Dutch appeals court maintains coronavirus curfew until further verdict

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THE HAGUE, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday agreed to the government’s request and overturned a lower-court ruling issued earlier in the day, which ordered the government to end the mandatory curfew it imposed last month to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The decision left the curfew in place at least until Friday, when full arguments in a lawsuit to stop the curfew were scheduled to be heard, said NL Times in an online report.

The Netherlands has been under a mandatory curfew — from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. local time — since Jan. 23. It was extended last week until March 2.

The three-judge appellate panel, on Tuesday evening, heard arguments in an appeal against the ruling on Tuesday afternoon by the District Court of The Hague, which stated that the mandatory curfew was improper and must end immediately.

The Netherlands’ demissionary cabinet lodged an appeal against the ruling, and asked the appeals court to suspend the ruling pending the verdict on appeal. Enditem

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