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Dutch PM Rutte: no more audiences at sport gatherings for three weeks

FILE PHOTO: Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for the fourth day of the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 20, 2020. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government on Monday announced a raft of new measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus including limiting travel, closing bars and restaurants early and discouraging public gatherings.

The measures, which also include wider use of cloth masks for the public in Amsterdam and other big cities, came amid a second wave of cases that have passed the earlier peak in April in numbers of new infections.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; editing by Jonathan Oatis