The Netherlands reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on February 27, 2020. Since then, the numbers have rapidly increased.
Total confirmed cases of coronavirus to date:
(+86 in last 24-hours)
Total deaths in the Netherlands to date
(+10 in last 24-hours)
Hospitalisations to date
(+9 in last 24-hours)
Last updated: 2:10pm June 3, 2020.
The measures in place appear to be working, following a downward trend.
Note: Each Tuesday, the numbers for the preceding week become accurate. Usually, Tuesdays have the highest numbers of the week because of this. Weekends and public holidays can all cause delays in testing data.
What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?
As of June 1, you can get tested in the Netherlands if you have mild symptoms of coronavirus. You can call this number to get a test: 0800-1202. If you don’t have symptoms, there is no point in getting tested, according to the Ministry for Health.
As before, if you do have symptoms you should self quarantine. If you have a fever or a cough, you and your housemates should stay home for 72 hours after the symptoms have stopped.
If you have to go outside wear a face mask so you don’t risk infecting other people. If you can have groceries and other essentials delivered or dropped off by friends or family do this.
What measures are currently in place?
New measures were announced May 6 for the gradual reopening of the Netherlands. These include:
From May 11:
- Primary schools partially reopened with restrictions. Only 50% of students will attend at a time, with students rotating days at home and days at school.
- Day-care and special primary education could open fully.
- Contact professions, like orthodontists, hairdressers, and manicurists are allowed again
- Libraries allowed to reopen.
- Sports that are played outside and are non-contact can be played again by anyone, including adults.
- Those with contact professions, teachers, and those who work with children can be tested.
From May 18:
- Testing opened to more groups, such as police officers and public transport operators.
From June 1
- High schools reopened with restrictions.
- Public transport resumed its normal scheduling on June 1, but everyone must wear a face mask.
- Terraces partially reopened, but clients will need to make a reservation.
- Museums reopened, but only for pre-purchased tickets — no walk-ins.
- Theatres and cinemas reopened, but with certain conditions: only 30 people are allowed in the same room, and they must keep 1.5m from each other.
- Everyone with symptoms able to get a test.
From July 1:
- Group activities with up to 100 people can take place. These include weddings, funerals, and so forth.
- Camping sites can reopen, and communal showers and toilets can be used again.
- Gyms, fitness centres, saunas, spas, clubhouses, casinos, and amusement arcades can reopen.
From September 1:
- A decision will be made about whether festivals and other public gatherings can continue on this date.
- No groups larger than three people in public spaces.
- Ensuring a minimum distance 1.5 metres away from other people where possible, including supermarkets.
- Encouraging people to work from home.
- Those in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and immune-compromised people, to avoid gatherings and public transport.
What can I do to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands?
It’s not just up to the government: we all need to do our share to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. Here are some tips for how you can help out:
- Avoid crowded areas,
- keep a safe distance from other people and when outside,
- avoid touching your face, especially the T-area where your nose and eyes are.
- If coughing or sneezing, do so in your elbows.
- Avoid handshakes and kissing people three times on the cheeks.
Virologists suggest that you should be extra vigilant about taking public transport.
If you really need to go somewhere, then take public transport. Just make sure you stay at a safe distance from other people, that you do not touch your face after touching objects outside (such as handles in the tram), and that you wash your hands with soap as soon as you get back home. From June 1 a face mask is compulsory on public transport.
If you’re in a risk group, don’t take public transport. And of course, if you’re sick just stay at home.
I’m stressed about coronavirus in the Netherlands, help!
While the coronavirus is something to be taken seriously, there is also no need to overreact, panic excessively or compulsively buy toilet paper.
Odds are that even if you do get the coronavirus, you will not die, nor will you have a severe form of it. So unless you are very old, have a bad immune system or already have dangerous pre-existing conditions, you will probably not have a terrible case.
In fact, statistically, the majority of people don’t need hospitalisation and fully recover. But, we’ve all experienced bad cases of the anxieties before, so we prepared a nice little coronavirus anti-anxiety fact list to ease your nerves.
Where can I find more information about COVID-19 from the officials?
The official source for information on coronavirus in the Netherlands is RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
The most up to date information can be found on the RIVM website. This article is also constantly updated with the most current information.
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