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Van Dissel expects an increase in corona infections due to relaxation and autumn, but much is uncertain Politics

LIVE VIDEOThe planned relaxations at the end of September, in combination with the autumn season, will probably lead to a (slight) revival of the corona virus in the Netherlands. The height of the new ‘wave’ is by no means fixed and depends on many factors.


Niels Klaassen


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That is what RIVM director Jaap van Dissel said this evening during a round of questions with members of parliament. The cabinet wants to delete the 1.5 meter rule on September 25 and introduce a corona pass for culture, catering and major sporting events. ,,We expect a decrease at first, but with winter on the way we are modeling an increase. The question is how high it will be. You could end up with considerable numbers of IC and hospital admissions again,” said the RIVM director.

But uncertainty margins are large. The precise seasonal effect is difficult to model, and the effects of relaxation are also not easy to predict.

The number of infections and hospital admissions is falling very slightly. The number of infections rose slightly among the youngest children (0-9), but a decrease was observed among the twenty-somethings. “The picture has now been stable for weeks,” said Van Dissel.

Vaccines

He reiterated that the vaccines are extremely effective against hospital and ICU admissions, 95 and 97 percent respectively. “That’s just very high. We measure that effectiveness every two weeks, and we will continue to monitor that.”
Any decrease in antibodies is then monitored in time. This could play a role in the discussion about a possible third round of vaccinations, but the Health Council does not see a need for this for the time being.

Jaap van Dissel updates the House of Representatives during a technical briefing. © ANP

Van Dissel expects an increase in corona infections due to relaxation and autumn, but much is uncertain Politics
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