Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the country “must act now” to stem the rapid spread of Omicron as he announced a strict lockdown ahead of the Christmas holiday. From Sunday, nearly all shops, restaurants, cultural and sport venues, schools and hairdressers must close their doors to the public. The order is to last until January 14. Only shops considered essential – such as supermarkets and pharmacies – are exempt. People are also now only allowed two guests at their homes.