The Netherlands has introduced stricter measures to combat rising coronavirus cases, banning spectators at professional sports matches and ordering bars and restaurants to close at 10pm for the next three weeks.
Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said “were doing our best, but the virus is doing better”, warning that tougher measures could follow if the numbers dont stop going up.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte also advised people to wear face masks when shopping in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, the three cities with the highest rates of infections.
He also said people should work from home, no more than three visitors should be allowed in homes, and no more than four people should go out together.
The new measures come into force on Tuesday evening, and follow similar tightening of restrictions amongst the Netherlands neighbours, as European countries battle back against a surging second wave of COVID-19 cases.
The country’s coronavirus dashboard registered 2,921 new infections in the last 24 hours, down slightly from the 2,996 registered Sunday by the country’s public health institute.