In the Netherlands, State Secretary of Finance Frans Weekers resigns after opposition parties give fierce criticism about his performance.
Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte announces a three-week partial lockdown that requires bars, restaurants, and shops to close at certain times and reintroduces 1.5 m social distancing measures beginning tomorrow. The Netherlands is the first country in Western Europe to impose a lockdown since the summer.
The government orders a ban on passenger flights from the United Kingdom from 6:00 am today until at least January 1 due to the spread of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK, with a case of the variant already having being reported in the Netherlands.
Three people on a rescue mission are killed when Storm Miguel, with max winds of 129 km-h (80 mph), overturned their National Society of Sea Rescue boat off the west coast of France in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm, unusual at the start of the summer tourist season, hit Spain, the Netherlands and southern England and Wales yesterday and is heading north toward England, Wales and Scotland.
The "Waddenvereniging" in the Netherlands expects the human-friendly starry smooth-hound shark to return to the Wadden Sea in a few years, after specimina were marked in the Oosterschelde and in another Zeeland part of the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta.