The airline and hospitality industries in the Netherlands are already experiencing severe symptoms from the coronavirus. Hospitality sector association KHN reports that cancellations have risen by 48%, according to a survey of almost 4,000 of its members. Meanwhile Schiphol airport has announced that passenger numbers dropped by a fifth in the first week of March. If all flights to and from the United States are temporarily cancelled – as president Donald Trump has announced – Schiphol expects the fall to be 30%. Galleries like the Van Gogh Museum are closed, train stations deserted and parents limited to dropping off their children at the doors of schools a day after prime minister Mark Rutte banned meetings of more than 100 people and called for everyone with cold symptoms to self-isolate.
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