Dutch PM apologises for easing of COVID-19 curbs as cases soar

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AMSTERDAM: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte conceded connected Monday (Jul 12) that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted excessively soon successful the Netherlands and helium apologised arsenic infections surged to their highest levels of the year.

Rutte past Friday reimposed curbs connected bars, restaurants and nightclubs successful an effort to halt a spate of infections among young adults, conscionable 2 weeks aft astir lockdown measures successful the state were lifted arsenic cases were falling.

"What we thought would beryllium possible, turned retired not to beryllium imaginable successful practice," Rutte told reporters connected Monday. "We had mediocre judgement, which we regret and for which we apologise."

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His apology marked a crisp crook from his stance connected Friday, erstwhile helium repeatedly defended the earlier easing of restrictions arsenic a "logical step" and refused to instrumentality immoderate blasted for imaginable mismanagement by his government.

This drew crisp disapproval from wellness authorities, who said the authorities had thrown caution to the upwind arsenic it encouraged young radical to spell retired again.

Coronavirus infections successful the Netherlands person jumped to their highest levels of 2021 successful caller days since the determination to afloat reopen bars, restaurants and nightclubs 2 weeks ago.

A strategy of wellness checks and mandatory COVID-19 tests for introduction was enactment successful place, but cracked nether the ample fig of radical looking for a nighttime retired aft months of lockdown.

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So far, the caller spike successful infections has not led to a notable summation of COVID-19 patients successful hospitals, fixed that astir caller cases are among young radical little apt to autumn earnestly ill, and most, much vulnerable older radical person been vaccinated.

But Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said connected Friday the existent debased level of infirmary admissions could beryllium threatened by an "unprecedented" summation successful infections.

Alongside his apology, Rutte besides acknowledged that his show astatine Friday's quality league had not been his best.

"We were asked to bespeak connected our ain decisions," helium said. "It was not close that we did not bash so."

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