Three weeks of partial lockdown in the Netherlands

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Kuwaitis in Netherlands urged to stick to Covid-19 precautionary measures

BRUSSELS, Nov 12: Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte Friday announced a partial lockdown in the Netherlands for three weeks to control the soaring number of COVID-19 cases. “Tonight we are bringing a very unpleasant message with very unpleasant and far-reaching measures,” Rutte told a press conference at the Hague this evening. “The virus is everywhere and needs to be combated everywhere,” he said.

Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte (AP)

Cafes and restaurants will have to close at 8 pm local time, as will non-essential shops. People have been advised to work at home as much as possible and to limit the number of visitors to no more than four. The measures will come into effect on Saturday evening. On Thursday, over 16,300 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Netherlands, a daily record, and the number of people on IC wards has now reached 330, according to the website.

People walk in the streets, in Eindhoven, on November 12, 2021 as new Covid-19 restrictions as been announced by the Dutch Prime Minister, closing bars, restaurants and shops at 7 p.m. – Dutch Prime Minister on November 12, 2021 announced Western Europe’s first partial lockdown of the winter, with three weeks of Covid curbs on restaurants, shops and sporting events. (Photo by ROB ENGELAAR / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

Kuwait’s embassy in the Netherlands on Friday appealed to its nationals to abide by all precautionary measures and follow up health requirements imposed by Dutch authorities. The embassy urged Kuwaitis to call at any emergency at +31 6 39 37 41 57, the embassy said in a press statement of which KUNA received a copy. (KUNA)

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