Netherlands: King's Day car parade cheers up nursing home residents

The residents of a nursing home for mentally disabled people in Strinjen saw their Monday brightened with a car parade marking King's Day, as they participated under strict social distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. The nursing home residents took to their balconies, waved Dutch flags and danced to the music as they enjoyed a car procession led by people dressed as King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima. Falco Flipse, who is friends with one of the nursing home's residents said, «Normally we go to do something, but it's now corona time so we don't see them, we don't go out with him, but we want to do it in this way for the people because they are always indoors.» All the official gatherings, street markets and concerts were cancelled for King's Day, which is the country's national holiday marking King Willem-Alexander's date of birth, due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. According to data compiled by John Hopkins University, the Netherlands have more than 38,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with over 4,500 people having died with the disease as of Monday.

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