The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) has advised the cabinet to relax the quarantine rules in education. This allows the continuity of education to be promoted and no longer need to send entire classes home. Minister Kuipers of Health sent the advice to the House of Representatives.
Children under 13 no longer have to quarantine from the OMT after contact with an infected person if they have no complaints. Also, no more whole classes have to go home if there are three or more infections, the experts say.
Secondary school and higher education students also no longer have to quarantine from the OMT after contact with an infected person if they have no complaints. With a daily negative self-test, they can continue to take classes or lectures. The recommendations for relaxation also apply to sports teams. With a positive test and complaints, in all cases, one must be quarantined.
In the event of major outbreaks at a school, the GGD can still decide on stricter quarantine rules.
It is still unclear whether the cabinet is taking over the OMTs advice on the quarantine. Tomorrow, the cabinet will definitely decide what it does with the OMT advice. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Kuipers give a press conference at 7 pm.
The OMT further notes that foreign studies indicate a 40 to 60 percent lower chance of hospitalization. The number of people who need ICU care is also decreasing and the length of lying in nursing wards is also reduced. Furthermore, 90 percent of the over-60s who are eligible for a booster are boosted and 73 percent of the over 18s. The protection against hospitalization runs to 97 percent for those who have had a booster.
According to the OMT, the scenarios show that we are now “almost at a lowest point of hospital and IC recordings” and is a “favorable starting position”.
However, it is good to realize, according to the OMT, that the proposed quarantine supplations will certainly lead to an increase in the number of infections among children and students. And that can lead to more children with hospitalizations due to MIS-C, a rare inflammatory disease. It can also result in more cases of prolonged covid among children and young people.
In addition, the easing certainly lead to more transmission to adults. “That is taken into account and with the weighty argument of continuity of education, the OMT has come to the above advice.”