Slideshow ( 5 images )“The Netherlands is closing down,” he said to the sound of protesters banging pots and pans outside his office in The Hague.
An exception will be made for three days around Christmas, when three adult visitors will be permitted, he said.
From Tuesday, all public places - including daycare centres, gyms, museums, zoos, cinemas, hairdressers and beauty salons - will close until Jan. 19.
New coronavirus infections in the country of 17 million increased by around 8,500 in the 24 hours to Monday morning, data released by national health authorities showed.
The Netherlands has recorded more than 600,000 cases and 10,000 deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, The Hague