Containment measures in the Netherlands
Figure 1 shows the development of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands, together with the University of Oxford’s Stringency Index. The Stringency Index is a measure of the strictness of various containment measures, comprised in a number ranging from 1 to 100. In mid-March the Dutch government first introduced containment measures to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These involved − among other things − closing schools, cancelling public events and encouraging social distancing. Given an incubation period of 2 to 14 days, if these measures were successful in combating the virus, around the end of March the growth of the number of confirmed cases should have declined.
Figure 1 - COVID-19-related confirmed cases and containment measures in the Netherlands