COVID-19: the Prime Minister of the Netherlands announces a “containment” during the Christmas holidays

COVID-19: the Prime Minister of the Netherlands announces a` `containment '' during the Christmas holidays

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THE HAGUE | The Netherlands will be placed in “containment” on Sunday, for the Christmas holiday period, in an attempt to stop the fifth wave of COVID-19 and the strong progression of the Omicron variant, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Saturday . & nbsp;

“I am here tonight in a dark mood. To sum it up in one sentence, the Netherlands will return to containment from tomorrow, “Rutte said during a televised press conference.

“It's inevitable with the fifth wave and with Omicron spreading even faster than we had feared. We must intervene now as a precaution, ”the Prime Minister continued.

All non-essential stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums and theaters must therefore close their doors from Sunday to January 14, while schools must keep their doors closed until at least January 9, Mr. Rutte said. except for Christmas Day, December 25.

The head of the Dutch epidemic management team, Jaap van Dissel, said during the same press conference that Omicron will overtake the Delta variant to become dominant in the Netherlands by the end of the year. .

The Prime Minister's announcement comes just after an emergency government meeting and four days after new restrictions decided by authorities, including a week-long Christmas break in schools primary. & nbsp;

Even before this “lockdown”, long queues had formed outside stores on Saturday. Many Dutch people were doing their Christmas shopping, as reports have already started circulating about new restrictions, such as 19-year-old Ayman Massori, who told AFP in The Hague that he wanted to “collect presents”.

Health restrictions imposed by the Dutch government are increasingly unpopular, with riots erupting in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague for several nights in November.

Almost 86% of adults are vaccinated in the Netherlands.

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