TDutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s new government is expected to ease a month-long Covid-19 lockdown on Friday, as public support for it evaporates despite pressure on hospitals and record new infections.
National Radio NOS, citing government sources, reported that most stores, hairdressers and gyms will be allowed to reopen. Restaurants are expected to remain closed except for takeaway service.
Ruti, whose cabinet was inaugurated on Monday, is due to deliver a televised address to the nation at 1800 GMT.
The caretaker government ordered its shutdown in mid-December as a wave of variable delta forced the health system to cancel all but the most urgent care and it looks set to be overshadowed by rising Omicron cases.
Infections continued to rise despite the lockdown, which bans all public gatherings, with a record number of more than 200,000 in the week to January 11, according to the Netherlands Institute of Health (RIVM). But hospital admissions have decreased slightly.