Netherlands hits new daily COVID-19 infection record as lockdown imposed

FILE PHOTO: A member of the medical personnel wearing a full protective suit works in the intensive care unit at Maastricht UMC+ Hospital

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 11,000 in 24 hours, hitting a new record, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) on Wednesday showed.

The steep increase came just a day after a tough, 5-week lockdown was imposed in the Netherlands, where more than 10,000 people have died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Writing by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Alison Williams)