The Netherlands Faces Lockdown until January 19

The Netherlands announces strict lockdown, with the closure of all nonessential places for at least five weeks in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Netherlands announces strict lockdown, with the closure of all nonessential places for at least five weeks in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

From Tuesday, all nonessential places such as gyms, museums, daycare centers, cinemas, museums, beauty salons and the like will close until Jan. 19.

Meanwhile, schools will close until Jan. 18.

The measures also included limiting gatherings to no more than two people.

However, an exception will be made for three days around Christmas, when three adult visitors are allowed to meet.

The Netherlands has recorded more than 600,000 COVID-19 cases and 10,000 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the strict lockdown preventive measures, shopping districts across the Netherlands have been crowded for weeks, resulting in an increase in infections after the Dec. 5 gift-giving celebrations, which marked the birthday of Saint Nicholas.


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