Dutch announce Christmas lockdown to slow the spread of Omicron

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The Dutch government announced Saturday that schools, universities, and all non-essential businesses must close until Jan. 14 starting Sunday, The Associated Press reports.

"The Netherlands is going into lockdown again from tomorrow," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Saturday night. He said the lockdown was necessary "because of the fifth wave caused by the Omicron variant that is bearing down on us."

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