Netherlands – Suggestions for tougher measures against Omicron


Health experts advising the Dutch government on the strategy for Covid-19 said additional measures would be needed to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, the state-run NOS television network reported today, just days after nightfall. which was imposed in the country and is now in force, was extended until January.

Great concern

The NOS cited sources “around” the panel of experts, whose recommendations are not made public until the government makes a decision.

Health Minister Hugo de Jong told reporters outside the room where the cabinet met earlier today that he was “deeply concerned” about Omicron’s rapid dispersal.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte

“I will not say what additional measures may be needed,” de Jong said, adding, however, that the government would follow the experts’ recommendations.

The government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to meet with its health advisers tomorrow, in view of the decision on the imposition of new measures.

The entertainment is closed

The government announced on Tuesday that the closure of bars, restaurants and most shops from 5pm to 5am, which took effect in late November, will remain in place until January 14th.

In addition, primary schools will be closed earlier in the holiday season due to the high number of infections among children.

Today, the National Institutes of Health (RIVM) announced 15,433 new cases of Covid-19, a number about 25% lower than a week earlier, but above the peak of any other wave.  

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