Back to restrictions? Dutch cabinet seeks urgent advice from OMT as infections surge

Just as we’re getting used to life slowly coming back to normal, we may need to prepare to take a step backward. News has broken that the Dutch cabinet has requested urgent advice from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) about whether or not to reintroduce coronavirus restrictions. 

In the past week alone, the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has doubled. While last week, there were between seven and eight hundred infections, we are now at 3600.

“You see that it’s increasing rapidly,” Health Minister Hugo de Jonge tells the NOS. We can’t help but wonder what role the massive reopening of nightlife or cases of incorrect access to test results had to play in this. 🤔

De Jonge assures that the cabinet’s goal of protecting healthcare is not in danger. “About three quarters of the infections are among young people and they are less likely to end up in hospital,” he says.

However, he has requested advice from the Outbreak Management Team to see “whether we really should be concerned.”

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Jana Vondráčková 🇨🇿
Originally from the Czech Republic, Jana moved to the Netherlands for her studies. She fell in love with the local biking culture, and you’ll see her drifting through the streets of Rotterdam on her pink bike even in the worst possible weather (think rain, snow, hail, or all three). Besides advocating for Rotterdam as the best Dutch city, she likes to wander around with a camera in her hand.

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