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Dutch to reopen schools despite high infection rates

THE HAGUE, Jan 3 — The Netherlands, beneath a strict Covid-19 lockdown for the previous two weeks, will reopen major and secondary schools on Jan. 10 despite coronavirus infections remaining high, the federal government introduced right now.

The authorities confused that hospital admissions have been down significantly for the reason that nation went right into a lockdown in December, which included schools closing every week sooner than deliberate for winter holidays.

“This is sweet information for college students and it’s essential for his or her improvement and their psychological well-being that they will go to college,” Education Minister Arie Slob mentioned at a press convention.

Vocational schools and universities is not going to reopen, however as a substitute have on-line courses till no less than January 17.

Last week the Dutch well being authorities mentioned Omicron has turn into the dominant variant within the nation. Infections have dropped considerably from document ranges seen in November however stay high with greater than 14,000 new circumstances recorded previously 24 hours.

“Unfortunately, despite our strict measures we’re seeing an increase in infections and which means we’re involved about what is going to occur within the weeks forward,” Health Minister Hugo de Jonge mentioned. On December 19 the Netherlands closed all however important retailers in addition to eating places, hairdressers, gyms, museums and different public locations. A ban stays in place on gatherings exterior of greater than two individuals. The measures shall be reassessed on January 14.

More than 85 per cent of Dutch adults are vaccinated, however the nation’s booster marketing campaign was sluggish to ramp up. As of Wednesday simply over 24 per cent of adults have had a booster, although De Jonge mentioned the proportion could double by the top of this week. — eNM

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