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Netherlands enters a partial lockdown

The Netherlands has entered a partial lockdown after a sharp increase in coronavirus infections. Shops, bars and restaurants will close early for three weeks, while crowds won’t be allowed at sporting events.

The Netherlands is entering a partial lockdown after Covid-19 infections hit records last week, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

“We have a very difficult message tonight combined with drastic measures,” Rutte said at a press conference in The Hague. The country will enter a partial lockdown with bars and restaurants that need to shut down effective from Saturday 8 p.m., Rutte added. Non-essential shops must close at 6 p.m. and supermarkets may stay open until 8 p.m.

Europe reported almost 2 million cases last week, the most in a single week in the region since the pandemic started. It also accounted for more than half of all Covid deaths globally last week. German health officials warned that there’s no sign a fourth viral wave will ease soon. Austria is seeing its highest infection numbers since the pandemic began, while Ireland reported the most since January. (Source HT)

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