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by Oui on Wed Jul 29th, 2020 at 11:09:56 AM EST
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Dutch government will not advise public to wear masks - minister
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government on Wednesday said it will not advise the public to wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus, asserting that their effectiveness has not been proven.

The decision was announced by Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark after a review by the country's National Institute for Health (RIVM). The government will instead seek better adherence to social distancing rules after a surge in coronavirus cases in the country this week, Van Ark said at a press conference in The Hague.

"Because from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks" Van Ark said.

The decision bucks the trend as many European countries have made masks mandatory in stores or crowded outdoor areas.

by Bernard on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 06:03:18 PM EST
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The Dutch pandemic response is a masterclass in framing, misleading and even gaslighting. Satire, but alas, all true.

Spring time for master classes!

Jeff Bezos Just Published a 4,000-Word Statement to Congress. It's a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence

by das monde on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 06:04:14 PM EST
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From the article ...

Rutte received universal adulation in the polls and newspapers. A true statesman has risen! The next day, some people calculated on the back of an envelope that controlled spread would result in some 50,000 to 100,000 deaths. Within a day, RIVM (Dutch CDC) reframed Herd Immunity as a "consequence", not a goal. All protest faded away. Hallelujah!

Didn't catch me napping ... 😉😴

BoJo Explains Rising Death Toll and Herd Immunity

Dutch PM Mark Rutte parrots the Pentagon, Trump and now Boris Johnson on the scientific advice to control the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Excerpt of Prime Minister Rutte's National Address in English | NL Times - March 16, 2020 |

From the diaries ... see main entry.

by Oui on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 07:29:05 PM EST
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