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Dutch king cuts short vacation in Greece after criticism

October 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and his wife cut short a vacation to Greece on Friday after coming under criticism for traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)The Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and his wife cut short a vacation to Greece on Friday after coming under criticism for traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We see the reactions by people to reports in the media," Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima said in a statement published by the Royal House late on Friday.

Though the king's vacation in Greece did not break any of the Netherlands' lockdown rules, including new restrictions introduced this week amid one of Europe's biggest coronavirus outbreaks, the government has discouraged unnecessary travel.

"This is unwise and incomprehensible," the ANP news agency quoted lawmaker Joost Sneller of the D-66 party, one of the coalition partners in Prime Minister Mark Rutte's governing coalition, as saying of the King's vacation.

Willem-Alexander, who has a private villa in southern Greece, traveled by government jet, ANP reported.

The Netherlands reported nearly 8,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, a record.

Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima issued an apology after a previous vacation to Greece, in August, after a photo was published showing them breaking social distancing guidelines on the island of Milos.

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