The situation in the North has improved due to the measures imposed so far
By Adriana Dancu
Even though in October the North represented a region of concern regarding positive Coronavirus cases, their number stagnated due to the semi-lockdown imposed so far. However, the case numbers remain at a constant level, according to the Dutch government’s Coronavirus Dashboard.
The North does better than the rest of the Netherlands
Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe are still characterised as ‘serious’ regions regarding the number of positive Coronavirus cases, however, they do far better in terms of level of risk, and distribution of confirmed cases compared to Central and Southern regions.
Confirmed Coronavirus cases in Drenthe, however, have increased since November 15.
The hot spots in terms of level of risk, according to the Dutch government’s Coronavirus Dashboard, are all the central and southern regions, except from Zeeland, and Limburg-Zuid, which are considered ‘serious’ regions. Moreover, the distribution of confirmed cases in Central and Southern regions of the Netherlands is considerably higher than in the North. This means that national restrictions are likely to remain in place
Tonight at 19:00 Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge will hold a press conference regarding the Coronavirus situation. It is expected that they will announce the measures imposed two weeks ago will not be extended, which means that theatres, libraries, cinemas could open again.
Three guests are to be allowed at home, instead of two as it is now, and people can meet with four people outside, instead of two. It is still advised not to travel until mid-January, and people should work from home as much as possible.
The press conference will not address the Christmas period and what measures will be imposed then. More information about this is expected to be released around mid-December.