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A child is seen while receiving a coronavirus vaccine in Utrecht, Netherlands. Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/BSR Agency/Getty Images

The Netherlands will reinstate work-from-home guidelines just weeks after lifting them as COVID-19 infections surge, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The move comes amid a soaring COVID-19 case rate and follows restrictions reimposed last week on bars, restaurants and clubs, a further reversal of the Dutch government's recent reopening of the country to some pre-pandemic activity.

  • The government has further canceled all multi-day festivals and events with large crowds until August 14.
  • The recent infections are largely driven by the Delta variant, with the government saying that most of the contractions "have occurred in nightlife settings and parties with high numbers of people."

By the numbers: As of Wednesday, the Netherlands had recorded more than 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,054 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, per data from Johns Hopkins University.

What they're saying: "What we thought would be possible, turned out not to be possible in practice," Rutte said on easing restrictions Monday, per Reuters.

  • "We had poor judgment, which we regret and for which we apologize," he added.

Go deeper: Netherlands reimposes COVID restrictions as Delta variant cases surge

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Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest later Saturday, per AP.