16 March 2020 – Adopted a strategy to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans; Listening to scientists or health/other experts
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Dutch Government has adopted a strategy of mitigating the impact of COVID-19, rather than allowing it to spread unchecked, or attempt total containment.

This policy was recommended to the government by the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) who are responsible for coordinating outbreaks of infectious diseases in the Netherlands.

An emergency response team of experts has been established to monitor the outbreak and provide ongoing recommendations to the Government on what to do, including whether current measures can be lifted or increased.
Full details here: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/what-are-we-doing-in-the-netherlands-in-response-to-the-coronavirus#advising