In the press conference of outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing corona minister Hugo de Jonge, new corona measures were announced yesterday. For example, discotheques and nightclubs have to close again between 00:00 and 06:00.
Young people have a bad taste from that. Ama Boahene, president of the National Student Union, is also outraged: “Everyone has followed the rules, dancing and going out was allowed again, and now it seems to be the fault of the young people that freedoms have to be reversed and things are getting worse.”
Dancing with Janssen
Young people had to wait a long time before they could go out with friends again. “So if De Jonge then says ‘you can dance with Janssen and with Testing for Access’, then it is right that you are going to do that,” Boahene expresses the sentiment among young people.
Because corona fires arose after catering visits, that sector must again close its doors at midnight from today until mid-August. “Young people have complied with the rules, but apparently the rules were not suitable, as the government now concludes. You cannot blame young people.”
Leaky as a basket
The big question remains where it went wrong with the access testing system for clubs and events, which turned out to be as leaky as a basket. Think of the 21-year-old Amsterdammer who – as it turned out afterwards – had wrongly received a negative result. He’d been ‘cuddling with everyone’ that night.
Because a lot went wrong, and that had various causes, Bert Niesters, professor of medical microbiology, told RTL Nieuws earlier. For example, the corona check at the door was sometimes poorly carried out after the lockdown, and people who did not have a valid QR code themselves.
But there was also a lot going on with the tests. Testing for Access was performed with antigen tests, which are a lot less reliable than the PCR tests in the GGD streets.
And then there is the validity of those tests: a rapid antigen test is valid for 24 hours. Niesters: “In practice it now appears that this is regularly extended to 40 hours.” According to the professor, you were allowed to take an entrance test two days in advance at many events. And actually everyone who did that should have stayed at home, without partying and visiting family.