Most Dutch will get coronavirus, PM tells nation

17 Mars, 2020, 15:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Widely known for their legalisation of marijuana, many Dutch citizens were seen queuing up outside "coffee shops", which are also known to be dispensaries for marijuana, to stockpile on their stash before the government initiates a lockdown.

The new measures followed a meeting of the Dutch government with the Dutch Federation of Medical Specialists, hospital organizations and the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

The restrictions will remain in place until at least April 6, Education Minister Arie Slob said in a press conference.

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"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 chose to close all schools and day care centres", he said. 'Do not hoard, it's not necessary there is enough to go around, ' Slob said. The closures also affected the country's famed marijuana-selling coffee shops, sparking panic buying of pot before the coffee shops closed Sunday evening.

A large portion of the Dutch population will contract coronavirus in the coming months, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte cautioned on Monday, appealing to the country to pull together in the face of hard times to come.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned in a televised address to the nation Monday that most residents would get coronavirus, but he ruled out a full lockdown like other European countries.

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