Diederik Gommers calls the increased number of corona infections reason to quickly go into a complete lockdown. According to the chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care, the ‘semi-soft’ measures of the cabinet do not work.
I do not understand that we are not tighter and stricter in the game
Gommers is thus responding to the just announced figures from the RIVM: 6504 new infections. That is more than 500 more than yesterday, while everyone actually hoped that the effects of the latest corona measures would become visible today. “Those measures have not proven to be adequate,” he concludes. ,,The intention was flatten the curve. That does not work yet. ”
Tougher measures are needed to bring the number of infections down, says the member of the Outbreak Management Team. “I am very much in favor of entering a lockdown as soon as possible. And then no intelligent lockdown or something like that, but a full one. Otherwise nothing will change. Hopefully we can get out soon. ”
Gommers hopes that the cabinet will speed up taking new measures. “As far as I’m concerned, things can be done a little faster in a crisis like this. Mark Rutte should not say again on Friday that he is going to think about new measures. The policy covers an incredible number of drives, and you have been seeing the number of infections rising all week. I do not understand that we are not tighter and stricter in the game. ”
The IC doctor acknowledges that the cabinet is in a difficult position, having to choose between medical and economic consequences of the corona policy. “Tighter measures definitely have economic consequences, but so does this semi-soft (policy). Because it is not effective and it now takes longer. ”
Gommers adds again that he does not want to cause too much fear with his message. Treatment methods to combat the virus are getting better every week. An increasingly smaller proportion of infected people end up in intensive care. “The danger is more that corona care will displace regular hospital care. Nearly ten percent of hospital beds are now occupied by covid patients. That number really has to go down. “
Virologist Ab Osterhaus does not rule out the need for a lockdown to curb the rising infection rates. But to check carefully whether the latest measures taken by the cabinet are effective, he recommends waiting two more days. “You would like the figures to be deflected now, but it is still a bit early to draw conclusions now. But it is clear that the numbers have to go down. The virus is now spreading and we are still at the beginning of winter. The virus is expected to get stronger in the cold months. ”
Osterhaus especially sees the benefit of a duty to mask in public, closed spaces. According to the virologist, the usefulness of wearing mouth masks is increasingly being proven. “Where you used to be seen as a leper when you wore a mouth mask, we have to move towards a situation where people are embarrassed if they don’t.”
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