Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands said at a weekly news conference after the cabinet meeting, that it is still difficult to judge whether the partial blockade that was announced on October 13, will affect the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Rutte also said that the number of positive tests reported to the public health institute RIVM exceeded 10,000 cases in 24 hours for the first time ever Friday morning, which does not bode well. He mentioned as well that there has been a marked increase in the number of cases across Europe. However, some of the blocking measures taken, including shutting bars and cafés actually started eight days ago.
Nevertheless, the minister confirmed that it is still hard to see if there are any effects and that they should wait more days to see if those measurements actually worked to limit the rise of the new cases, or if they should apply new ones, depending on what is going to happen in the near future.
The authorities will reassess the situation next week, and all situations are under discussion. Speaking of the possible curfew, Mark Rutte said that they do not rule out anything without a good reason. He also mentioned that the closure of schools will have a huge impact on society and is not among the new possible resources yet, closing nursing homes neither.