Coronavirus – Netherlands: Night lockdown to stem case rise

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Its prime minister Ολλανδίας Mark Rutte announced on Friday afternoon that bars, restaurants and most shops in the country should be closed from 5 pm local time until 5 am, as part of a series of new measures to prevent the possibility of record increase in coronavirus cases lead to hospital overcrowding.

“From Sunday, everything in the Netherlands will normally close between 17.00 (local time) and 05.00”, except for the necessary shops, said the head of the Dutch government, according to the APE MPE, announcing the “night lockdown».

The measures, which include, inter alia, use of mask in secondary education, will take effect on November 28, Rutte announced during a televised press conference in The Hague, where a few dozen protesters gathered – once again.

The Dutch Government has also recommended it to all employees teleworking and if this is not possible they follow the rules social distancing.

“The numbers of infections are high every day, higher, higher,” said Mark Rutte. “This means that we can not achieve our goal with just a few adjustments,” he added.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the Dutch authorities recorded 21.350 new infections tonight, slightly below average 22.258 cases recorded in the last 7 days.

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