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The Netherlands relaxes coronavirus measures, but restaurants stay shut – POLITICO

The Netherlands relaxes coronavirus measures, but restaurants stay shut – POLITICO
‘We hope to reach a situation wherein we no longer need to close sectors which we have just reopened,’ says health minister.

“Even with the current package of relaxations our models show that we will reach an infection rate of some 80,000 positive cases daily,” Rutte said.Rutte said that a long-term plan for the country’s COVID-19 strategy will be revealed next month, to which Kuipers added: “We hope to reach a situation wherein we no longer need to close sectors which we have just reopened.AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands — the first European country to go into lockdown as the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus spread to Europe — will partially reopen on Saturday.“We are entering into a new phase of the pandemic … The Omicron variant has caused an unprecedented surge in infections,” new Health Minister Ernst Kuipers said at a press conference Friday, adding that despite the rise in cases, “we are carefully taking steps to reopen the country in some ways.

The RIVM agency for infectious diseases has reported an average of 31,207 daily positive cases over the last seven days in a country of some 17.Support for the lockdown measures has visibly decreased in recent weeks, with several non-compliance protests from shopkeepers.

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