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Netherlands face three-week, partial lockdown as COVID-19 cases hit high.

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New coronavirus infections in the country have increased rapidly after social distancing measures were dropped and hit a record of around 16,300 in 24 hours on Thursday

In recent weeks the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has risen rapidly. More and more people are being admitted to hospital. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs is now growing and calculations show that numbers could increase further. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) expects a peak of 500 COVID-19 patients in ICUs this winter.

The government is taking extra measures to slow down the rapid spread of the virus. In doing so, the government wants to keep society open as much and as safely as possible.

First of all, it is important that everyone continues to follow the basic rules, even if they have been vaccinated. The better we do this together, the less the virus can spread and the fewer restrictive measures will be necessary. The basic rules have proved successful in preventing infections.

The cabinet is set to announce a three-week partial lockdown at Friday evening’s press conference, in an effort to get the Netherlands soaring coronavirus infections under control, Dutch media report.

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Cinemas and theaters will likely remain open.

Sports competitions may continue, but without an audience in the stands. 

The Cabinet will also expand the use of the coronavirus access pass to zoos and amusement parks. 

Catering establishments and non-essential shops must close at 7:00 p.m.

Netherlands residents will be allowed only four visitors at home and must work from home as much as possible.

The measures will take effect at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, according to the broadcaster’s sources.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is providing advice and information on the new coronavirus. The organisation provides advice to doctors, laboratories and municipal health services (GGDs) on tackling the virus in the Netherlands. 

You can find detailed information on the new coronavirus on the RIVM website.

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