A press conference about the outbreak of COVID-19 was held in the Netherlands today with Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Bruins of the ministry of health and Jaap van Dissel, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Control (RIVM).

The new measures:

  • The Dutch government notes that all events will be cancelled if attendees are more than 100 until the 31st of March.
  • Stay at home if you have a cough, cold or fever.
  • Work from home as much as possible
  • Universities have to stop large lectures, but schools will not close, as the government notes that there are not many risks involved in these areas and the social consequences would be too many, e.g.: children will need to be supervised by parents, who are needed for the workforce, especially those in necessary positions (i.e. police and nurses).