Netherlands: Police use water cannon on protesters in The Hague
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New lockdown rules in the Netherlands have been met with street protests from disgruntled demonstrations as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Hundreds of protestors gathered in The Hague were confronted by police equipped with water cannons during clashes on Friday evening. Dutch police drenched the demonstrators in a bid to get the crowd to disperse as the protest descended into chaos.
The water cannons were turned on the around 200 protestors who had early thrown fireworks and rocks as tensions with police escalated.
Footage from the protest sees demonstrators sitting on the ground as they await the spray.
The protestors attempted to brace against one another as jet moved towards them.
Missiles, including a bicycle and flares, were later thrown at police lines as tensions boiled over.
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The Netherlands has confirmed a three-week partial lockdown amid surging cases.
Professor Neil Ferguson, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has said he hopes the immunity levels mean the UK can “avoid” returning to similar social distancing restrictions this winter.
He said: “I think it is unlikely we will get anything close to what we had last year, that catastrophic winter wave.
“We might see slow increases as we did in October, for instance, but not anything as rapid as we saw last year.”
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He added: “We can’t be complacent, but at the moment I don’t think we’ll be in a situation the Netherlands is coming into where they really do need to get on top of rising case numbers using social distancing.
“I very much hope we can avoid that in this country.”
Prof Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’ve had very high case numbers – between 30,000 and 50,000 a day – really for the last four months, since the beginning of July.
“That has obviously had some downsides.
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“It has also paradoxically had an upside of boosting the immunity of the population compared with countries like Germany, the Netherlands and France, which have had much lower case numbers and are only now seeing an uptick.”
New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has suggested infection levels are continuing to fall across the UK.
The figures show about one in 60 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to November 6, down from one in 50 the previous week.
A Government spokesman said it is preparing “for all eventualities” with “contingency planning” when it comes to dealing with the virus.
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