Netherlands announces general holiday lockdown due to omicron strain

This is necessary in order not to & nbsp; allow the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus, the Prime Minister said.

'The Netherlands is closing again. This is inevitable due to & nbsp; the fifth wave that will hit us with & nbsp; [new] option & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; he announced & nbsp; at a & nbsp; press conference.

According to the Dutch television company NOS, the regime of general self-isolation will begin at & nbsp; 5:00 local time (7:00 Moscow time) and & nbsp; will last until & nbsp; 14 & nbsp; January.

Cafes, restaurants and all shops that do not sell essential goods will be closed in the country. Also, cultural and sports facilities will not work.

In addition, according to Rutte, citizens will be able to gather on the & nbsp; street and & nbsp; in & nbsp; rooms not & nbsp; more than & nbsp; for & nbsp; two people.

For & nbsp; during the holidays, this limit will be increased to & nbsp; four people at & nbsp; age from & nbsp; 13 years old. He noted that & nbsp; the authorities could lift the restrictions earlier if the intermediate results are good.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports Hugo de Jonge said that revaccination of everyone from the coronavirus will begin in the country from 7 January.

Residents will be invited to & nbsp; undergo the procedure.

Earlier, on November 28 & nbsp; the press service of the National Institute of Health and the Environment of the Netherlands reported that & nbsp; identified the omicron strain in & nbsp; 13 people who returned to the & nbsp; country from & nbsp; South Africa. The Netherlands' National Institute of Health then stated that & nbsp; these are not & nbsp; the first cases of omicron infection. in the & nbsp; country.

According to & nbsp; his data, the new strain was found in & nbsp; samples taken from & nbsp; newcomers on November 19 and & nbsp; 23 & nbsp;. Information about & nbsp; volume, they visited & nbsp; South Africa, in & nbsp; institute did not & nbsp; have. Its employees contacted the & nbsp; authorities of the regions where the infected live. They promised to notify the sick about the & nbsp; situation, and & nbsp; then track their & nbsp; contacts.

A new strain of coronavirus omicron; identified in & nbsp; South Africa and & nbsp; Botswana at & nbsp; end of November. After that, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized it as a threat to the & nbsp; world. According to scientists from the & nbsp; UK, it & nbsp; has 32 mutations and & nbsp; could potentially be more dangerous than the & nbsp; delta variant due to & nbsp; increased infectivity and & nbsp; resistance to & nbsp; vaccines. As of & nbsp; 18 & nbsp; December, it was identified in & nbsp; 89 countries.



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