Coronavirus Australia Live News: France has the most people hospitalized since June, bars in the Netherlands should close

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The Netherlands will return to a “partial lockdown” on Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, closing bars and restaurants as they fight to control the coronavirus in one of Europe’s main hotspots.

“Today we are announcing strong new measures and, in fact, we are moving towards a partial lockdown,” Rutte said in a televised press conference. He said public gatherings of more than four people would be banned and the sale of alcohol at night would also be banned.

Schools were to remain open and public transport would continue to operate, contrary to measures imposed during a partial lockdown earlier this year.

The measures will last for at least four weeks, with a review of their impact after two weeks. If they prove ineffective, more stringent restrictions could follow, said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.

On Tuesday, the country announced a daily increase in infections with more than 7,400 cases reported.

Reuters reports.

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