The Netherlands is going into a partial lockdown due to very high corona numbers.
During and after the promulgation of the new rule, there were violent riots.
The Hague - Violent riots broke out in The Hague on Friday evening.
The reason was probably a new partial lockdown, which Prime Minister Mark Rutte previously announced.
The situation in the city of The Hague escalated during the press conference.
The corona situation in the Netherlands: The number of new infections and patients is increasing rapidly.
16,364 new infections were registered on Thursday - the highest value in the pandemic to date.
The 7-day incidence is well over 500 - about twice as high as in Germany.
The situation, especially in intensive care units, is so precarious that hospitals are already warning of the emergency.
By Friday morning, 259 new Covid patients had been registered in 24 hours.
That's the highest number since May 15th.
1755 people are now being treated for Covid-19 in the hospitals.
Corona lockdown in the Netherlands: the new rules
In this situation, the government was forced to limit the almost normal everyday life of the citizens for almost two months through new corona restrictions. You pull the emergency brake and go into partial lockdown for the next three weeks. "These interventions are drastic and will affect everyone," said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday evening in The Hague.
Restaurants and supermarkets have to close at 8 p.m. from Saturday, other shops even at 6 p.m. - this also applies to prostitutes.
The 1.5 meter distance rule is being reintroduced, citizens should work at home again and only receive a maximum of four visitors a day at home.
Sports competitions must be held without an audience.
This also applies to football games, such as the Netherlands’s World Cup qualifier against Norway next Tuesday in Rotterdam.
The limited package is intended to reduce contacts and thus slow down new infections, Rutte justified the measures.
"The pressure on the health system is currently extremely high." The experts advising the government on the pandemic also urgently advised a lockdown.
"The virus is everywhere, across the country, in all areas."
The government had been discussing the new measures since Thursday.
Cinemas and theaters are excluded from the shutdown.
Visitors just have to prove - as before - that they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.
The caretaker government wants to extend this 3G rule to businesses and possibly jobs as well.
In addition, the 2G rule is to be introduced for some areas - possibly for pubs and festivals.
It wasn't until the end of September that the country relaxed most of the rules.
But the situation got worse.
And that despite a high level of vaccination: around 82 percent of citizens are fully vaccinated.
Corona riot in Holland: After the announcement of the lockdown, the situation escalates completely
Ten days ago the first tightening took place in the Netherlands.
The mask requirement was again extended to public spaces such as shops.
But many citizens did not obey the rules.
And enforcement in pubs, for example, was also little controlled.
Resistance to a limited lockdown is great.
Entrepreneurs, sports associations and innkeepers reacted indignantly.
The restaurant association warned that innkeepers would not obey the rules.
“The limit has been reached.
Entrepreneurs are angry, ”said the chairman of the restaurant association, Robèr Willemsen.
And the new partial lockdown did not seem to be well received by the general public either. Evidently serious riots broke out in The Hague during Rutte's press conference. This is reported, among other things, by the
. The newspaper reports of real street battles, in which demonstrators threw stones and bottles at shops and the police. Fireworks were also used. The police responded with a massive contingent, using dogs and water cannons.
At least five demonstrators were arrested during the violent protests, it said on Saturday.
They are accused of throwing stones and fireworks at a rally in The Hague and of defying instructions from the police, as reported by the Dutch news agency ANP.
(dpa / rjs)
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