Prime Minister Mark Rutte will make the official announcement at 19:00, but various sources have reported that everything will close on Tuesday except essential shops. Whether or not there will also be a curfew has not yet been announced.

All schools will close from Wednesday while daycare centres will stay open only for parents working in essential professions.

“The situation is very serious,” Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said after a meeting of the cabinet on Monday morning. “The figures have gone up sharply in recent days and we have to reduce pressure on the care services.”

The government had set a target of 3,600 daily new cases by mid-December, but that figure reached 10,000 on Sunday.

Sex workers will also have to shut up shop. The restrictions will last at least until January 19.

FILE PHOTO: Mark Rutte