Fireworks banned on new year in the Netherlands over COVID-19 fear
The Dutch government banned the sale and bursting of fireworks on New Year. The officials said that this measure is taken to help overburdened hospital workers. It will avoid extra burden on care workers and will help in maintaining public order.
Every year the people of the Netherlands welcome New year with traditional fireworks. The craze if fireworks are wild there, people set off millions of euros (dollars) worth of fireworks in the back gardens and streets. This often leads to injuries. In 2019, 1300 fireworks injuries were reported.
The fireworks celebration is supposed to clash with the second wave of Covid-19 infections. Currently, more than half of the country’s 609 intensive care beds are occupied by coronavirus patients and over 4.3 lakhs cases have been reported so far.