Watch this live at Rutte’s press conference on the advance of the coronavirus


Premier Mark Rutte and Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge gave a press conference on Thursday evening about the new advance of the coronavirus. The number of new infections has been rising for several weeks.

It is the Cabinet’s first ‘corona press conference’ since late June. Then it was decided to stop the fortnightly press moment because the virus spread less. According to Rutte, ‘the new normal’ also included a new form of communication. In the meantime, the infections are on the rise again and it has therefore been decided to schedule another press conference.

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Concern for students

Rutte spoke with the most involved ministers on Thursday about how to stop the new advance of the coronavirus. The main concern is for students and holidaymakers returning from risk areas.

It is now clear that the Cabinet is continuing the introduction weeks for new students at universities and colleges. It was previously expected to be likely to be dropped. However, conditions are set for the activities, sources from The Hague confirm Heart of the Netherlands.

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Thus, no hazing may take place and alcohol is also not allowed. Introductory meetings are allowed, but they must be ready before 22:00.

Test street for holidaymakers

According to sources, a test street may be set up at Schiphol for returning holidaymakers. Travelers can then have themselves tested voluntarily and easily. It is urgent for returnees from risk countries to quarantine for two weeks after arrival. If the result is good, this period can possibly be shortened.

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Research from Heart of the Netherlands it appears that people have very little confidence in compliance with any stricter corona measures. In addition, confidence in the corona policy has declined considerably in recent years: almost half of the Dutch now say they are less positive.

Editorial office / ANP


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