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Netherlands: First curfew since WWII begins amid fears over COVID variants01:04

Netherlands: First curfew since WWII begins amid fears over COVID variants

Netherlands, Amsterdam
January 23, 2021 at 21:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

A national curfew went into effect in the Netherlands on Saturday, as seen in Amsterdam, in a bid to curb the rising number of COVID-19 infections, a high percentage of which linked to the B117 mutation of the virus.

The streets around the Royal Palace in the Dutch capital were deserted shortly after 21:00.

Residents are now only allowed to leave their homes if they have a valid purpose as the Dutch government is 'gravely concerned' about the spread of coronavirus variants.

The curfew - the first of its kind to be imposed across the country since World War II - is expected to remain in place until at least February 10. The restrictions are enforced between 21:00 and 04:30 local time (20:00 GMT and 03:30 GMT). Violators risk a fine of 95 euros ($115).

Netherlands: First curfew since WWII begins amid fears over COVID variants01:04
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A national curfew went into effect in the Netherlands on Saturday, as seen in Amsterdam, in a bid to curb the rising number of COVID-19 infections, a high percentage of which linked to the B117 mutation of the virus.

The streets around the Royal Palace in the Dutch capital were deserted shortly after 21:00.

Residents are now only allowed to leave their homes if they have a valid purpose as the Dutch government is 'gravely concerned' about the spread of coronavirus variants.

The curfew - the first of its kind to be imposed across the country since World War II - is expected to remain in place until at least February 10. The restrictions are enforced between 21:00 and 04:30 local time (20:00 GMT and 03:30 GMT). Violators risk a fine of 95 euros ($115).