RIVM: ‘Don’t go to Rotterdam if you don’t have to’ | NOW


“Don’t go to Rotterdam if you don’t have to,” says Susan van den Hof, epidemiologist at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), in conversation with RTL News. The number of corona infections in the city has risen by more than 500 in a week.

Nationally, the number of positive corona tests has nearly doubled from the previous week. In addition, the number of hospital admissions is also increasing.

In addition to Rotterdam, other regions, such as The Hague and West Brabant, are also negative. “That is cause for concern,” said Van den Hof in conversation with NU.nl.

The head of the Center for Epidemiology and Surveillance of Infectious Diseases at RIVM says that “the time has come” to talk to the government about how to control the coronavirus.

It is still unclear whether this means, for example, that additional regional measures will be taken. Thursday evening Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will give a press conference.

GGD concerned about people’s behavior

The GGD also expresses concern about the behavior of people at parties, dinners and barbecues. “They don’t adhere to the corona measures at all. You could almost say the end is missing this way,” a spokesperson told RTL News.

Also, according to the spokesperson, it occasionally happens that people who should actually be in quarantine are called by the GGD to ask how they are doing and then appear to walk in the supermarket.

“It would make so much difference if everyone just adheres to the measures,” sighs Van den Hof, who says that RIVM still has a “good view” of the virus spread.

‘You do it for your grandparents’

Inge Huijskens, medical microbiologist at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Dordrecht, “does not feel that we have lost control”.

Like RIVM, however, she insists on the importance of the measures in force, such as testing and staying at home with complaints and keeping 1.5 meters.

“I read a lot that young people do not see the need for it. I think they are tired of all limitations and think: it will go wrong. Communicate with those young people,” she advised. “And tell them: you do it for your grandparents.”

According to Huijskens, additional measures are not necessary, but “we have to be on top of it”.


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