Another day, another (higher) number: this time the RIVM added +77 to yesterday’s number of coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of corona patients in the Netherlands to 265. In addition, two more patients, aged 86 and 82 were found dead, the RIVM reported.

Are the Dutch medical authorities doing it right when it comes to testing for coronavirus?

More people are also wondering if the Dutch health authorities are handling this correctly. For instance, the GGD is opposed to widening the testing criteria for the virus. If you haven’t been to Italy and China or haven’t had direct contact with somebody from those regions, you won’t be able to get tested. And it even then the process is troublesome, as explained read here.

The GGD has stated that this is to prevent an overload of the healthcare system- but of course, this isn’t necessarily a good reason not to be able to get tested. A quick search on twitter was pretty worrying:

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New Dutch MF travel advice for Italy

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also issued ‘negative travel advice’ for parts of Italy. Here’s the tweet and the map, red = no go- which makes sense, of course, and actually feels a little late in posting on part of the ministry as well:

As you’ve probably heard, large parts of Italy are in lock-down. Milan, Venice and countless other big cities are now socially on hold. It’s definitely not good, and for all the and we know we have many Italians here in the Netherlands reading this. Here’s hoping that we all get through the virus in a healthy way!

Check out our Coronavirus video

How did coronavirus come to the Netherlands? What can you do against it in daily life? Is the Netherlands properly prepared for a COVID-19 pandemic? This and plenty of other pressing questions you might have about coronavirus in the Netherlands are all answered in this video by DutchReview.

And if you’re feeling a little anxious about the coronavirus overload, this article might help. And maybe even this one about the Dutch being, well, not so great with washing their hands.

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