Netherlands to ease Covid restrictions despite rising case numbers


Netherlands: The Dutch government has said it will ease its Covid-19 restrictions, among Europe’s toughest, from Wednesday.

Dutch hospitality settings, including bars, restaurants and museums, have been shut since 18 December in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

But despite the restrictions, Covid-19 cases have continued to increase, with some 60,000 now recorded per day.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a news conference that the country was “taking a risk” in easing the restrictions.

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