Tomorrow debate on 2G policy in the Netherlands, other countries do

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is debating the possible introduction of the so-called 2G model in the Netherlands, whereby people will only receive a QR code if they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. A negative test of up to 24 hours old is no longer sufficient.

Before the introduction, the law must be changed. Last week, the outgoing cabinet started preparing this, with the idea that this will keep the number of infections low even after the limited lockdown.

The number of infections is also increasing in neighbouring countries, but not everywhere the 2G model is on the table. In this article, an overview of a few other European countries, all opting for different policies, and more information from the correspondent.

โ€œAt the moment, in Belgium, on average, there are more than 10,000 infections per day and hospitals are also becoming fuller. Prime Minister De Croo has therefore decided not to wait until Friday to tighten up the measures. Next Wednesday, the Belgians will be told what the plans are.

We are already talking about oblige working from home until after Christmas and temporarily closing the nightlife again. Perhaps something will be said about a 2G policy.

Advisors have advised the government to implement 2G policies. But there are also experts who think a vaccination requirement would be better to prevent a division in society. Minister of Health Vandenbroucke has also indicated that he wants a vaccination obligation.โ€

โ€œIn Germany, the number of infections is still very high and hospitals are approaching the limits of their capacity. Planable operations are already being shifted and there is again talk about the further tightening of government measures.

In Germany, the 2G rule has been in place at state level since September, the rule was introduced in Austria last week. There has also been a lockdown for unvaccinated people since today.

Previously, they no longer entered the hospitality industry and gyms, but now they are no longer allowed to go to non-essential stores or the library, for example. In addition, the health minister wants to introduce a curfew for everyone (including vaccinated) in the evening, but the Chancellor feels nothing for that yet.โ€

This means the 2G measure:

โ€œThe parties that are likely to form Germanys new government soon also want to introduce stricter rules nationwide. For example, there are discussions about a vaccination obligation for some professions and whether people should show a QR code before they are allowed to enter their work.

The possibility of further contact restrictions, such as a lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated and limited access to public transport will also be kept open.โ€

โ€œWhile we see rising infections and new restrictions in Europe, it seems to be going the other way in the English. No restrictions, no mandatory face masks, no QR code and yet the number of infections is falling.

The United Kingdom was hit hard during the corona pandemic; the number of infections and deaths was among the highest in Europe. According to scientists, more than 90 percent of English people have antibodies against covid-19, in addition, the so-called booster jab is being rolled out considerably. More than 20 percent of the population has now had a third jab and over 40 s can expect an invitation as of today.

The government is doing exactly what was promised this summer: โ€œlearn to live with the virus.โ€ The number of covid hospitalizations and deaths is mainly looked at: currently a downtrend. Although there is a record waiting list for the National Health Service, the governments conclusion for the time being seems to be that hospitals can handle the winter without new corona restrictions.โ€

โ€œIn France, too, the number of corona infections is increasing, but for the time being, the face mask requirement for primary school children is the only extra measure that the government has taken. Options such as a 2G policy are not on the table. โ€œWe also dont want a lockdown for non-vaccinated people, as Austria is doing now,โ€ said group chairman Castaner of LREM government party this morning.

A new general lockdown is also taboo. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said last weekend that no measure will be excluded, but that he does not want to worry people unnecessarily. There will be absolutely no lockdown, he says. The reason for this is that the current corona figures in absolute numbers do not yet lead to great anxiety, the number of new infections is still small, as is the number of hospitalizations.

But the increase in the number of infections since October is worrying the authorities. The daily number of people tested positively increased by 28 percent in a week. The numberhospital admissions by 15 percent. The epidemiologist Yves Buission expects that trend continues and that the fifth wave will also hit France.

The hope is that the high vaccination rate and the use of the QR code are enough to mitigate the effects.โ€