ANKARA

The Netherlands reported 190 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 45,768.

According to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RVIM), virus-related deaths in the country reached 5,871 as 15 more people lost their lives.

With seven new admissions, a total of 11,697 Dutch citizens have been hospitalized for virus treatment to date.

The Netherlands is among several European countries that have announced the easing of lockdown restrictions. The easing of measures began on May 11, and will continue through September.

Elementary schools, hairdressers, and libraries have reopened, while restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and cultural institutions will conditionally resume operations from June 1. A maximum of 30 people, including staff, will be allowed at a time, and only if visitors are able to keep a distance of 1.5 meters (nearly 5 feet) from others.

Confidence in gov’t measures, information ‘high’

The RVIM said that in the course of the corona crisis, people in the Netherlands have become more concerned about their health and the health of their loved ones. And since the need for information of people has changed in recent months, confidence in the information it provides, and the measures taken by the Cabinet, is high: between 78 and 85%.

“This is evident from the interim results of survey questionnaires conducted by Nivel, the Netherlands Institute for Healthcare Research and RIVM,” it said on its website.

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