The Netherlands eases the lockdown. “We must learn to live with the coronavirus”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday a partial relaxation of the tight lockdown introduced in the country on December 19 due to the high number of coronavirus infections. From Saturday, shops, universities and gyms will reopen, and, among others, hairdressers and prostitutes. On Friday, a record number of over 35.5 thousand was detected in the country. new infections.

There is still a serious virus threat and therefore we cannot open the country right away – said the head of government at a press conference. For this reason restaurants, cinemas and theaters will remain closed.

However, all stores will be open and will be open until 17, except for supermarkets and drugstores, where shopping can be done until twenty. Professions that require contact with the client will also resume operations, incl. hairdressers and prostitutes. Universities and gyms will be opened.

We must learn to live with the coronavirus new Health Minister Ernst Kuipers said, encouraging more use of medical face masks rather than cloth masks. However, this is a recommendation and not an obligation, he stressed.

A record number of infections was recorded in the Netherlands on Friday, the National Institute of Public Health (RIVM) reported. 35,521 new infections were reported, 2,112 more than the day before. This is the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

In the last seven days, RIVM registered 218,442 infections, an average of 31,206 infections per day. This average increases for the seventeenth consecutive day and is at its highest so far.

At the same time, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 is declining. For the first time since November 1, fewer than 1,000 patients with this disease are hospitalized.

Deserted streets, closed shops and bars. Lockdown effects in the Netherlands


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