Coronavirus: Dutch move into Christmas lockdown over Omicron wave


The Netherlands imposed a strict lockdown over Christmas  over concerns about the Omicron version of the coronavirus.

Non-vital stores, bars, gyms, hairdressers and different public venues may be closed till as a minimum mid-January. Two visitors in keeping with family may be allowed - 4 over the vacations.

Coronavirus: Dutch move into Christmas lockdown over Omicron wave
Coronavirus: Dutch move into Christmas lockdown over Omicron wave

Statements by prime minister about Omicron and preventive measures

Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated the measures had been "unavoidable".

Countries throughout Europe had been tightening regulations because the closely mutated version spreads.

The new guidelines withinside the Netherlands - the strictest to had been introduced over Omicron up to now - come into pressure on Sunday.

"I am here tonight in a dark mood".  And lots of humans looking will sense that manner too," Mr Rutte advised a information convention on Saturday.To sum  up in one sentence, the Netherlands will be back in lockdown from tomorrow. 


Humans are being advised to live domestically as an awful lot as viable. Strict limits may be placed on the quantity of folks that can meet - most visitors elderly thirteen and over, may be allowed in humans' homes, and 4 on 24-26 December and on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Events aren't accepted apart from funerals, weekly markets promoting groceries and expert sports activities suits and not using spectators.

All faculties may be closed till as a minimum nine January, even as different lockdown measures will stay in region till as a minimum 14 January.

Restaurants can preserve to promote takeaway meals, and non-vital stores can provide click on and gather services.

BBC report on Omicron

The BBC's Anna Holligan in The Hague stated the statement turned into being met with disbelief and dismay.

"I can now hear the entire Netherlands sighing. It's exactly a week before Christmas, another absolutely unique Christmas of what we might like, ”said Rutte

But, he added, a failure to behave now might probably lead to "an unmanageable state of affairs in hospitals".

Earlier on Saturday, humans rushed to do their Christmas buying amid reviews that new measures had been approximately to be introduced.

"It's too busy, however I'm coming earlier than the Christmas vacations to choose gifts, it looks like a brand new lockdown is coming," Ayman Massori advised AFP information agency.

For weeks, curfews had been located on hospitality and cultural venues withinside the Netherlands so that it will restrict the unfolding of Omicron.

Statistics of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health on coronavirus infections

Coronavirus: Dutch move into Christmas lockdown over Omicron wave

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health has said extra than 2.9m coronavirus instances for the reason that pandemic began, and over 20,000 deaths.

It says the Omicron version presently nonetheless money owed for a minority of coronavirus instances withinside the Netherlands, however is spreading rapidly.

Officials say it's predicted to turn out to be the dominant version via the means of the New Year.

The head of the Dutch outbreak control team, Jaap van Dissel, stated the brand new measures might "purchase time", permitting extra humans to get booster photographs and for the healthcare machine to put together for a probable upward push in infections

“As hardy people, we are included first class if as many humans as possible get a booster vaccination,” he said.

More than 85% of all adults withinside the Netherlands had been vaccinated, however up to now fewer than nine% have had the booster shot.

The Minister of Health  "Hugo de Jonge" said that all adults could now have an invitation to a reminder appointment through the means of January 7.

France, the Republic of Ireland and Germany have additionally introduced measures designed to scale down the infections.

The Omicron version is "spreading at lightning speed" in Europe and could probably turn out to be dominant in France via means of the beginning of subsequent year, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has warned.

Coronavirus: Dutch move into Christmas lockdown over Omicron wave

What are France's new guidelines for UK travellers?

France has imposed strict journey regulations on the ones getting into from the United Kingdom - the toughest hit united states withinside the region, with almost 25,000 confirmed Omicron instances on Saturday.

Europe has already visible extra than 89 million instances and 1.five

million Covid-associated deaths, in keeping with the state-of-the-art EU figures.


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