Hugo De Jonge

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Mark Rutte: “What we thought would be possible, turned out not to be possible in practice.” Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/EPA

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte conceded on Monday that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted too soon in the Netherlands and he apologised as inf(...)

Dutch outgoing minister of health Hugo de Jonge: “All the figures that should be going down are going down, and those that should be going up are going up.” Photograph:  Bart Maat

After a 15-month struggle with coronavirus that has cost more than 20,000 lives, the Netherlands is to bring forward the third phase of its reopening (...)

 People  shopping in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.   There has been a sharp rise in patients under the age of 50 being hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Netherlands. Photograph: Remko De Wal/EPA

Having ended its controversial nightly coronavirus curfew less than a week ago, the Netherlands has already reapplied the public health brakes and pos(...)

People shopping in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam on Wednesday as customers are allowed shop without appointments once again. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ EPA

The three-month long coronavirus overnight curfew, which led to rioting, challenges in the courts and emergency legislation, finally ended in the Neth(...)

A  fresh load of beer is delivered to  De Koning cafe in Alkmaar amid moves to relax coronavirus restrictions from April 28th. Photograph: Koen van Weel

The caretaker Dutch government has finally bowed to pressure and agreed to lift the country’s overnight coronavirus curfew – which led to days of nati(...)

Outgoing Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (on bicycle) and outgoing minister of health Hugo de Jonge: “We each have our own Covid reality,” says Mr Rutte.  Photograph: Marco de Swart

Hopes that the toughest coronavirus restrictions, including a controversial nightly curfew, were on the verge of being lifted have been dashed by the (...)

Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte (left) greets Pieter Omtzigt  prior to the swearing-in of the members of the House of Representatives, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Wednesday. Photograph: Remko de Waal/ EPA

The Netherlands shortened its controversial nightly curfew by one hour from Wednesday evening despite the seventh consecutive week of rises in new cor(...)

Mark Rutte, acting premier: new coronavirus cases are rising in the Netherlands – up 16 per cent to 46,005 over the week to Tuesday, the fastest growth since mid-January. Photograph: Lex Van Lieshout/EPA

The caretaker Dutch government has extended the country’s second lockdown and the overnight curfew that led to riots earlier in the year – warning tha(...)

People queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in church De Duif in Amsterdam on Monday. Photograph:   Peter Dejong/AP

Voting in a low-key Dutch general election defined by the coronavirus pandemic opened on Monday, overshadowed by the caretaker government’s decision t(...)

Prime minister Mark Rutte: ‘It’s obvious that the lockdown in this form cannot continue.’ Photograph: Getty

Having been the last European Union country to start vaccinating against coronavirus, the Netherlands has pledged that every one of its eligible citiz(...)

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