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World Dutch register 1,972 new coronavirus cases, new 24-hour record - health authorities

05:36  20 september  2020
05:36  20 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

'Very serious situation' unfolding in Europe, WHO warns, as cases rise dramatically

  'Very serious situation' unfolding in Europe, WHO warns, as cases rise dramatically "Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March," the WHO's regional director for Europe said Thursday."We have a very serious situation unfolding before us," WHO's regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said Thursday in a press briefing on the epidemiological situation in the region. "Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - There were 1,972 new coronavirus cases registered by Dutch health authorities in the past 24 hours, according to data published by health authorities on Friday, marking the fourth consecutive day of all-time highs in the country.

a group of people walking down the street: King's Day celebrations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Amsterdam © Reuters/Eva Plevier King's Day celebrations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Amsterdam

Case data is submitted by local health authorities across the Netherlands and published daily by the National Institute for Health (RIVM).

Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government is expected to announce regional measures such as bans on large gatherings and early closures for bars and restaurants later on Friday in response to the rise in cases.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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