Infections no longer leading: this is the new corona approach of autumn

The number of infections is no longer leading for the corona measures from September 25. Because a large part of the people in the Netherlands have been vaccinated, the corona virus can be dealt with differently, writes caretaker minister De Jonge in the newspaper. most recent letter to parliament. “Fewer and fewer measures are needed. At the same time, the healthcare chain is still under pressure.” This means that there will be a different approach for the autumn: the indicators for the corona measures will be hospital and IC admissions, instead of the number of infections.

Bee the approach two things are central: vaccinate as many people as possible spread over society, and spread the infection of people who are not immune sufficiently so that the pressure on healthcare does not become too high.

From the autumn there will be three scenarios: an ‘endemic situation’ (virus manageable, no/little pressure on care), ‘revival’ and ‘breakthrough immunity’ (built-up immunity no longer offers enough protection). Three levels (vigilant, worrisome or serious) have been devised for the ‘upturns’ scenario, which the government believes to be the most likely. These are leading for the measures.

What level we are at has to do with the seven-day average of IC admissions and hospital admissions. In combination with a number of other factors, such as the number of vaccinated persons and available space in the IC.

Below you can see that with, for example, 40 to 100 hospital admissions we are at a level of concern:

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