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Netherlands to ease coronavirus restrictions despite new wave of infections

A general view of a largely deserted Dutch urban centre is seen as Netherlands enters into its third day of lockdown, in Den Bosch

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands will be eased as of Saturday, despite a record number of infections due to the Omicron variant, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Non-essential stores, hairdressers, beauty salons and other service providers will be allowed to reopen under strict conditions until 5 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) for the first time since mid-December.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer; editing by Diane Craft)

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