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Netherlands to Impose Strict Five-Week Lockdown to Battle Covid

  • Country closing non-essential shops for first time in outbreak
  • Dutch citizens need to keep contact to a minimum, Rutte says

The Dutch government is imposing stricter lockdown measures for five weeks in an effort to reverse a jump in daily cases and hospital admissions.

Non-essential shops will be shuttered until at least Jan. 19, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a televised speech on Monday, the first time that’s happened since the pandemic began. Publicly accessible spaces such as zoos, amusement parks and cinemas will also close, while supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open, Rutte said.