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Though The Northern Times usually limits itself to regional news, at the request of some of our readers we have prepared an overview of the measures announced on Thursday afternoon and which apply to the whole of The Netherlands, with regards to the current COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. The original reporting is available via Nu.nl
Below are the measures announced Thursday afternoon by Prime Minister Mark Rutte:
• Everyone in The Netherlands who exhibits symptoms of flu, fever or cough complaints should stay at home and avoid social contact
• Call a doctor only if symptoms worsen
• Events with more than a hundred people are to be canceled, this also applies to sports competitions.
• People are called upon to work from home as much as possible, or to spread working hours.
• For healthcare workers, do not stay home from work unless you have complaints or a fever.
• The following also applies to healthcare employees: do not travel abroad.
• Schools do not have to close at this time. The social consequences would then be too great, because parents would also have to stay at home.
• Colleges and universities are advised to offer their lectures online as much as possible.
• Previously, residents of North Brabant were already called upon to work from home as much as possible and also to stay at home in case of complaints.
• Many sporting events and other major events in North Brabant were also canceled.
• People who are at risk groups are urged to use public transport as little as possible.
• People are requested to limit visits to vulnerable persons.
The new measures will in any case apply until 31 March.