The cabinet is intervening with a generous package of new corona measures. For example, the catering industry in the entire country must close at 10 p.m. and there is no longer an audience for professional football. The Hague sources confirm this.
The reins will be tightened for the next three weeks to avoid a lockdown. In addition to the new rules for the catering industry and professional football, you will soon be allowed to receive a maximum of four people at home, according to the list of plans that is circulating. A maximum of thirty people will apply to public spaces and a national maximum of fifty people will apply for outdoor meetings.
Working from home is also more strictly enforced. Employers who do not allow this, while it is possible, are held accountable for this and even risk temporary closure of their company.
The draft plans also show that the cabinet is taking a decision on whether supermarkets should encourage the use of shopping trolleys again and that there will be special times for vulnerable groups to be able to shop.
A registration requirement will apply to all so-called contact professions. For example, hairdressers, just like catering establishments, must ask their customers to leave contact details. This should make it easier for the health services to find out with whom an infected person has been in contact.
Specifically for Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, the rules will probably be further tightened. Only necessary travel to and from those cities will then be allowed. People with ‘vital professions’ are allowed to continue traveling to work, as well as people who, for example, want to visit sick relatives. Visiting a hotel is not possible in these three cities in the coming weeks.
2995 new infections
The new measures are necessary, because the virus is on the rise, according to the figures from the RIVM. In the past 24 hours, 2,914 new infections have been reported. However, there are fewer than in the 24 hours before. Then 2995 new cases were reported. About 18,500 people were tested positive for the virus in the past week.
RIVM registered six deaths in the past 24 hours. And the number of people admitted to hospital with the virus increased by 38, but that does not mean that these people actually died or were admitted in the past 24 hours because the data is sometimes processed a little later.
The pressure is also increasing in hospitals, says chairman of the National Acute Care Network, Ernst Kuipers. According to him, the measures, which will be announced at the press conference tonight, are too late.
Dutch hospitals are currently treating 660 corona patients, about twice as many as a week ago. But according to Kuipers, this number will rise to about a thousand this weekend. By the following weekend, according to calculations, approximately 1,600 corona patients will be treated in hospital, of which 400 to 700 in intensive care. “Hospitals have to make choices at some point and scale down regular care,” says Kuipers. And Diederik Gommers, chairman of the Dutch Intensive Care Association, also says that “overcrowding is imminent”.
During the first wave, intensive care treated about 1,400 corona patients, but then care for others was almost completely stopped. The hospitals now want to prevent this as much as possible.
Press conference at 7 pm
Tonight at 7 p.m. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jong of Public Health will hold a press conference and we will hear exactly what the new measures will look like. The cabinet will consult with the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and the Safety Regions in advance.
Also read: Tonight Rutte and De Jonge will give a press conference at 7 p.m.
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