Gommers: cabinet opts for most risky scenario

The IC doctor is also a member of the Outbreak Management Team, which the cabinet had proposed three levels of relaxation. According to Gommers, nothing would change in the first scenario. In the second, there would be limited relaxation, with the use of the corona admission ticket. “But in that scenario, for example, festivals would not yet be allowed.” In the third scenario, there would be more relaxation in more sectors, also with the use of the admission ticket. The cabinet announced the latter on Tuesday evening.

“In the second scenario you also relax, for example you also let go of the 1.5 meter rule,” says Gommers. “But you open fewer sectors at the same time, so you can better see if things are going well before you continue.” He thinks it is strange that outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte “emphasizes how important he thinks it is that we can provide care for everyone, while he is now taking more risks.”

Healthcare can become overloaded again if too many people end up in hospital at the same time, the ministers also stated on Tuesday evening. Gommers believes that the cabinet should have made clearer agreements about this with healthcare workers. “If things unexpectedly go wrong in hospitals, healthcare will have to deliver again. While the rack is actually already out. Then do something against that as a cabinet. For example, agree that there will be a surcharge if there is a need to scale up again. Healthcare workers are now under extra stress, because people have to start partying again.”

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