Dutch Government: Masks Haven’t Been Proven Effective

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AMSTERDAM—The Dutch government on Wednesday stated it won't advise the public to put on masks to sluggish the unfold of coronavirus, asserting that their effectiveness has not been proven.

The choice was introduced by Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark after a evaluation by the country’s Nationwide Institute for Health (RIVM). The federal government will as an alternative seek better adherence to social distancing rules after a surge in coronavirus instances within the country this week, Van Ark stated at a press conference in The Hague.

“As a result of from a medical perspective there isn't a confirmed effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there shall be no national obligation for sporting non-medical masks,” Van Ark stated.

The choice bucks the development as many European nations have made masks obligatory in shops or crowded outside areas.

Day trippers and vacationers stroll in Amsterdam on July 25, 2020. (Olaf Kraak/ ANP / AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel stated that the organization was conscious of studies that show masks help sluggish the unfold of illness nevertheless it was not convinced they may assist in the course of the current coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands.

He argued sporting masks incorrectly, along with worse adherence to social distancing rules, might improve the danger of transmitting the disease.

“So we expect that should you’re going to use masks (in a public setting) … then you will need to give good training for it,” he stated.

Maskד are at present required solely on public transportation in the Netherlands and in airports.

The choice followed a gathering of well being and government officers after new coronavirus instances in the country rose to 1,329 up to now week, a rise of more than a third.

Dutch instances have risen steadily since July 1, when the government introduced an easing of lockdown measures to incorporate restaurants and public gatherings if individuals keep a 1.5 meter (five foot) bodily distance.

By Bart Meijer and Toby Sterling