The Netherlands plans ‘severe measures’ to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – minister

Protesters run toward police officers in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Nov. 20, 2021, in this screenshot obtained from a social media video. Video recorded on November 20, 2021. Sven Simcic – Video In Resistance via REUTERS

AMSTERDAM, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The Dutch government is planning a series of “severe measures” to slow down the current record wave of new COVID-19 cases facing the country, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Thursday, but it has not led to a final decision as to what they will be.

“There is no doubt that severe measures will be needed,” De Jonge told reporters in The Hague after health authorities reported more than 20,000 new cases in the past 24 hours. The government is expected to announce new restrictions on Friday.

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Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alex Richardson

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