Save those COVID-19 tests: Dutch government decides self-tests are no longer necessary

Throw all your self-tests in the bin, as the Dutch Cabinet has agreed to get rid of the latest COVID-19 measures. 😷

The Cabinet has decided that self-tests are no longer required and you no longer need to stay at home if you have any symptoms, reports the NOS.

Why did they come to this decision?

Last month, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) advised that the measures be scraped. 

As the consequences are much less serious than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, the Cabinet concluded that the measures were just not necessary anymore.

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“You can now indeed call it a kind of flu,” Minister Kuipers told the NOS.

Corona will now be treated like other respiratory infections since everyone in the Netherlands has built up a response to it. Hoera!

A public health service announcement

The public health department (GGD) testing facilities will close down once and for all.

From March 17, people who need a test or proof of recovery to travel abroad to countries that require one will have to go to private testing facilities in order to do so.

This move, however, did garner some backlash from those not in favour of the Cabinet’s decision.

The GGD has also not decided if a new vaccination needs to be scheduled for the spring.

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Their only advice is to continue practising general hygiene such as washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbows. (A little bit of common sense will go a long way! 😉)

For those in the care sector

Employees at nursing homes will still be allowed to work if they present covid complaints.

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However, the institution should continue to take precautions like, for example, wearing protective clothing if they have symptoms since there are many vulnerable people in nursing homes.

What are your thoughts on the Cabinet’s decision? Tell us in the comments below!

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Eva Gabriella
Eva Gabriella
After calling Malaysia her home for 19 years, Eva moved to Amsterdam to study literary and cultural analysis. Well, that was the academic theory — in reality it was more like “cultural shock.” Eva’s mastery of life in the Netherlands involved initiation into the richness of nocturnal hangouts, canals, cuisine, and upright and forthright cyclists (who she now rings her bell back at.) When she is not speeding her way through books, she is winding and weaving down endless straatjes, often finding herself, not so quite by chance, in a gezellig music bar!


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