The coronavirus continues to hold the world in its grip. Vaccination is delayed, while entrepreneurs and society continue to sigh under the lockdown measures.
Read the latest coronan news below:
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19.38 – Hospital Aruba stops regular care
The only large hospital in Aruba almost completely stops regular care, in order to receive Coronapatics from Curaçao. In Curaçao, due to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections, the pressure on care increases enormously. The hospital in Curaçao is full and there is no room left in the intensive care unit.
The hospital in Aruba, the Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital (HOH), provides only emergency and oncological surgery for the time being. “As a country of solidarity, it has been decided to provide this assistance in healthcare and thus increase the capacity for Covid”, the hospital says.
Due to this scaling of regular care, thirty extra Covid beds and six extra ic beds will be available in the HOH. As a result, it will have 62 Covid beds and 22 ic beds available next week.
18.34 – The Netherlands wants to deliver Pfizer vaccine to other countries
The Netherlands and 18 other EU countries are willing to hand over 30% of their legitimate share of the 10 million vaccines that pharmaceutical PFIZER/Biontech delivers early to EU countries that are struggling with their vaccination campaign.
For the Netherlands, this would be 116,700 pricks, which our country wants to lend to Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia. Later, as many pricks should come back.
Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic are the only EU countries that do not want to participate in the temporary redistribution ‘in a spirit of solidarity’ as agreed by EU leaders at their summit last week. The EU ambassadors have been trying for several days to reach an agreement on the issue that took a lot of time at the EU summit last week.
Under the leadership of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a number of countries complain that some EU Member States have far more vaccines than they do. The doses purchased by the European Commission on behalf of the 27 countries are distributed fairly by population, but some countries have thanked, for example, for the expensive Pfizer vaccine and aimed at AstraZeneca. But the supply of that vaccine is disappointing time after time.
EU leaders therefore instructed their ambassadors to agree on how to distribute the 10 million vaccines. These pricks are part of a supply of 100 million doses in the fourth quarter that Pfizer shows in the second quarter. At the end of the summit, Prime Minister Rutte said that the Netherlands and other countries “think that Austria is not the first country to have a problem.”
The vaccines that the helping countries now want to give up will be made up by the five countries at a later date.
18.01 – Day record vaccines
Never have so many Dutch people been vaccinated against coronavirus in one day as on Wednesday. In total, 72,377 people were vaccinated at that time, reports the Ministry of Health. The old day record was set on 25 February. Then 66,890 people got a shot.
In the first three days of this week, about 200,000 people received a vaccine. The Ministry hopes that this week about 433,000 people will get a shot, significantly more than the 280,000 from last week and the 210,000 of the week before.
16.15 – Draconian lockdown: Macron gives French month house arrest
The French House, the National Assembly, has agreed to another national lockdown from Saturday. President Emmanuel Macron had announced that Thursday to combat the third wave of coronavirus infections. Of the 577 parliamentarians, 348 voted for the new lockdown and nine against. A large part of the opposition boycotted the vote.
But there was much criticism in the National Assembly of Macron‘s policy and his Prime Minister Jean Castex. The group leader of the Conservative Republicans, Damien Abad, told Castex that Parliament is not meant to bless “your series of failures” every time. The country is now struggling with a sharp increase in the number of coronapatics, which in some places, including the capital Paris, leads to great crowds in health institutions. France has 67 million inhabitants and, with 5000 seriously ill coronation patients, has a relatively large number of people with Covid-19 in intensive care.
Macron has determined that therefore not only the nineteen departments where already had a stricter lockdownwas introduced, but the whole country gets a month house arrest. It is only allowed to leave a maximum of 10 kilometers from the house without any urgent reason. And anyone who has no work or other valid reason must stay inside from 7:00 p.m.
It is particularly dramatic for children and young people and those who are small and cannot provide a valid reason to go out. And the schools will be closed again for a month.
16.08 – Thailand shortened quarantine for vaccinated travelers
who can demonstrate that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus should quarantine in Thailand for a week, instead of the usual ten days in a government-approved hotel. Travellers from some African countries with virus variants have to be quarantined for two weeks.
The quarantine is shortened for those with a certificate proving that they have been vaccinated with the vaccine of, for example, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna or Chinese Sinovac, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.
Tourism accounts for more than 10 percent of Thai national income, which has been severely hit by the pandemic.
16.00 – Upon arrival in the Netherlands the vaccines cannot immediately reach the arm in
How many coronavaccines Netherlands has available, is different every day. Sometimes there are hundreds of thousands of doses in a warehouse in Oss, a few days later it can be much less. It goes up and down like the teeth of a saw. And on some days the stock is so tight that the National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM) starts to get nervous. And not every vaccine out there is immediately available to inject into someone’s arm.
The Netherlands has so far received more than 3.6 million doses and made 2.4 million shots. That is not to say that 1.2 million doses are available, that calculation is not so simple, says RIVM.
First, not all vaccines can pass directly to the pricks. First, you need to make sure that the delivery is in order, that the quality meets. According to the RIVM, this clearance takes about three days. In other words, a bottle of vaccine coming in on Monday can be injected at the earliest on Thursday. Only after approval is the bottle ready to be used. Until then, the vaccines are there, but they are not yet available.
And even if the vaccines are approved, they do not immediately leave storage.
14:00 – Vaccines to Curaçao
Netherlands are sending thousands of extra vaccines against the coronavirus to Curaçao on Friday due to the alarming situation on the island. Due to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections, the pressure on care is increasing there. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath called the situation Wednesday “very serious.”
It is a supply of 30,000 vaccines, which is not only for Curaçao but also for Aruba, according to a spokesman for Secretary of State Paul Blokhuis (Health, Welfare and Sport).
In addition, the Ministry provides assistance in the form of recruiting medical personnel. For example, we look for available medical professionals through American employment agencies, but also in the Netherlands we look to see if people are willing to travel to Curaçao.
10.50 – German police: people no longer take it
The German police stand for “difficult and dangerous Easter days”, because people no longer accept the corona restrictions, fears the chairman of the German Police Union (DPOLG), Rainer Wendt. Wendt foresees that even with “a very heavy effort” it will be difficult days for policemen, because people become “increasingly nervous and aggressive”.
many places in the country the weather seems to be very nice. In Munich, for example, expectations are sunny with temperatures above 20 degrees. For the coming weekend, the police are working there to arrange one hundred to two hundred extra police officers.
Jürgen Köhnlein of the Bavaria Police Association is afraid that the police will become the head of a burlap when people express their dissatisfaction with politicians and coronameasures against agents. Köhnlein expects that in addition to many recreators in squares and parks, there will also be many protesters in the city. The police in Stuttgart are counting on a demonstration of at least 5,000 people on Saturday.
10.45 – Retailers are waiting for customer: forget date faster
More and more people don‘t show up when they have made an appointment to come shopping. In the meantime, ten percent of customers fail to meet their agreement and this percentage is increasing, according to inquiry by BNR at industry clubs. At some large stores, up to a third of customers stay away.
At the beginning everyone just came by, says CEO Eus Peters of the Dutch Retail Council (RND), whoretail chains such as Action, Gamma and MediaMarkt. “Then we see the number of collapses, each week by about one percent.” Especially when customers are able to shop relatively anonymously, they often do not know at the last minute.
According to InRetail, there are even 20 to 30 percent of customers in a number of large stores. The damage is reported to be in the tens of millions of euros per week.
10.30 – ‘Europe vaccinates unacceptably slow‘
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has criticized vaccination campaigns in European countries. They come off the ground much too slowly, says regional director Hans Kluge. He calls this unacceptable and calls for “every dose we have in stock” to be used immediately. Also, according to him, vaccine production should be increased.
Kluge warns that current vaccination campaigns can give people and governments a “false sense of security”. The WTO calls the situation in Europe “more worrying than we have seen in months.” The virus would get around more quickly within all age groups, with the exception of those over 80. Elderly people are often vaccinated with priority, which now seems to have positive consequences.
06.45 – Italy requires coronavaccination for health care workers
Italy obliges coronavaccination for healthcare employesItaly requires a coronavaccination for many employees in health care. If you refuse to vaccinate, you will get another function in the medical sector, preferably without contact with patients. If you don’t accept that, salary can be withheld.
The government in Rome wants to counteract the scepticism that some of the medical staff have about coronavvaccinations. Employees in hospitals and pharmacies, for example, who are not vaccinated, are assigned tasks that do not pose a risk of spreading.
06.30 – Song Contest with audience as a new trial Fieldlab
Thousands of people can attend the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. The Cabinet has decided to turn the song feast into a trial event.
It has been agreed with the organisation that a maximum of 3500 spectators will be present per show. In addition to the two semi-finals and the grand finale, fans can also attend the rehearsals in Ahoy. The event will take place from 18 to 22 May.
00.00 – Party in Amsterdam, Vondelpark evicted
Large groups of young people came together on Wednesday evening against all coronare rules on the Museumplein to party. After the eviction of the Vondelpark earlier this evening, according to a police spokeswoman, a ‘waterbed effect’ was created and the youth moved to the square.