THE HAGUE, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The daily number of COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands reached a new high of 9,283, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on Thursday.
The new daily record from Wednesday to Thursday was 526 higher than the number of infections from the previous 24-hour period. The RIVM also reported 46 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, compared with 59 a day earlier.
Last Tuesday, the Dutch government announced a "partial lockdown" to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. Cafes and restaurants remain closed for one month starting from last Wednesday.
As the world is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, countries including Germany, France, Italy, China, Russia, Britain and the United States are racing to find a vaccine.
According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Oct. 19, there were 198 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 44 of them were in clinical trials. Enditem