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Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/BSR Agency/Getty Images

The Dutch government on Friday announced that it will reimpose coronavirus restrictions amid a surge of new cases, largely driven by the Delta variant.

Driving the news: The government said that most "infections have occurred in nightlife settings and parties with high numbers of people," which can be a risk for the country's unvaccinated population.

  • They also said they were concerned about the "possibility of new virus mutations arising" and "the lingering symptoms of 'long COVID.'"

Details: The restrictions will remain in place from July 10 at 6 a.m. local time until August 13.

  • Discos and night clubs must close.
  • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to remain open as long as they have certain social distancing measures in place. They must, however, close from midnight to 6 a.m., and live entertainment will be prohibited.
  • The government recommends that people keep parties small and that people remain 1.5 meters (about five feet) apart, including those who are vaccinated.
  • The country's coronavirus entry pass program, which granted exceptions from the 1.5 meter distancing rule, will be suspended until restrictions are lifted.

By the numbers: The Netherlands has recorded more than 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,046 deaths since the pandemic began, per data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Pope Francis calls on companies to release COVID vaccine patents

Pope Francis. Photo: Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pope Francis called on pharmaceutical companies on Saturday to release patents to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to the poor, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: There is a stark divide between countries that have access to COVID-19 shots and those that don't, and the gap has widened as some wealthier countries have begun distributing third doses.

Inside Biden's Taiwan flubs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Twice this year, President Biden has blurted out commitments that the U.S. is prepared to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion — forcing the White House to walk back his statements and leading to confusion over a high-stakes national security policy.

Why it matters: U.S. defense officials have publicly aired their concerns that China will take Taiwan by force in the next four to six years, perhaps sooner. The president's position on this question may soon have real-world, life and death consequences.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

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