LIVE Almost 130,000 caregivers and more than 45,000 teachers infected

Even now that vaccination has begun, coronavirus is still causing dislocation worldwide. The mutants are worried. The British variant is advanging and also the Brazilian and South African variants are approaching. At the same time, economy and society are sighing under suffocating measures. Follow the latest coronan news in this live blog.

The coronavirus has been diagnosed in 129,150 people working in health care and 45,875 employees of schools and nurseries in the past year. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) does not know where they were contaminated, which could have happened outside work.

Compared to last week, the number of coronavirus cases in the two occupations increased by 3411 and 859 respectively. RIVM keeps a number of occupational groups with infection rates because they may be more at risk of becoming infected.

A total of 828 people from health care and 257 education and childcare workers were so ill by the coronavirus that they had to be hospitalized. 25 healthcare workers and 9 people from education are known to have died of the virus.

21,30 France has more than 80,000 coronadodes


In France, more than 80,000 coronadodes have now been counted, due to 700 new deaths reported by the authorities on Tuesday.

France is therefore the third European country to have exceeded the 80,000 threshold, after the United Kingdom (now nearly 114,000 coronadodes) and Italy (over 92,000). The Netherlands has registered more than 14,000 coronadodes so far.

16.54 hours – More than half a million people vaccinated

Just over half a million people in the Netherlands have so far received a vaccine against the coronavirus. It concerns 504,736 people. There are almost 177,000 more than a week earlier, reports the Rijksinstituut voor Healthcare en Milieu (RIVM), which leads the vaccination programme.

Of the vaccinees, 66,409 people have also received the second dose, thus protecting them from the virus for the time being.

16.00 hrs – First caregivers receive vaccine AstraZeneca Friday

The new coronavaccin from AstraZeneca will be administered for the first time on Friday to someone working in healthcare. This is done at the vaccination site at the stadium of ADO The Hague, confirms GGD Haaglanden after a message from RTL Nieuws. It is planned that the caregivers in the rest of the country will be on Monday.

The vaccine is also administered to 60 to 65 year olds, starting with people aged 63 and 64 years in Zeeland. That vaccination goes through the general practitioners and probably starts in a few days.

In addition, AstraZeneca‘s corona vaccine is intended for three groups with medical risks: people with Down syndrome, people with morbid obesity and people who have difficulty breathing due to a neurological disorder. Employees of general practitioners can also get this drug โ€œin the context of who vaccinates is first self-vaccinatedโ€.

13.05 – Wuhan Market may not be a source of coronavirus

outbreak The coronavirus outbreak may not have started at the food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. That is what the chairmen of the World Health Organisation (WHO) research team in China say at a press conference. There was already a broader outbreak in the city of millions and it is not yet clear where it started.

Both in a number of markets and beyond, there were contagion with the coronavirus, says Chinese researcher Liang Wannian. According to him, the virus was not detected in Wuhan for December 2019, so he said.

Furthermore, the coronavirus is unlikely to occur in a lab, according to researcher Peter Ben Embarek. The virus has probably sprung from animal to human. The species from which the virus originates must also be further investigated. It could be multiple species.

The Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans was also at the press conference. She explained how the investigation team looked at the options surrounding the start of the outbreak. โ€œWe have listed the possibilities and looked up the pros and cons of each theory. There are many different options. We have done everything well founded.โ€ According to Koopmans, it is possible that new insights will emerge from future research.

According to Embarek, the future must also be looked at. โ€œWe need to make sure that we work better together in the future. For example, international databases need to be established where important data on viruses can be found directly for experts around the world.โ€

10.59 a.m. – Commercial coronalab must be closed immediately

The commercial corona-virusster PCRTestNederland may no longer determine whether people havecoronavirus among its members. The lab must be closed immediately, by order of the supervisor, the Health and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ). It’s the first time the inspection has imposed such a punishment. The 16 test streets of the company are allowed to remain open.

The IGJ checked the lab last week and noted โ€œacute and serious risks.โ€ For example, the lab was not suitable for determining test results. PCRTestNederland could not prove that the employees were well trained for the work.

According to the inspection, it is not possible to determine whether the problems at the lab led to wrong diagnoses.

PCRTestNederland has test streets in Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Eindhoven, Breda, Lelystad and Maastricht.

8.01 a.m. – Number of new infections in Germany is falling again

The number of new coronavirus infections in Germany has fallen again over the last 24 hours compared to the day before. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of the RIVM, recorded 3379 new cases over the last 24 hours. That‘s less than the 4535 new infections on Monday. Last weekend, the number of new infections with 8616 on Sunday and 10485 on Saturday was even more significant.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Germany increased to 2,291,924. In the past 24 hours, the German death toll by corona increased 481 to 62,156.

7.35 a.m. – Weekly figures RIVM distorted by closing test streets to winter weather

The Rijksinstituut voor healthen Milieu (RIVM) reports on Tuesday how many new coronacases have been recorded in the past week. The number will be lower than that of last week, but this is mainly because the test streets were closed on Sunday due to the winter weather. On Monday many locations were open again, but it is not known how many people decided not to go to a test street because of the snow. This makes it difficult to determine the state of the outbreak in the Netherlands on the basis of the weekly figures.

7.30 a.m. – Inspection wants more stringent requirements transport coronavaccins

A number of coronavaccins have been transported in an amateurish manner among others by the local croquette supplier. Some other vaccines have been shaken up in such a way that they had to be destroyed, reports the AD. The inspection now wants more stringent transport requirements.

The coronavaccines have not always been transported equally professionally in the Netherlands, according to the AD, after examining several videos on which the transport is recorded. For example, images show how a local croquette supplier assists a healthcare institution in transporting the PFIZER/Biontech vaccine where it is extremely important that it remains well chilled.

โ€œ Unfortunately, the IGJ has seen some incidents, both during our own inspections and through videos on social mediaโ€, recognizes spokesman Mariรซl van Dam of the Health Care and Youth Inspectorate. โ€œCOVID vaccines are scarce and if, due to problems during transport, vaccines are no longer usable, this is highly undesirable.โ€

The trade organisation of pharmaceutical wholesalers BG Pharma reacts shocked to the โ€œdramaticโ€ and โ€œamateurishโ€ mode of transport of scarce coronavaccins. โ€œThe aid offered is, of course, well intended, but the transport of a delicate vaccine is different from a croquette sandwich,โ€ says President Lรฉon Tinke.

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