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Omicron variant: Netherlands could impose strict measures | Coronavirus

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Prime Minister Mark Rutte is due to hold a press conference at 7 p.m. local time, confirmed to theFrance Media Agency a government spokesperson, who is holding an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The team of experts (OMT), whose opinion has not been made public, is said to have called on Friday for the shutdown over several weeks of all sectors except essential stores such as supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores.

Restaurants, non-essential shops and the cultural sector could therefore close again. Experts are also said to have advocated the closure of schools and higher education.

The firm wants to take a good choice after a tip serious of the UNWTO, the outgoing Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus told the Dutch news agency ANP.

The Netherlands announced earlier this week the early closure of primary schools before the Christmas holidays due to the Omicron variant.

Health restrictions that came into effect on November 28, including the closure of non-essential shops, bars and restaurants every day between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., have been extended until January 14.

Citizens can only receive four guests at the house.

Decrease in contamination

These measures reduced contamination from recent record levels. Cases fell 21% in the week of Dec. 7-14 to 116,477, the RIVM public health institute said earlier this week.

The country also recorded a slight decrease hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients, but RIVM found the Omicron variant cause for concern.

Until December 14, the Omicron variant had been detected in 105 people in the Netherlands, according to the RIVM.

The Dutch Minister of Health announced this week a maximum acceleration of the vaccine booster campaign for all adults who so wish by the second half of January, in order to slow down the expected wave Omicron.

Health restrictions imposed by the Dutch government are increasingly unpopular, with riots erupting in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague for several nights in November.

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