Long Lines Form Outside Amsterdam's Coffee Shops as Government Announces Closures | 22 Words

The coronavirus has brought the entire world to a standstill.

The pandemic has been spreading at an alarming rate since it was first discovered in China, and thousands of people all around the world have now died from the deadly virus.

Many countries have been implementing nation-wide lockdowns and the Dutch city of Amsterdam has announced to close down bars and coffee shops for the foreseeable future.

Keep scrolling to check out the incredible sight of desperate Dutch people stocking up on their weed...

We are currently in the midst of a pandemic.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 6,526 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 171,000 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including here in America, the U.K, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There have been many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, 1,016 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and thirty-one have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

Evidently, the coronavirus has been causing people all around the world to suffer from serious panic...

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And many are experiencing anxiety and worry over the impending doom the virus brings with it.

It's safe to say that the entire world has come to a stand-still...

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And after a series of outbreaks over the last few weeks, Italy made the decision to go into a complete lockdown.

Italy currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the entire of Europe...

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And the lockdown was announced by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, as a safety precaution to locals.

Italy is now the second most affected country next to China...

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Nobody is allowed to enter the country and residents have been urged to remain in their homes at all times.

Many other countries in Europe have followed Italy's lead...

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And more and more governments have been announcing lockdowns over the last week.

Amsterdam is one of the many cities affected by the pandemic...

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And the usually busy Dutch city has been left deserted after tourists have been strongly encouraged to not visit.

Residents have also been advised to stay in their homes...

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And the hundreds of bars and coffee shops in the town center have been forced to close for business - which is terrible for so many people trying to earn a living.

Like many other places in the world, locals have been buying in bulk...

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And with Amsterdam being Amsterdam, toilet roll and dried pasta aren't the only essentials on people's lists.

Amsterdam is the capital of marijuana...

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And with the drug being legal in the country, residents enjoy a casual joint every once in a while.

Weed is just as normal as regular cigarettes in Amsterdam...

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So when the news of the coffee shops closing hit the city, residents flocked to get enough weed to see them through the pandemic.

People have been taking to social media to share the astonishing pictures...

And we must say, it is important to stock up on the essentials!

The lines are very long...

Meaning that the weed in Amsterdam must be something pretty special.

Dutch officials warned that the closure of bars and coffee shops may last until April...

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Health Care Minister Bruno Bruins warned residents that more measures may be introduced in the coming days and weeks.
He said, "I am certain these will not be our last measures, the situation keeps developing very rapidly and we will keep deciding on further measures based on the knowledge of experts."

This is an unbelievably difficult time for our world right now...

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So make sure to stay posted for any further updates.