Netherlands enter in partial lockdown to curb Covid-19

Rene Cortin

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The Netherlands Prime Minister announced that the country will be entering a “partial lockdown” with the aim of controlling the coronavirus in one of Europe’s major hotspots.

In a televised news conference, the Dutch PM said that “Today we are announcing new and sturdy measures and in fact we are going to a partial lockdown.” He said public gatherings of more than four people would be prohibited and alcohol sales in the evening would also be banned.

Schools were to remain open and public transport would keep running, in contrast to measures imposed during a partial lockdown earlier this year.

The measures will last at least four weeks, with a review of their impact after two weeks. If they prove ineffective, tougher restrictions may follow, said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.