Social distancing measures have meant that the average sick person only infects one other
Finally some positive news to report about the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic in The Netherlands: the spread of the virus is seeming to slow. This was reported on Wednesday morning by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Jaap van Dissel, Director of the RIVM, sees “a positive trend” where an infected person no longer infects two to three other people, but transfers the COVID-19 virus to only around one person. Van Dissel reported this on Wednesday during a meeting in the House of Representatives, reports NU.nl.
The growth of the infection appears to be leveling off, said director Van Dissel, who emphasised that these are just estimates. The RIVM boss also said that the number of hospital admissions is leveling off. The numbers are positive, but the count is not yet complete.
It therefore seems that the measures taken by the Dutch government are beginning to show a more positive picture.
To combat and control the further spread of the virus, it is important that all Dutch residents adhere to the stricter guidelines announced on Monday.
The cabinet announced on Monday that the rules have been tightened. Major events have been canceled until June 1 and meetings of three people who do not keep a meter and a half away will be fined.
It is also requested that from now on the whole family stay at home if someone in a household has flu complaints. Van Dissel calls this a ‘targeted lockdown’.