Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has admitted that the government made a mistake by relaxing measures to combat the coronavirus too quickly at the end of June.
Rutte made such a statement on Monday, according to Politico.
“What we thought was possible in practice turned out to be a mistake. We made a mistake here, we are sorry for this and we apologize, “ he told reporters.
Rutte, who is now acting head of government, also apologized for a” bad press conference “ on Friday, during which he and Health Minister Hugo de Jong rejected criticism that the government had relaxed restrictions too soon.
The ministers argued that the decision was responsible, given the information they had at the time from experts.
Over the weekend, the Netherlands re-introduced some covid restrictions to counteract the outbreak, which was mainly blamed on the easing of restrictions on nightlife. On Saturday, nightclubs were again forced to close, while pubs and restaurants were allowed to work only with fixed seating and distance rules.
On Saturday, the Netherlands reported the highest number of new cases of coronavirus since December. The daily number of positive tests is about 10,000, compared to about 1,000 just a few weeks ago.