The measures taken a few weeks ago do not seem to work – today we had 6,854 reported cases. Of course, some of the cases are not recent. But most are, and the hospital numbers (ICU and non-ICU) are rising.
Tomorrow evening there will be another press conference with the prime minister and the health minister. There will definitely more measures added to the pile, but how strict they are remains to be seen. Some potential measures have already leaked, including possibly stopping amateur sports for adults and limiting group sizes even further, but until they are confirmed tomorrow evening it is anyone’s guess. So for now, we wait.
(For those of us who read Dutch, you can check out this opinion piece which pretends to be a possible speech Rutte might give tomorrow. It is most certainly not real, but for those of us who wonder when the heck the Dutch government will pass strict measures, it is an interesting “dark humor” read. See also this nrc.nl link. Again – it is not real, folks.)
If you do decide to stay inside until 2021, check out this fun game to play at home:
In other news:
- Amsterdam to hold fireworks show on Museumplein at New Year (dutchnews.nl). I am not sure public would be invited, but it will also be shown on TV.
- 300 packets of washed up cocaine send ‘fortune hunters’ to Dutch beach (nltimes.nl). And of course the police arrested a handful. Including one person who drove a few hundred kilometers for “fresh air” (their words). When police searched the person’s vehicle they found a different cocaine stash.
- Joining the circle: Utrecht removes road to be ringed by water once more (dutchnews.nl). This one is actually from early September but I forgot to post it then. It’s kind of impressive – first it was a canal, then a road, and now after a few decades they turn it back into a canal again.