The OMT advice on the corona measures to be taken on Thursday came as a surprise to virologist Bert Niesters. The Outbreak Management Team has advised the cabinet to keep the catering industry and non-essential shops closed between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., among other things. According to the expert club, education should remain open.
The question is whether closing certain sectors earlier is worth keeping education open. The virus is currently spreading rapidly, especially among children of primary school age. They then pass it on to their parents.
“If everything closes at 5 p.m., people will just go shopping during the day,” says Niesters. “Or they go to Ikea at 5 a.m..” According to Niesters, the only short-term solution would be a complete shutdown of all sectors. “That is very harmful to the economy, especially because a lot of turnover is made in December. Well, then the government should not have let it get to this point.”
According to Niesters, virologists have been calling for measures for weeks. “The cabinet is really too late now. Even if we shut everything down now, it will still take a while before the infection rates go down.” With all the consequences for healthcare, according to the virologist. “I’m really worried.”
OMT advice comes as a surprise to virologist Niesters
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