The Netherlands Introduces Lockdown to Stem Spread of Omicron
18:40 GMT 18.12.2021 (Updated: 18:41 GMT 18.12.2021)
© ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSENThis aerial picture taken on December 20, 2020, shows the deserted Dam Square in Amsterdam decorated with a Christmas tree.
© ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN
PARIS (Sputnik) - The Netherlands will impose a lockdown to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant from Sunday to 14 January, Acting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday.
"The Netherlands will impose a lockdown starting tomorrow ... The Omicron strain is spreading faster than we expected," Rutte said at a press conference.
During the lockdown, all bars, restaurants, cafes, movie theatres, museums, theatres, gyms as well as shops that do not sell essential goods will be closed.