Rutte: Quick clarity about the need for additional measures, comp …

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Prime Minister Mark Rutte during his press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.
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In the coming days it will become clear whether the corona numbers require additional measures. Prime Minister Rutte said this during his weekly press conference on Friday afternoon. But a complete lockdown is probably not obvious now.

“We are at a crossroads,” the prime minister repeated. Rutte: “It is still too early to determine the exact effect of the partial lockdown. But the number of people who tested positive seems constant. We will be monitoring the situation very closely. ”

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There is some optimism in the Prime Minister. Now a complete lockdown seems ‘probably not necessary’, says Rutte. “The reports are moderately positive, but we also have to consider whether we want to accelerate that trend with additional measures. And what kind of damage does that cause? ”

Press conference

The trend should become visible in the coming days, according to the prime minister. “We expect clarity soon and Minister De Jonge and I will hold another press conference on Tuesday. We will then inform you about the current situation and let you know whether additional measures are needed.

Other, major interventions apply almost everywhere in Europe, Rutte observes. “The day-to-day control of the virus is a national matter, but exchanging knowledge and information remains important.”

The number of travel movements in the Netherlands, important for the infections, is currently at the level of June. That is more than during the first intelligent lockdown, but less than in the summer. According to Rutte ‘an encouraging development’.

The prime minister expects to be able to give a definite answer about the travel advice for the winter period as soon as possible. But it is not yet clear whether that advice will be available on Tuesday.

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