The second move towards the lighter pandemic measures is planning to become public on May 18, since the daily cases of hospitalizations have decreased quite a bit after two weeks. The public announcement will be made on Monday during the Cabinet’s meeting.
The number of infections has decreased a lot since April 23, with around 5,518 infections. Although, this could correlate to the low number of testing or the May holidays.
The Cabinet of the Netherlands has decided beforehand that they want to continue with the second move of the lockdown ease restrictions on May 19. However, this would happen if the average number of virus cases would decrease around 20% than what is estimated to be.
According to the Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge, the second step of easing restrictions mean that sports halls will be open, along with the gyms, swimming pools and outdoor activities. The outdoor cafes can now work from 6 a.m up until 8 p.m, instead of their old working hours which was from noon until 6 p.m.
After the announcement of the second steps, other workers which are allowed to continue with their businesses include sex workers, outdoor theaters, amusement parks and zoos.
As stated by the patient coordination center LCPS, so far, the Dutch hospitals have been treating around 686 people. Additionally, on Sunday, the infections dropped for the first time since April 1st, marking the lowest point for the last 7 weeks.
Apart from this, Sunday also marked the 11th day in a row since the number of people in intensive care had dropped. According to the ICUs, since Sunday, there was a reduced numbers of patients – around 24, whereas 1,467 other patients were hospitalized. Altogether, 2,153 patients were being treated in the Netherlands’ hospitals, which was the lowest point of patients since the end of of March.