Is the second wave really due to young people who went on holiday in Spain? – Wel.nl

It sounded very easy right from the start: blaming the second wave on young people on holiday in Spain. There is therefore quite a bit of nuance, writes de Volkskrant.

‘It was mainly the young people who have been on holiday in the south of France and Spain who brought the virus with them and spread it further through parties and student houses’, expressed the NOS the statements by Jaap van Dissel in the Lower House last week.

Fortunately, the Netherlands (including Van Dissel) thought: it is not because we do not keep our distance or wear mouth masks. It is the young people and those wild Southern Europeans. Johannes Keuning from travel platform 27vakantiedagen.nl responds in the newspaper: “In my opinion, there is no evidence at all that foreign holidays are the main culprit. Just to name one thing: young people do not go to the South of France to party at all. ” Another point: German youngsters are just as likely to go on holiday in the south, but they didn’t bring the virus with them.

Genetic fingerprint
Van Dissel’s theorem is based on the virus strains that are currently circulating in the Netherlands and which have a genetic fingerprint that virologists know from Switzerland and Spain. But there is also a variant from Belgium. “That’s why I keep a close eye on things,” emphasizes virologist Marion Koopmans. “Belgium is very close. Who knows, we may just be dealing with a virus that was already circulating at a low frequency in the south of the Netherlands, without us having noticed it. ”

Source and contact research
The GGD also concluded that of the 70,000 infected people reported since 6 July, almost 10 percent have been abroad. But: “The question that the GGDs ask is: have you been abroad in the past two weeks?” explains RIVM researcher Susan van den Hof. “So there will also be people who have been back for a few weeks and have contracted the virus here.”

According to the source and contact research, only one and a half percent of the infections can be traced to travel and holidays. This also includes 10 percent holidays in their own country and a number of infections from Germany. “The image that is now being created is: you see, beyond our border it is a kind of Sodom and Gomorra where things are not right,” says Keuning. “You have to be careful not to overinterpret this”, Koopmans also admits. “Even more in-depth analyzes are needed.”

Bron (nen): De Volkskrant

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