Netherlands: 1135 cases of COVID-19, 20 related deaths
Created : 16 March 2020
All schools, cafes, restaurants and sport clubs have been ordered closed as the Netherlands seeks to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the move has become necessary as the number of confirmed cases has risen to 1135 with 20 virus related deaths recorded.
During a press conference the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Arie Slob said the restrictions will remain in place until at least April 6.
“It has become clear that it is impossible for many schools to remain open as many teachers were already sick at home and because of safety risks, therefore we have decided to close all schools and day care centres,” he said.
Minister of Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins said the situation keeps evolving, so additional measures may soon become necessary.
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