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COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands Soared to 13,471 in the Past Week

Αssociated Press

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, face masks are offered to people in Amsterdam. The Netherlands’ two most populous cities have begun ordering people to wear face masks in busy streets. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch public health institute says the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has soared to 13,471 in the past week.

That’s up from 8,265 the previous week. The weekly numbers reported Tuesday marked the third straight week of significant increases in Dutch infections.

The Netherlands, like many other Europe countries, is beginning to reintroduce measures to rein in sharply rising infection rates.

On Friday, the Dutch government announced bars and cafes will be ordered to close earlier than usual in six regions with the highest rates of infections.

Confirmed coronavirus deaths more than doubled for the week from 14 to 33, bringing the confirmed Dutch death toll to 6,291.