The number of hospitalizations and severe cases in the Netherlands continues to fall, and the cabinet yesterday announced preliminary plans to ease measures


The Netherlands today reported 80,723 new cases of the virus and 19 deaths.The total number of new coronavirus patients in hospitals rose slightly to 1,540, but those in intensive care fell further to 189.Last night, for the first time, the Dutch cabinet announced preliminary plans to relax its pandemic measures before a press conference or even before a meeting of the OMT crisis management team to make its recommendations.It is clear that the cabinet is planning more relaxation, the catering industry can stay open for longer hours and the advice to work from home will disappear.Under the cabinet’s proposals, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and disco clubs will be allowed to stay open until 1am.While health passes will continue to apply there, the 1.5-metre distance requirement will be removed and there will no longer be a mandatory sitting requirement.However, the number is limited to 500.From February 25, making large events possible again based on the 1G measure means all visitors will have to test negative.The 1.5-metre distance rule will be abandoned on February 25, a good time for the south of the country as carnival is celebrated at the weekend.However, consultations are still ongoing between the Dutch cabinet, the outbreak management group OMT and the mayors responsible for law enforcement, and generally some details of the measures can be adjusted.The reason the cabinet is announcing this intention now is because of the pandemic act.The pandemic law states that the cabinet must give the second chamber a week to react to the measures, so that the cabinet does not have to wait until next week to announce what measures to relax and gives MPS enough time to think.A final decision will be made next Tuesday on what easing measures will take place from next Friday.If continue, then adopted the policy of 1 g the health minister, cooper said this morning, if continued, carnival policy shall be applicable to the cabinet as 1 g of major events, this means that all the carnival celebration, even if they have to strengthen injection, or recover from COVID – 19 recently, must be able to show the recent negative test certificate.Asked why the carnival was seen as a “big event” rather than a dining event, Cooper said: “I think everyone remembers how the outbreak started here and then what it meant to patients all over the country.So, I thought, is this a big deal?Are you at risk for infection?The answer is Ja.”Incidentally, Cooper points out that no decision has been made about the carnival.A final decision on the easing announced yesterday will be made early next week.Justice Minister Yesir Goz is currently discussing the possibility of holding the carnival with the municipalities concerned.People infected with novel Coronavirus may need to spend less time self-isolating, Health Minister Cooper said on the talk show Beau.Now that period is still at least a week, but because of the nature of the Omicron variant, people get sick for less time, because the isolation time is also likely to be shorter.However, the minister said it depends on RIVM’s assessment.Right now, when someone is allowed to come out of self-isolation after being positive depends on how long someone has been asymptomatic.Only after 24 hours without symptoms can they go out again.However, the first symptoms must have appeared more than a week ago.Cooper worries that the large number of people who have to stay indoors because of coronavirus will create chaos in society.With many people sick at home, sectors such as health care and public transportation are already understaffed.According to current RIVM data, on average about 120,000 people are infected every day.”The peak of the fifth infection is clearly behind us and preparations are under way for a new relaxation of measures,” Steven Van Gucht, a virologist at the Belgian Institute of Health, told a weekly news conference in Brussels.The prime minister is expected to announce later Friday, after a meeting of the government’s consultative committee, that the country’s red code will change to a less prominent orange code from February 18.That means Belgian nightclubs can reopen to allow more public participation, as well as lifting mandatory closure time limits and masks in the restaurant industry.In a few weeks, almost all the pandemic measures will be lifted.

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