Regions assessed weekly for corona situation

Everyone will soon be able to see more clearly how things are going in their own region with the corona outbreak. There will be a system whereby all regions will be assessed on a weekly basis. There will be three levels: vigilant, worrying and serious. On that basis, regional measures will be taken.

This so-called ‘escalation ladder’ is one of the lessons learned by the Cabinet following the advice of one hundred experts who, on request, have looked at the coronavirus approach to date.

From now on, the government wants to take targeted measures to combat corona. The coarse, generally applicable measures taken at the start of the outbreak were necessary, but have caused undesirable economic and social damage, writes the cabinet.

One hundred experts

These experts were involved in the process at the request of the House of Representatives. It adopted a motion from the SP and the PvdA for independent advice. In this way, lessons could be learned for the further handling of the virus.

“We now know better where the virus is and what the source of the infection is”, writes Minister De Jonge also on behalf of his colleagues Van Ark (Medical Care) and Grapperhaus (Justice). This makes it possible to take more specific measures, at local and regional level.

More tests

“It is essential that we detect the virus locally and take local measures to contain it,” writes De Jonge. That will lead to differences in the rules between different regions. The government wants to better explain why these differences exist.

Another lesson the Cabinet says it has learned is that outbreaks must be detected at an even earlier stage. This provides a better insight. De Jonge: “We want to lower the thresholds for testing by testing in more places and by organizing it closer to people, especially for people who are less mobile

Young people are approached via TikTok

Understandable communication is essential, the Cabinet realises, also in order to jointly maintain the restriction in the coming period. Young people will be approached via social media such as TikTok. It will also be better indicated which regular care can be given safely, so that people do not avoid treatment out of fear.

During the first phase of the coronavirus outbreak, various population studies, for example into breast cancer, were halted because staff were needed elsewhere. In a second wave this will not happen again, writes the Cabinet.