Netherlands Reports Record COVID-19 Case Loads, Considers New Lockdowns Despite 85 Percent Vaccine Compliance Rate

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The Netherlands is considering new lockdowns as the nation’s COVID-19 cases shatter previous record highs despite over 85 percent of their population being fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 case totals in the Netherlands have doubled in the past week to 16,300 over a 24-hour span on Thursday. In response, the government’s pandemic advisory team is recommending shutting down cinemas, ending mass events and forcing restaurants to close at earlier times.

Just a week ago, the Netherlands reinstituted a dehumanizing mask mandate and expanded their list of venues in which individuals need a vaccine passport in order to attend. The pandemic is clearly never meant to end and failures of public policy will just be used to double down on the policies that have not slowed or stopped the spread of the virus.

Big League Politics has reported on other countries, such as Singapore and Israel, that have seen massive COVID-19 outbreaks after vaccinating overwhelming majorities of their population: 

There has been a massive spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation of Singapore after the 85 percent vaccination threshold was surpassed in the Asian country.

Dr. Eli David of Deep Instinct Security noted that Singapore was flattening the curve due to its vaccination policies but not in the way that is intended:

The Singapore ministry of health confirmed on Sunday that there had been 2,809 new cases over the previous six day period. The number is down from previous weeks because Singapore is no longer able to perform adequate testing due to the explosion in cases.

“The fall in the number of cases today is likely due to fewer swabs being done over the weekend at public health preparedness clinics and polyclinics, and is not indicative that the epidemic curve is bending,” the MOH stated.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung noted that the country is already preparing for 5,000 new cases per week. They anticipate that they will have to deal with 10,000 new cases per week before long. As of right now, 307 cases require supplementation of oxygen with 14 individuals currently in the ICU.