlands decided to relax the corona measures. Due to the massive increase in incidences, the nightlife is coming to an end again.
The Hague – The incidence in the Netherlands has recently increased massively. The Dutch government attributes this to the nightlife, among other things. For this reason, politics is now putting a stop to clubs, discos and party events. The regulation applies from Saturday, July 10th to at least August 13th, 2021. For all other cultural events, the organizers must assign participants a seat and ensure a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. Restaurants and pubs now close at midnight until at least six in the morning.
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Incidence skyrocketed, but club access was only allowed with testing or vaccination
The nightlife had only started again two weeks ago under security precautions. The party goers had to prove either a negative test or a full vaccination in nightclubs or at parties. Despite this precaution, the two weeks of open clubs and discos are now reflected in the incidences. Evidence may have been falsified, reports the daily News.
The country reported 7,000 new cases on July 9 alone, the highest number like that since mid-May German press agency reported. Just a week earlier, the number was 800 cases per 24 hours. Around half of the population in the Netherlands is currently vaccinated, so herd immunity is not yet given. Around 80 percent have already received a primary vaccination.
Delta version Reason for the rapid increase
The Dutch government says it has “no other choice” and gives a specific reason for the high numbers: “At the moment, the infection rates are skyrocketing, mainly because of the highly contagious Delta variant,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said German press agency according to a press conference on Friday evening.
This version of the virus, which originally came from India, is considered to be particularly contagious and is said to be able to infect people who have already been vaccinated. The course of the disease is currently considered to be more dangerous. With the stricter regulation, the state also wants to avoid the Netherlands being classified as a risk area. This would lead to a decline in tourism.