Cabinet kicks brakes for fear of mass dropout in crucial occupations

The cabinet opts for limited relaxation to prevent too many employees from falling out due to illness in the crucial sectors such as the care, the fire brigade and education. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Kuipers said tonight he feared a โ€œdisruptionโ€ of society and โ€œuncontrollable situationsโ€ due to the rapidly increasing infection rates.

So far, the measures were mainly motivated by the fear that there were too few hospital beds for an increasing number of corona patients.

โ€œSo many people can fall out that this causes a disruption in relevant parts of society,โ€ warned Kuipers, the new Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport. โ€œImportant facilities are also under pressure with us.โ€

At the coronapers conference, Kuipers and Rutte tried to explain why the lockdown set on 18 December is not coming to an end in the Netherlands. For the first time, graphs of developments in the infection rates were shown.


Starting tomorrow, more is allowed: shops, sports clubs, music schools and higher education will reopen. But despite great pressure from society and mayors, the hospitality industry and the cultural sector must remain closed for at least ten days. โ€œIts too risky. It leads to uncontrollable situations,โ€ is Prime Minister Ruttes firm conviction.

The message from Rutte and Kuipers is clear: with the current easing, an enormous risk is already taken. Now there are more than 35,000 new corona cases every day, which can increase to 80,000 infections per day due to the adjusted policy.

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Rutte and Kuipers sketted a scenario that there is no more staff in hospitals or schools because of illness. โ€œWhat do you do if the Netherlands falls out?โ€ , Kuipers wondered, without answering the question.

The call to open up more sectors in the Netherlands sounds increasingly louder. In surrounding countries such as Belgium and Germany, the rules are less strict than in the Netherlands. Rutte and Kuipers say they understand the criticism. โ€œNot everything can open at the same time,โ€ said the Prime Minister. โ€œI understand very well that it feels completely unfair.โ€