Do lockdown measures at schools and day care have effect?

Primary schools in the Netherlands were not allowed to open their doors for a pretty long period of time. Children have to make the most of distance learning during the first weeks of 2021. Daycare centers and after school care will also remain closed, the Ministries of Education and Social Affairs announced.

Question is: Do all these measures have any effect?

Please study carefully the graphs below and answer the questions.

1.2 What is described on the x-axis and the y-axis of graph 1? What does graph 1 mean, what is being described?

1.3 What is described on the x-axis and the y-axis of graph 2? What does graph 2 mean, what is being described?

Look at graph 1 and answer the following questions:

Graph 1 | 2.1 What was the highest percentage share of total positive tests at schools and daycare? Please make an estimation based on the graph’s axis scale.

Graph 1 | 2.2 What was the lowest percentage share of total positive tests at schools and daycare after the lockdown?

Graph 1 | 2.3 Estimate the latest percentage share of total positive tests at schools and daycare. Explain your estimation by using factsBeing able to know whether something is fact or opinion, is very important when reading news or watching an advert for example. • A fact is something that can be proved to be correct. • A… and arguments.

According to the CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics) the total number of positive tests on 16 december (start of lockdown) was 11,169 and on 26 January was 3,917.

2.4 Calculate the number of positive tests at schools and daycare for 16 December. Use your estimation of question 2.1 for the calculation.

2.5 Calculate the number of positive tests at schools and daycare for 26 January. Use your estimation of question 2.3 for the calculation.

Look at graph 2 and answer the following questions:

Graph 2 | 2.5 Estimate the percentage share of total positive tests at 0-4 year old children.

Graph 2 | 2.6 Estimate the percentage share of total positive tests at 5-9 year old children.

Graph 2 | 2.7 Estimate the percentage share of total positive tests at 10-14 year old children.

According the CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics) the total number of positive tests on 26 of january was 3,917.

2.6 Calculate the number of positive tests at 0-4 year old children for that day. Use your estimation of question 2.5 for the calculation.

2.7 Calculate the number of positive tests at 5-9 year old children for that day. Use your estimation of question 2.6 for the calculation.

2.8 Calculate the number of positive tests at 10-14 year old children for that day. Use your estimation of question 2.7 for the calculation.

2.9 Now, what is your conclusion on graph 1?

2.10 Finally, what is your conclusion on graph 2?

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