Lockdown in the Netherlands: Lockdown has been imposed in the Netherlands after increasing cases of coronavirus infection. A large number of protests took place in the northern city of Utrecht against the lockdown. Acting Prime Minister Mark Root announced a partial lockdown and said it would remain in place for at least three weeks. He said that his government "wants to hit hard on the infection." Also Read - Uttarakhand Unlock: Uttarakhand became free from restrictions, remember - restrictions are over, not guidelines,

State broadcaster NOS reported that hundreds of young people gathered at the crossroads in Leuvorden, 140 km from Amsterdam, to protest the lockdown. NOS told in its news that later the riot police dispersed the protesters. Also Read - So far 110 countries have given recognition to India's corona vaccine, agreements for cooperation

Media reports said 'bars' in the southern city of Breda remained open for longer than the scheduled time. In Utrecht, student Suzanne van de Werd expressed her displeasure at the new restrictions. He said, "It is very difficult for me to accept the lockdown. This is very bad and it is something that destroys my social life and the way I relax as a student. Vaccine certificate required to buy alcohol here

About 85 percent of the country's population has been fully immunized, but on Thursday, the country's Public Health Institute said 16,364 new cases were reported in 24 hours. These are the highest ever cases of infection in the country. More than 18,600 people have lost their lives due to the infection. Significantly, this is the first lockdown imposed in any country in Western Europe after a new wave of infection started in some parts of the continent.