Dutch Government Urges Court To Keep Covid Curfew
Umer Jamshaid 6 days ago Fri 19th February 2021 | 03:50 PM
The Hague, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Feb, 2021 ) :The Dutch government asked appeals judges Friday to overturn a court order scrapping a coronavirus curfew, comparing the pandemic to waters overwhelming the low-lying country's famed dykes.
Government lawyer Reimer Veldhuis said that the curfew was introduced on January 23 to stop a "worrisome" surge of Covid-19 cases due to a new variant first found in Britain.
"To stay in the metaphor, the water level had to go down as quickly as possible to make room for the new wave." Judges have allowed the 9pm to 4:30am curfew, the first in the Netherlands since the Nazi occupation in World War II, to remain in effect pending the outcome of Friday's hearing.
It was not clear whether the judgment would come on Friday or be announced at a later date.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said he would await the court's decision before bringing into effect a law that would reinstate the curfew anyway.
Opposition MPs criticised Rutte over the issue, with one calling him the "dictator of the low countries.'Rutte is governing as caretaker PM until elections next month after his government resigned in January over a scandal involving childcare payments.