In the press conference held by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge of the interim government in the Netherlands, a statement was made regarding the increasing number of cases and new measures.
Rutte stated that the new measures will start to be implemented as of 06:00 tomorrow morning and will remain in effect until 13 August.
DISCO AND BARS ARE CLOSED
According to the announced measures, cafes and restaurants will be closed between midnight and 06.00 in the morning and will be able to receive customers according to the distance rule.
Discos and bars will be closed again, live music and concerts will not be held.
Events lasting more than one day will be limited to 24 hours.
The validity period of negative test results will be reduced from 40 hours to 24 hours.
Businesses operating in the service sector will accept customers according to the distance rule.
RUTTE: WANTED AND NECESSARY
Stating that the number of daily cases has risen much faster than anticipated, Rutte said, “Even if we don’t want it, it is necessary.” said.
Rutte expressed that they are worried that other countries will put the Netherlands on the red list.
Health Minister De Jonge stated that if the increase continues in this way, the health sector may have difficulties, especially in big cities.
While Corona virus measures were largely lifted on June 26 in the Netherlands, the use of masks was made compulsory in public transportation and high schools.
In the Netherlands, the opposition believes the government was hasty in relaxing the measures in June.
NEW EVENT NUMBERS STARTED TO INCREASE
According to the figures announced by the State Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM), affiliated to the Dutch Ministry of Health, 6 thousand 986 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
It was stated that this figure is the highest figure seen since May 8, while the number of cases has tripled compared to the previous week.
While the number of daily cases in the country has been below 1000 since mid-June, this number has reached 3 thousand last week and approached 7 thousand today.
In the Netherlands, the mutated and more contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 is thought to account for at least a third of new cases.