During the meeting with reporters, the prime minister apologized for the excessive optimism that he and Health Minister Hugo de Jong gave at a press conference two weeks ago, to report on the lifting of restrictions.

“It wasn’t a good press conference for us,” said Ruti. On the other hand, de Jong said that “what seemed justified at the time turned out to be an error of assessment”.

On Friday, the government announced the restoration of some restrictions that were lifted at the end of June. Nightclubs and discos were again closed, the commitment to maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters in restaurants was restored, and festivals and sporting events were cancelled.

According to the National Institute of Public Health, the number of coronavirus infections has been increasing rapidly for more than a week. Last Saturday, more than 10 thousand people registered. New infections, mostly since December 25, 2020.

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