Netherlands, Italy and London close to implementing strict lockdown

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According to media reports, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will announce a strict lockdown this evening. Among other things, a closure of all schools by January 19 is planned, report the broadcasters NOS and RTL with reference to government circles. Also the trade is to close – thus the measures would be harder than in the first Lockdown in April. At that time, stores were allowed to stay open.

London is also likely to face a tightening of Corona restrictions. It is likely that the highest level of the early warning system will be declared, reports the BBC. Currently, the second-highest level is in effect in the British capital. A status review is scheduled for Dec. 16. A tightening would mean that pubs and restaurants, for example, which can currently still open under certain conditions, would have to close and would only be allowed to offer delivery or pick-up services. Gatherings will also be more strictly regulated.

And Italy is considering a similar lockdown to Germany for the holidays. The government in Rome could declare the entire country a so-called “red zone” from Dec. 24 to at least Jan. 2, Italian media report. This would extend curfew restrictions and closures of stores and restaurants. A decision is expected later today. Since Saturday, Italy has been the country with the most Corona deaths in Europe. Previously, this was Great Britain.

  • hp, with reports from derstandard.at. picture: pixabay.com
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