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Netherland­s ‘going into lockdown again’ to curb omicron

- By Danica Kirka and Mike Corder

Nations across Europe moved to reimpose tougher measures to stem a new wave of COVID-19 infections spurred by the highly transmissi­ble omicron variant, with the Netherland­s leading the way by imposing a nationwide lockdown.

All non-essential stores, bars and restaurant­s in the Netherland­s will be closed until Jan. 14 starting Sunday, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a hastily arranged press conference Saturday night. Schools and universiti­es will shut until Jan. 9, he said.

In what is surely to prove a major disappoint­ment, the lockdown terms also rein in private holiday celebratio­ns. Residents only will be permitted two visitors except for Christmas and New Year’s, when four will be allowed, according to Rutte.

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