The Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November. The WHO has listed it as a ‘variant of concern’ and said it could take several weeks to know if there are significant changes in transmissibility, severity, or implications for Covid vaccines, tests, and treatments. Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada are countries where the new COVID-19 variant has also been detected.
The Dutch public health institute said in a statement that testing was continuing on the samples of 61 people who tested positive for COVID after arriving from South Africa.
The recent floods claimed many lives in Germany and Belgium but left the Netherlands relatively unscathed. DW's Bernd Riegert reports on what the country has done to reduce flood risks.
Mark Rutte said he regretted his government's "poor judgement" after daily coronavirus infection rates rose from a few hundred to over 9,000 in just two weeks.
Belgium beat Finland and the Netherlands crushed North Macedonia to win all three of their group stage matches. FRANCE 24 Euro's 2021 show also looks at the other results from groups B and C, including an emotional Denmark who qualified for the last 16 with a convincing 4-1 win over Russia. Simon Harding and James Vasina bring you all the analysis.
Belgium qualified for the knockout stages of Euro 2021 after pulling off a 2-1 comeback in a game full of drama and emotion against Denmark, who returned to Parken Stadium where midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on Saturday. The Netherlands joined them in the last 16 with a game to spare after they eased past Austria 2-0. Get all the analysis with FRANCE 24's Selina Sykes and James Vasina.
Netherlands national football coach Frank de Boer at a press conference after Dutch 2-0 win over Austria.
Eurovision performers who qualified for the grand final after Thursday's second semi-final shared their excitement during a press conference in Rotterdam. US Rapper Flo Rida who supported San Marino's Senhit said on this occasion, "I love the energy. And also be up there was just amazing, man, the whole set-up is like over the top."
A few months after the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, the Netherlands is emerging as an early economic winner, as trading of stocks and goods move across the Channel to the continent.
The Dutch government plans to ease restrictions, and allow cafes to reopen from 12 to 6 p.m. with up to 50 people. The country is ramping up its vaccination rollout, as cases continue to rise. Follow DW for the latest.
After three consecutive nights of violent riots over COVID lockdown restrictions, the situation remains tense in the Netherlands. Police have beefed up their presence to prevent another night of unrest.
3 Oct 2020
People in the area where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet are worried about the rise of coronavirus cases. Vastly different and ever-changing regulations make straddling three countries almost impossible.