December 4, 2021

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Netherlands Eyes New Covid Curbs Despite Riots

The Netherlands could announce tougher Covid-19 restrictions this week,

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The Netherlands could announce tougher Covid-19 restrictions this week, just days after four nights of riots against the existing partial lockdown, the country’s health minister said on Wednesday. Bulletin News

A “gloomy and worrisome” rise in cases meant a cabinet meeting over coronavirus measures scheduled for December 3 had been brought forward by a week, said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.

Ministers will consider advice from the Dutch outbreak management team before Prime Minister Mark Rutte announces the decisions in a press conference, de Jonge added.

He said he would not “anticipate” what new curbs were under consideration, but Dutch media have reported they could include school closures as infections soar, particularly among children.

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New measures risk inflaming an already tense situation in the Netherlands after police fired bullets and wounded five people during violent riots in Rotterdam last Friday.

The trouble spread to The Hague on Saturday, with protesters hurling fireworks and stones at police and burning bikes, and to other cities including Groningen in the north on Sunday and Monday.

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A general view of the anti-lockdown protestors stands during an illegal demonstration at Museumplein amid the coronavirus pandemic on January 17, 2021 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. (Photo by Paulo Amorim/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

In total 173 people were arrested and at least 12 people injured nationwide.

Rutte’s last two coronavirus press conferences have also seen demonstrators clash with police in The Hague outside government ministries.

Coronavirus curbs brought in on December 13 include bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets closing at 8pm, sports matches being played behind closed doors, and limits on visitors to people’s homes.

The government warned earlier this week of “lockdown-like” measures if people did not start sticking to the rules, with new infections currently running at more than 23,000 a day.

It is also planning to introduce so-called “2G measures” that would bar unvaccinated people from bars and cafes.

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Since December, as of November 5, 2021, there have been nearly 30,000 deaths and about 3 million injuries following injections, according to EudraVigilance of the European Medicines Agency.

Earlier this year Denmark and Norway prohibited the use of AstraZeneca, citing concerns about blood clots.

Later, Denmark prohibited Johnson & Johnson’s version, citing similar concerns.

In a number of countries with high rates of vaccine participation, the number of new virus cases has been increasing.

As of August 9, 2021, Iceland had recorded 8,793 virus cases.

As of November 3, 2021, Iceland had recorded 13,829 virus cases, according to Statista.

According to Our World in Data, Iceland has a vaccine participation rate of about 82%.

As of November 17, 2021, 6,509 virus cases had been recorded by Gibraltar

As of November 19, 2021, 6,721 virus cases had been recorded by Gibraltar.

According to Our World in Data, Gibraltar’s vaccine participation rate is about 121%, including partly vaccinated.

In countries with the highest rates of vaccine participation, the number of new virus cases has been increasing, causing doubt that the experimental mRNA vaccine is effective.

During the past several months, in cities like Paris, thousands of people have protested against vaccine mandates and a system that would discriminate on the basis of vaccine status.

Weeks ago thousands of people demonstrated in Milan, Italy against vaccine passports.

More recently, last week, in Leipzig, Germany thousands of people participated in a demonstration against vaccine mandates.

The National Health Service has been using the PCR test in a way that many false positives have been produced, according to a number of immunologists.

They say that when test samples are amplified more than 30 times, it is likely that false positives will result.

Reportedly the NHS has been amplifying test samples by a factor of 40.

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