With the Covid-19 vaccination increasing and the summer starting, the infection cases have been decreasing a lot during the last weeks in the Netherlands.
Both the head of RIVM modeler Jacco Wallinga and the head of Infectious Disease Control at the RIVM stated that they are hopeful that the Netherlands will continue its advancement against the virus.
According to them, the reason behind the decrease of infection cases is because the number of people who are being vaccinated is increasing a lot. “Based on what we could expect if we assume that we would not vaccinate, you can say that almost all progress is due to vaccination”, said Wallinga.
“The fact that so many people are now being vaccinated so quickly is causing the number of people susceptible to the coronavirus to rapidly decline, much faster than natural infections ever would have”, further stated the RIVM modeler.
Additionally, Van Dissel was shown to be optimistic about the vaccines and its effects, “We have shown that the vaccine protects the oldest people very reasonably against illness, but especially against hospitalization and death.”
The clear reason behind the decrease of infection cases is not exactly know, however, according to Wallinga, they believe that the seasonal changes might’ve had something to do with this. ”We don’t know whether the rising temperatures are the cause of changes in the reproduction number. It could also be that people go outside more in the summer and that the virus can therefore spread less easily.”
However, despite all this, the RIVM head figures advised everyone to be cautious about the new coronavirus varian, the delta coronavirus. A quarantine for travelers from the UK will be imposed starting from Tuesday because of the spread of the delta.
“What is happening in England is worrying but it is difficult to translate the situation directly to the Netherlands. We cannot say that it is a very big problem for us”, Wallinga stated. “We have to be realistic; we are heading in the right direction but the race is not over.”