The number of registrations by telephone for a test on Covid-19 has decreased by more than ten thousand in the past week. Between 17 and 25 July, the Dutch wanted a massive test: 25,353 in total. During that period, there were many reports of new clusters of contamination in the Randstad. There was so much interest that waiting times on the phone and in the test streets increased. The GGD had to scale up quickly. “But it was very good,” said a spokesman. “What we have wanted all along. Because with mild complaints you just have to get tested. ”
However, since July 25 it has become quieter in the call centers. Only 14,874 people called for an appointment. “It seems that people are less willing to be tested again. It cannot be that we suddenly have less mild complaints. We call on us to continue calling, after all. ”
Earlier research by RIVM showed that many Dutch people do say that they support the policy of the cabinet – stay in with complaints, and test yourself – but when it comes to it, they rather stick their heads in the sand. A large majority of 80% simply go out with complaints.
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