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    There have been running battles between rioters and police across cities in the Netherlands for several days.

    Many Dutch people have been outraged by a curfew; the first to be imposed since the end of second world war.

    The nation had a more relaxed approach to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic – but infections have surged.

    It’s now stepping up its measures to face the threat of more contagious strains detected in the UK and South Africa.

    But as governments bring in new and tougher measures — are they losing control?

    Presenter: Sami Zeidan

    Guests:

    Jan-Willem Van Prooijan – Professor of Psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam.

    Amir Khan – Doctor at the UK’s National Health Service or NHS.

    Jeff Lazarus – Head of Health Systems at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

    Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel

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