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King: “Coronavirus we can not stop, loneliness virus called ‘

King Willem-Alexander is proud of how the Netherlands deals with the corona crisis. He lives intensely with patients, relatives of victims, and expresses its appreciation for all those professionally or voluntarily contributing a bit to the approach.

“You all causes despite the paralysis of public life, remains the beating heart of our society,” he said Friday in a speech on television.

The king called the measures “necessary and far-reaching.” “I understand your grief when your beloved, your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa can not visit in the nursing home. Right now you want one thing: to hold their hand. Give comfort.”

Pride

Simultaneously, the king finds provide the Dutch ‘exceptional performance’. He is proud of all the doctors, nurses, specialists, researchers and former caregivers and volunteers who spontaneously offer help.

“Rightly you get a lot of appreciation from the whole society. They are under high pressure. It is important that we continue to give them our trust and follow all instructions. They have only one goal and that is that we get through this crisis together as well as possible and that the risks for vulnerable people remain as small as possible. ”

Simultaneously, he also points to the ‘indispensable’ people in professions outside health care, such as logistics, supermarkets, cleaning, transport, education and childcare, “which prevent stalling our society. “Without you are not simple.”

Willem-Alexander also puts entrepreneurs, freelancers and people in the cultural sector a shot in the arm. They see their own companies and projects they have invested time and love for years, are in danger.

In particular, the king asks attention for all children and their parents. “I understand very well how you feel. First, it might be exciting to be free. But that quickly changes. Can not go to school. Not football or ballet. Birthday parties who do not continue. That’s pretty tough. ”

The king calls together well to keep an eye and care for each other, even though it is freezing in the current situation of social interaction and lack fixed patterns difficult. “The lack it makes this situation especially difficult for anyone, but especially for older people who are vulnerable.”

“Coronavirus unstoppable, loneliness virus called ‘

Simultaneously he noted with pride that Dutch holding “a watchful eye” on others and do what they can to help each other. He calls for online, over the phone or to keep in touch by mail. “The corona virus we can not stop. The loneliness virus does, “said the king.

“Let’s make sure that nobody feels abandoned. And Netherlands would not be here if not anywhere people would spontaneously act Netherlands. Corona makes an incredible amount of vigor, creativity and compassion go. It is these qualities that we need to stay very hard, not only now but also later when conditions might be even more challenging. ”

Willem-Alexander is convinced that the Netherlands’ vigilance, solidarity and warmth “can handle the crisis. “You all causes despite the paralysis of public life, remains the heartbeat of our society. 2020 is a year that each of us is a life will long remember. Everyone has their own experience and experience it in a different way. But I hope and expect that will continue to connect through this difficult time a sense of belonging and pride to us. ”

It is unusual that a head of state, outside the traditional Christmas speech, addressing the nation on television. The first – and last until tonight – killed – time King Willem-Alexander did it was in 2014, a few days after the disaster with flight MH17, which at 298 people – including 196 Dutch.

Foreign monarchs spoke earlier this week to their people. Among others, King Philippe of Belgium, King Harald of Norway and Queen Elizabeth called for solidarity and kindness in these uncertain times.

social distancing

The corona crisis also hit the royal family. Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima and their three daughters shun precaution all social contacts, since well established in the Austrian Lech coronavirus infections. The royal family was late February on a skiing holiday in the resort. As established by five skiers corona.

Although the family is doing well and has no symptoms, keep them at least until tomorrow from others. His visits canceled.

The speech was broadcast by including NOS, RTL, SBS and some regional broadcasters. On Monday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on television across the country to the corona crisis. His speech was watched by 7 million people.

Foreign monarchs spoke earlier this week to their people. Among others, King Philippe of Belgium, King Harald of Norway and Queen Elizabeth called for solidarity and kindness in these uncertain times.

The corona crisis also hit the royal family. Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima and their three daughters shun precaution all social contacts, since they were adopted in the Austrian Lech coronavirus infections. The royal family was late February on a skiing holiday in the resort. As established by five skiers corona.

Although the family is doing well and has no symptoms, keep them at least until tomorrow from others. His visits canceled.

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