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World Dutch impose new tighter lockdown amid spiking infections

19:41  28 november  2021
19:41  28 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

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AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands moved into a tougher lockdown Sunday that was announced amid spiking infections even before the country recorded its first confirmed cases of the new, more highly transmissible omicron virus variant.

A lone girl waits for a tram in a near-deserted street full of closed restaurants, bars and shop under a partial lockdown in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The Dutch government tightened its lockdown Friday night amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) © Provided by Associated Press A lone girl waits for a tram in a near-deserted street full of closed restaurants, bars and shop under a partial lockdown in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The Dutch government tightened its lockdown Friday night amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Bars, restaurants, nonessential stores, cinemas and theaters were among the public places forced to shut from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. under the new lockdown.

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Wilko Klippens, who runs the Biessels cafe on the Grote Markt square in the city of Nijmegen, said the latest lockdown will further eat into his savings.

Closed bars and restaurants under a partial lockdown are seen on a near-deserted Rembrandt plein, or Rembrandt Square, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The Dutch government tightened its lockdown Friday night amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) © Provided by Associated Press Closed bars and restaurants under a partial lockdown are seen on a near-deserted Rembrandt plein, or Rembrandt Square, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The Dutch government tightened its lockdown Friday night amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

“We’re going to keep all the staff. You know, they’re going to pay their rent, pay their education. So yeah, it’s on us," he said. "So the money we saved for retirement is the money we pay the staff with and the rent.”

Staff at Café De Oude Wester close up just after 5pm in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, as a tougher lockdown came into effect starting 5 pm, moving closing time forward three hours amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions.(AP Photo/Mike Corder) © Provided by Associated Press Staff at Café De Oude Wester close up just after 5pm in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, as a tougher lockdown came into effect starting 5 pm, moving closing time forward three hours amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions.(AP Photo/Mike Corder)

The restrictions took effect hours after Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced that at least 13 travelers who arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Friday tested positive for the new variant. He urged other travelers who arrived last week from southern Africa to get tested as well.

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“We have appealed to everyone ... who has been in southern Africa in the past week to report to the local health authority ... to make a separate test appointment,” he said.

Café De Nieuwe Lelie closed at 5pm in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, as a tougher COVID-19 related lockdown came into effect starting 5 pm, moving closing time forward three hours amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions. (AP Photo/Mike Corder) © Provided by Associated Press Café De Nieuwe Lelie closed at 5pm in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, as a tougher COVID-19 related lockdown came into effect starting 5 pm, moving closing time forward three hours amid swiftly rising infections and ICU admissions. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

The Netherlands has seen a string of record daily infections in recent weeks and an earlier partial lockdown appears to have had little effect. Dutch hospitals have warned that intensive care units could become overwhelmed by the end of the week. The Dutch government has mandated that all nonessential surgeries, such as hip replacements, be postponed to free up ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.

Two women flash V-signs after laying down roses in the form of a heart as police patrol the city center where a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown was banned in Nijmegen, eastern Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) © Provided by Associated Press Two women flash V-signs after laying down roses in the form of a heart as police patrol the city center where a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown was banned in Nijmegen, eastern Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

De Jonge said he could not rule out imposing more restrictions leading up to Christmas.

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Wilma van Kampen said she would adhere to the lockdown and hoped that the situation does not deteriorate.

“I’m a nurse. I know how sick people get. I see a lot of people suffering from COVID,” she said.

Earlier Sunday, a heavy police presence massed in the eastern city of Nijmegen ahead of a banned protest against coronavirus measures. Police said they arrested or turned away multiple people during checks on roads leading into the city.

Police patrol the city center after a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown was banned in Nijmegen, eastern Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) © Provided by Associated Press Police patrol the city center after a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown was banned in Nijmegen, eastern Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Just over a week ago, a coronavirus protest in the port city of Rotterdam degenerated into violence that prompted police to open fire on rioters who threw rocks and fireworks at officers, vandalized police cars and set fires in the city's streets.

In Nijmegen on Sunday, Monique van Aken said she doesn't expect this lockdown to be the last.

“I think it’s going to be happening all the time. It’s going to mutate, and we have to be prepared for that," she said. "After this variant, new variants will come.”

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Austrian lockdown extended through Dec 11 as planned .
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's lockdown has officially been extended until Dec. 11 as planned amid signs that the measures are helping to bring down a sky-high coronavirus infection rate. A parliamentary committee signed off Tuesday on the extension of the country's fourth national lockdown of the pandemic, which started on Nov. 22, the Austria Press Agency reported. That was necessary because some lockdown measures can only be ordered for 10 days at a time. © Provided by Associated Press Public spaces are empty due to the lockdown in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

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