The Netherlands plans to reinstate remote-work guidelines amid a surge in Covid-19 infections, Reuters reported, citing a speech from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
The advisory to work from home was issued just two weeks after lifting restrictions. The recommendation will not be enforced and applies only to those who can work remotely, the news service wrote.
Rutte’s decision comes after a six-fold rise in infections, which on July 14 rose above 10,000 new cases within 24 hours for the first time in six months.
Two days earlier, after reclosing bars and clubs to fight the rise in new coronavirus cases, Rutte apologized for lifting restrictions prematurely.
“What we thought was possible turned out to be wrong in practice. We made a miscalculation, we are disappointed about it and we apologize,” he told television news network Euronews.