30 April 2020 – Extended priority testing

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Type of Intervention: Testing and tracing
Sectors Involved:
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Dutch Government has announced priority testing for primary educators, childcare providers, youth trainers and informal caregivers.

From 6 May 2020, those working in primary schools, out-of-school care, childcare or youth care can be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 24 hours (e.g. cough, runny nose, cold, or fever).

Caregivers for vulnerable people can also be tested from 18 May 2020 if they have symptoms.

Previously priority testing was given to healthcare workers, police and enforcement staff, as well as people who have a higher risk of COVID-19. The

Netherlands currently conducts 6,000 to 7,000 tests per day, and has the capacity to undertake 17,500 tests per day. The Government is also preparing for further expansion of the testing policy.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/04/30/testbeleid-uitgebreid-voor-nieuwe-doelgroepen