According to the minister, this will continue “until the contamination has been reduced”. At present, residents of nursing homes are tested as soon as they have complaints, but this is not always easy to determine, for example in people with severe dementia.
The cabinet is also considering preventive testing of employees and residents if the number of infections in the immediate vicinity of the institution increases. However, it must first be investigated when preventive testing is required and whether there is sufficient capacity.
The news that discotheques and clubs should keep their doors closed for the time being did not really come as a surprise from Prime Minister Mark Rutte. This decision was leaked on Monday. Rutte defended that measure a day later. “The risk of new outbreaks is simply too great,” said the prime minister.
Rutte calls the developments “not alarming” at the moment, but “exciting” now that the holidays are over and schools and sports clubs have started again. The number of infections is still higher than in July, but has not increased any further last week. The number of patients in hospitals is ‘stable at a level that the care can handle’.