The Netherlands coronavirus transmission rate slows

Empty streets in the center of Rotterdam, The Netherland 2020, during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. The Dutch government called people to follow the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and to remain as much as possible inside. EPA-EFE/PIETER STAM DE JONG

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The head of the Netherlands’ National Institute of Health (RIVM) said on Wednesday that based on its best estimates, growth in coronavirus transmissions had significantly slowed.

In testimony before a parliamentary commission, Jaap van Dissel said the institute’s best estimate was that currently one infected person was infecting around one other person.

That means “the exponential growth of the outbreak has in all probability been brought to a halt,” Van Dissel said.

Nevertheless, Van Dissel warned that mass visits to the beach or failing to keep a distance from others would be seen in the rise in the number of official cases.

The number of new confirmed cases in the Netherlands grew by 17% on Tuesday from a day earlier to 5,560, according to RIVM data. Those figures likely reflect infections from early March, before the government banned public gatherings and closed schools.

 

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