Dutch could face autumn lockdown as government unprepared

Another lockdown may be in order in autumn as the government has not managed to solve the country’s healthcare shortage staff issue, which was already problematic during the pandemic. [Shutterstock/Pavlo Glazkov]

The Dutch may have to lockdown again in autumn as the government has not prepared an effective strategy in case another COVID-19 wave hits the country, Dutch media NOS reports.

Another lockdown may be in order in autumn as the government has not managed to solve the country’s healthcare shortage staff issue, which was already problematic during the pandemic.

“Everyone seems to have fallen asleep. It’s a bit of burying one’s head in the sand,” said David Jongen, Director of the Zuyderland hospital and Vice-Chairman of the Association of Hospitals David Jongen told NOS.

“We now have to do the job again with fewer colleagues than at the start of the pandemic. And I am really worried about that because I don’t know whether this will work. That you will lose even more colleagues in the next wave,” Joke Dieperink, board member of the professional association V&VN-IC and IC nurse, told NOS.

Despite the concern of medical professionals, the Dutch government announced it would lift the mask mandate in Dutch airports from 21 May). There has also been no update on whether the previous COVID-19 regulations will be reinstated.

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