Confusion arose about both statements in the press moment that Rutte and De Jonge held on Tuesday. More time is likely to be needed to fall below a safe level of the number of hospital admissions, infections per day and the number of people who infect one person with the coronavirus on average. On October 13, the cabinet was still talking about four weeks, but “what we know for sure is that the current measures will take much longer than those four weeks. And it is now expected that it will last at least until December, ”said De Jonge Tuesday.
According to Rutte, that has not yet been decided. “That is what you can now carefully see through your eyelashes,” Rutte told the Chamber on Wednesday. “Have we already decided that the package will be extended beyond mid-November? We haven’t decided yet. ” But according to him, the cabinet wants to provide clarity about the coming period. “That’s the reason we said that last night.”
There was also a lot of confusion about the reproduction number (the ‘R’). RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel seemed to contradict De Jonge about this, but according to Rutte, the cabinet never talked about the actual value, but only the ‘expected R’. “In the coming days we will have to see if that R has indeed fallen a lot below that 1, and that is always with a delay, you cannot determine that at the moment,” said the prime minister.
The cabinet received strong criticism from the opposition about the communication at the press moment on Tuesday. That communication must be crystal clear in times of crisis, and seems to be messy, was the criticism.
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