The Netherlands will be subject to a “partial containment“From Wednesday, October 14, including the closure of all bars and restaurants, in an attempt to curb the strong surge of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Tuesday. After months of refusing to wear a mask, Mr. Rutte finally decided to make it compulsory in all confined spaces for those over 13 years old.
The sale of alcohol will also be banned after 8:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT), with the aim of reducing social interactions that have led to an increase in Covid-19 cases, according to the prime minister, who clarified that these measures came into force on Wednesday. .
«We enter partial containmentMr. Rutte said at a televised press conference. “It will hurt, but it’s the only solution. We need to be stricter».
Dutch health authorities reported a new daily record of 7,393 coronavirus infections on Wednesday. In one week, they identified 43,903 new cases and 150 deaths. Over the past 14 days, the Netherlands has the third highest rate of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe, behind the Czech Republic and Belgium, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In recent months, Mr. Rutte’s government has promoted a policy of “confinement intelligent“Much less strict than its European neighbors, but it is no longer able to control the second wave of the epidemic.
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