Covid: Dutch partial lockdown to tackle surge in infections

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Image source, EPAImage caption, Protesters took to the streets of The Hague after the lockdown was announced

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced Western Europe's first partial Covid lockdown of the winter, with three weeks of restrictions for shops, sport and catering.

He said that the annoying, drastic move was in response to record infections and rising intensive care cases.

Police have fired water cannon against hundreds of protesters in The Hague.

Much of Europe is facing a surge in cases, blamed partly on low vaccine take-up in several countries.

Austria is expected to back a lockdown for unvaccinated people this weekend.

Restrictions would be imposed first in the two provinces of Upper Austria and Salzburg from Monday, according to Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein.

Denmark, which had downgraded coronavirus as no longer a "socially critical" disease, has re-instated a Covid pass that was phased out in September. The government wants to push through a law allowing workplaces to require the pass for staff.

  • Covid passes set to stay as Europe heads for winter

The Dutch prime minister said that fortunately the vast majority of people in the Netherlands had been vaccinated. But he said the three-week partial lockdown would start on Saturday evening:

  • Non-essential shops will have to shut at 18:00 (17:00 GMT) and supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and hotels at 20:00
  • Professional and amateur sport will continue, but behind closed doors
  • That includes the Netherlands' football World Cup qualifier against Norway on 16 November
  • The 18:00 closure applies to casinos and saunas as well as hairdressers and sex workers
  • A maximum of four guests aged over 13 will be allowed at people's homes
  • As many people should work from home as possible

Cinemas and theatres will stay open. Social distancing of 1.5m (5ft) is being reintroduced where Covid passes are not in operation. The caretaker cabinet is also working on a change in the law to allow businesses to choose whether they want to limit entry to people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered.

The catering industry has reacted angrily to the news; a spokesman told public broadcaster NOS the government had "crossed a line". Last weekend, thousands of protesters marched through The Hague in anger at existing Covid restrictions.

Latest daily figures on Friday showed 16,287 new Covid cases, just short of Thursday's record but up a third on the previous week. Dutch vaccination rates are relatively high, with 82.4% of over-12s having two doses, that's 73% of the total population.

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Police said they had taken action to "restore public order"

Protesters took to the streets in The Hague after Mr Rutte's announcement. Police fired water cannon after some of the crowd started throwing stones and fireworks at them.

The Hague police said on Twitter they had taken action to "restore public order".

In Austria, vaccine take-up is at 65% and Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says he will talk to provincial governors on Sunday before the green light is given for a national lockdown for the unvaccinated.

"The situation in Austria is worrying and infection numbers are rising rapidly, especially in Upper Austria and Salzburg," the health minister warned. The two provinces have a combined population of more than two million.

Upper Austria governor Thomas Stelzer says people who have not been vaccinated will be able to leave home only for essential reasons such as going to work, buying food or to exercise. It is unclear how that would be enforced.

Germany, which has also seen record Covid numbers this week, declared Austria a high-risk area on Friday, so that anyone visiting who has not been vaccinated or recovered from Covid will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Eastern European countries have for weeks been fighting record infection rates, as they grapple with the lowest vaccine rates on the continent:

  • Russia announced another 40,123 cases and 1,235 deaths in the past 24 hours on Friday
  • Ukraine recorded 24,058 more infections and 750 deaths
  • Romania recorded another 307 deaths, involving 286 unvaccinated people, but case numbers are down
  • Slovenia has a record 215 Covid patients in intensive care, a relatively high figure for a population of more than two million
  • Czech daily Covid infections have topped 10,000 for the third time this week; the government is set to announce tighter restrictions


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*Deaths per 100,000 people

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The world
Africa
North America
Latin America & Caribbean
Asia
Europe
Middle East
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Country

Deaths

Death rate*

Total Cases

New Cases

0

10
100
1k
10k

**

US

750,853

228.8

46,275,771

Brazil

609,447

288.8

21,880,439

India

461,057

33.7

34,366,987

Mexico

289,734

227.1

3,826,786

Russia

242,241

167.8

8,651,561

Peru

200,446

616.6

2,207,470

Indonesia

143,545

53.0

4,248,165

UK

141,805

212.2

9,301,909

Italy

132,391

219.6

4,808,047

Colombia

127,533

253.3

5,015,042

Iran

127,299

153.5

5,987,814

France

117,893

175.8

7,217,484

Argentina

116,104

258.4

5,296,781

Germany

96,563

116.2

4,792,465

South Africa

89,332

152.6

2,923,956

Spain

87,504

185.9

5,025,639

Poland

77,757

204.8

3,104,220

Ukraine

77,130

173.8

3,232,035

Turkey

72,127

86.5

8,233,649

Romania

50,755

262.2

1,706,882

Philippines

44,430

41.1

2,803,213

Chile

37,862

199.8

1,709,189

Ecuador

32,989

189.9

519,386

Hungary

31,184

319.2

892,164

Czech Republic

31,053

291.0

1,819,158

Malaysia

29,291

91.7

2,506,309

Canada

29,203

77.7

1,738,543

Pakistan

28,547

13.2

1,277,160

Bangladesh

27,895

17.1

1,571,013

Belgium

26,131

227.5

1,414,463

Tunisia

25,276

216.1

713,308

Bulgaria

25,074

359.4

632,762

Iraq

23,344

59.4

2,062,863

Vietnam

22,531

23.4

968,684

Thailand

19,703

28.3

1,975,591

Egypt

19,076

19.0

337,485

Bolivia

18,964

164.7

517,902

Myanmar

18,821

34.8

506,816

Netherlands

18,561

107.1

2,201,010

Japan

18,306

14.5

1,723,682

Portugal

18,203

177.3

1,097,557

Kazakhstan

17,263

93.2

1,029,986

Greece

16,295

152.1

784,904

Paraguay

16,259

230.8

461,313

Guatemala

15,437

93.0

605,664

Sweden

15,057

146.4

1,177,094

Morocco

14,713

40.3

947,396

Sri Lanka

13,856

63.6

545,256

Slovakia

13,229

242.6

518,635

Bosnia and Herzegovina

11,717

355.0

257,401

Austria

11,502

129.6

883,887

Nepal

11,448

40.0

814,558

Switzerland

11,274

131.5

887,446

Jordan

11,128

110.2

875,804

Georgia

10,509

282.5

755,046

Serbia

10,405

149.8

1,183,025

Honduras

10,308

105.8

376,281

Croatia

9,500

233.6

501,327

Saudi Arabia

8,804

25.7

548,930

Lebanon

8,546

124.7

646,629

Cuba

8,262

72.9

955,981

Israel

8,122

89.7

1,333,989

Moldova

8,099

304.7

345,964

Panama

7,329

172.6

473,416

Afghanistan

7,284

19.1

156,397

Azerbaijan

7,269

72.5

547,281

North Macedonia

7,232

347.1

206,077

Costa Rica

7,134

141.3

562,316

Armenia

6,700

226.5

321,243

Ethiopia

6,542

5.8

367,210

Lithuania

6,135

220.1

428,541

Uruguay

6,086

175.8

395,268

Algeria

5,945

13.8

207,156

Ireland

5,492

111.1

469,386

Kenya

5,312

10.1

253,833

Libya

5,207

76.8

360,914

Venezuela

4,965

17.4

413,135

China

4,849

0.3

110,268

Slovenia

4,830

231.3

355,979

Belarus

4,745

50.1

613,927

Palestinian Territories

4,705

100.4

455,099

Zimbabwe

4,685

32.0

133,187

Dominican Republic

4,150

38.6

388,165

Oman

4,112

82.7

304,365

El Salvador

3,690

57.2

116,258

Zambia

3,664

20.5

209,902

Namibia

3,563

142.8

129,009

Latvia

3,499

182.9

231,824

Uganda

3,227

7.3

126,570

Sudan

3,099

7.2

40,433

South Korea

2,980

5.8

381,694

Kosovo

2,978

166.0

160,872

Albania

2,955

103.5

189,125

Nigeria

2,906

1.4

212,713

Cambodia

2,835

17.2

119,160

Denmark

2,738

47.1

402,561

Kyrgyzstan

2,689

41.6

181,882

Syria

2,593

15.2

44,191

Kuwait

2,462

58.5

412,844

Botswana

2,407

104.5

192,935

Malawi

2,302

12.4

61,815

Jamaica

2,275

77.2

89,681

Montenegro

2,148

345.3

148,579

United Arab Emirates

2,140

21.9

740,432

Mozambique

1,934

6.4

151,368

Yemen

1,909

6.5

9,870

Senegal

1,880

11.5

73,935

Australia

1,827

7.2

181,578

Mongolia

1,817

56.3

367,412

Trinidad and Tobago

1,772

127.0

59,304

Cameroon

1,731

6.7

104,348

Angola

1,720

5.4

64,674

Estonia

1,610

121.4

205,096

Bahrain

1,393

84.9

277,081

Uzbekistan

1,340

4.0

188,169

Rwanda

1,334

10.6

99,947

Somalia

1,294

8.4

22,693

Eswatini

1,244

108.4

46,457

Finland

1,188

21.5

162,476

Ghana

1,188

3.9

130,391

Suriname

1,117

192.1

49,602

DR Congo

1,098

1.3

57,605

Madagascar

964

3.6

43,632

Guyana

941

120.2

36,079

Norway

922

17.2

216,855

Luxembourg

849

137.0

82,842

Taiwan

847

3.6

16,442

Guadeloupe

820

205.0

54,474

Mauritania

801

17.7

37,703

Tanzania

725

1.2

26,196

Ivory Coast

699

2.7

61,421

Haiti

685

6.1

24,073

Martinique

683

181.9

43,347

Fiji

674

75.7

52,247

Lesotho

659

31.0

21,685

Bahamas

657

168.7

22,485

French Polynesia

636

227.7

45,573

Qatar

611

21.6

240,098

Cyprus

577

48.1

125,413

Mali

576

2.9

16,371

Belize

509

130.4

27,894

Singapore

497

8.7

218,333

Malta

462

91.9

37,904

Papua New Guinea

407

4.6

31,479

Guinea

385

3.0

30,681

Réunion

376

42.3

55,125

Cape Verde

349

63.5

38,256

Gambia

341

14.5

9,973

French Guiana

313

107.6

44,964

Congo

297

5.5

17,944

Liberia

287

5.8

5,815

New Caledonia

268

93.1

11,306

Saint Lucia

260

142.2

12,688

Gabon

254

11.7

36,174

Maldives

245

46.1

88,817

Togo

243

3.0

26,114

Burkina Faso

221

1.1

15,103

Niger

220

0.9

6,490

Nicaragua

209

3.2

16,699

Mauritius

199

15.7

18,314

Grenada

198

176.8

5,861

Djibouti

186

19.1

13,491

Mayotte

185

69.5

20,651

Barbados

180

62.7

20,069

Curaçao

175

111.1

17,156

Chad

175

1.1

5,107

Aruba

172

161.8

16,006

Equatorial Guinea

168

12.4

13,407

Benin

161

1.4

24,804

Comoros

147

17.3

4,315

Guinea-Bissau

143

7.4

6,150

South Sudan

133

1.2

12,453

Andorra

130

168.5

15,618

Tajikistan

125

1.3

17,486

Timor-Leste

122

9.4

19,799

Sierra Leone

121

1.5

6,398

Seychelles

119

121.9

22,381

Bermuda

106

165.8

5,677

Antigua and Barbuda

105

108.1

4,091

Channel Islands

103

59.8

13,684

Central African Republic

100

2.1

11,579

Gibraltar

98

290.8

6,153

Brunei

93

21.5

13,742

San Marino

92

271.7

5,588

Laos

82

1.1

47,056

Sint Maarten

75

184.1

4,510

St Vincent and the Grenadines

69

62.4

5,092

Liechtenstein

61

160.4

3,728

Isle of Man

60

70.9

9,970

Saint Martin

56

147.4

3,941

Sao Tome and Principe

56

26.0

3,729

Eritrea

46

1.3

6,948

Burundi

38

0.3

20,136

British Virgin Islands

37

123.2

2,725

Monaco

36

92.4

3,436

Iceland

34

9.4

14,255

New Zealand

32

0.7

7,648

Dominica

32

44.6

4,961

Saint Kitts and Nevis

25

47.3

2,717

Turks and Caicos Islands

23

60.2

3,017

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

20

77.0

2,501

Diamond Princess cruise ship

13

712

Wallis and Futuna Islands

7

61.2

454

Saint Barthelemy

6

60.9

1,660

Faroe Islands

5

10.3

2,615

Bhutan

3

0.4

2,623

Cayman Islands

2

3.1

2,676

MS Zaandam cruise ship

2

9

Anguilla

1

6.7

1,039

Montserrat

1

20.0

41

Vanuatu

1

0.3

6

Greenland

0

0.0

859

Falkland Islands

0

0.0

72

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

0

0.0

32

Vatican

0

0.0

27

Solomon Islands

0

0.0

20

Palau

0

0.0

8

Marshall Islands

0

0.0

4

Saint Helena

0

0.0

4

Samoa

0

0.0

3

Kiribati

0

0.0

2

Micronesia

0

0.0

1

Tonga

0

0.0

1

Cook Islands

0

0.0

1

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This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

** The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average. Due to revisions in the number of cases, an average cannot be calculated for this date.

Source: Johns Hopkins University and national public health agencies

Figures last updated: 8 November 2021, 09:22 GMT

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