National Post (National Edition)

DUTCH EXTEND NIGHT CURFEW THROUGH MARCH 3

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The Dutch government will extend a nighttime curfew intended to slow the spread of coronaviru­s through March 3, the country's justice minister said on Monday. The curfew, the first in the Netherland­s since the Second World War, sparked several days of riots from anti-lockdown protesters when it was initially introduced on Jan. 23. The team of medical experts advising the government “has told us that it's turning out worse than we feared after all with the number of infections, hospitaliz­ations and such,” Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhau­s said. “It also warned us stringentl­y about the ever-higher rise of the much more infectious British variant, and advised us urgently to go ahead and continue with the curfew,” he told reporters as he announced the decision after a Cabinet meeting.

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