Covid: return of sanitary restrictions in the Netherlands

Posted on Nov 12, 2021 8:29 PMUpdated on November 12, 2021 at 9:15 pm

As a new wave of Covid-19 hits part of Europe, the Netherlands is among the worst affected countries. As a result, significant restrictions will be reinstated starting Saturday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Friday.

Bars and restaurants, as well as supermarkets, will close at 8 p.m., for at least three weeks, while non-essential stores will need to close at 6 p.m. Large sporting events will no longer receive spectators and employees will be encouraged to work from a distance, the head of government said in a televised speech.

“The virus is everywhere”

“Tonight, we are carrying a very unpleasant message with heavy and very unpleasant measures,” he said. “The virus is everywhere and it must be fought everywhere. The Dutch government is also considering limiting access to public places for unvaccinated people after the end of the shutdown period, he added.

This decision comes as the number of new Covid-19 cases rose to more than 16,000 this Friday, for the second day in a row. A situation that deserves that the country be classified as “very worrying” by the European agency in charge of diseases (ECDC). This wave of infections weighs on the hospital system.

In total, around 85% of the Dutch benefit from a full vaccination schedule. The recall campaign currently affects a small number of people with immune deficiencies. It will be extended from December to people over 80 years of age.

Clashes between police and protesters of anti-sanitary measures

Dutch police used a water cannon to disperse protesters in The Hague. The latter threw stones and set off fireworks to protest against the new partial containment announced by the government.

With Reuters

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