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Over 75% of travelers do not quarantine when they return from high-risk country

Over 75%, which means only 155 of 728 travelers are following the quarantine rules on their return from a high-risk country to the Netherlands, health minister Hugo de Jonge told MPs on Tuesday. 

RIVM, public health institute, has questioned 47,000 travelers that got back to the Netherland. The survey’s main point was to find out how well the rules of coronavirus are obeyed. 

People who have visited a high-risk country are supposed to stay in quarantine for 10 days when they return, or just 5 days if they have a negative coronavirus test result, yet this rule is not enforceable by law. 

When asked why they are not complying with the quarantine, people’s answers were like “I was just walking the dog”, “getting fresh air”, “had to work”, and the most common answer was “I needed to go shopping.” 

On May 18 will be a meeting with senators to vote on legislation that will make the quarantine compulsory if people return from a high-risk country. However, countries like New Zeeland, Singapore, and Australia are not on this Dutch list. 

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