For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been under control by the coronavirus overwhelmed from China. Countries are awakening from lockdowns and restrictive measures, although the measures sometimes return due to changes. Whats happening today? Follow the latest news here.
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00.15 – CBS: mortality rate for the first time in pandemic strikingly low
For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak died significantly fewer people than is usual for the time of year last week. Thats what the statistics agency CBS reports. Until recently, quite a lot of people died because of the virus outbreak. It is more common that after such a mortality wave a valley follows. But whether there is, researchers dont dare to say yet.
An estimated 2550 people died last week. Thats 300 less than a week earlier. It is normal that the number of deaths is slightly higher one week and the other is slightly lower. But this week the mortality rate was so low that statisticians say there was no such usual fluctuation. They call that “undermortality.”
200 people died less than expected based on mortality rates in previous years and demographic trends. Especially among people 80 years or older, the mortality rate is remarkably low.
Sociologist Tanja Saag of the CBS knows that few people die more often after a period of high mortality. This is because, for example, people die during a flu or heat wave a few weeks or months earlier than otherwise happened under normal circumstances.
“Thats much more common for flu than corona,” Slow suspects. Because after a lot of people died of the virus last year, no valley followed. However, according to the sociologist, this might be the beginning of a period with a remarkably low mortality rate. It could be a one-time thing too. That will have to be seen in the coming weeks.
22.55 – A lot of interest for festive night in Utrecht
At the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, 2500 people are pricked with Janssens corona vaccine on Thursday evening and night. The interest in the festive event, complete with DJs and disco lights, is great, says Jaap Donker, director of public health of the GGD region Utrecht. “The available places are filled effortlessly,” says Donker.
Young people in particular arrive at the event, which lasts from 9 pm to 1am. “They come in very happy because this vaccination really feels like regaining freedom to them. Someone even told me it felt a bit like a first festival,” says Donker. “Employees love working here too. Theres a different atmosphere than during the day, its a bit more serious. Now the atmosphere is looser.”
This puncture night is the third: last Friday and last Wednesday, people came to the Jaarbeurs to dance with Janss, as the GGD calls it. “We certainly want to keep repeating the puncture nights when more vaccine is available,” says Donker. On July 8th and 15th, the next puncture nights are scheduled.
22.05 – 1.5 meters also remains with rapid test limitation for physical education
Even if students from MBO, HBO and university take a quick test before class, physical education is limited as long as one has to keep 1.5 metres away. This is what demissionary minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Education) writes in a letter to the House of Representatives. There is not enough room in educational institutions for both full physical education and keeping 1.5 meters away.
Over the past few months, eight regional pilots examined how preventive corona-virus tests can make more physical education as safe as possible. But students are not required to take a test prior to class. The studies show that, in part, too few students tested themselves to let go of 1.5 meters and thus provide more physical education.
Between 25 and 30 percent of students tested themselves beforehand. Thats too little to drop contamination risks enough, the minister writes. Students in courses where there is an exception for the 1.5 metres, such as dance training, used the tests more often because they felt safer.
In an extreme case, educational institutions may ask for admission tickets, such as a negative test or a full vaccination. The Cabinet only considers this if the 1.5 metres away stands in the way of a “significant upscaling” of physical education in the new school year and when there is no “less radical way” available, says VanEngelshoven.
The pilots also show that the importance of preventive testing needs to be better explained. “It needs to be clear what the added value of testing is to meet safely at the educational sites, and this message needs to be delivered everywhere,” the Minister writes.
Currently, students can attend physical education about one day a week. There are exceptions for testing, hands-on education, and guiding vulnerable students.
Free home-delivery tests
Students can order free online tests and get delivered at home until July 31. A motion by Groenlinks MP Lisa Westerveld to make this possible longer, Van Engelshoven is not a good idea. Current agreements with market participants expire on 31 July and within the limits of the law a new tender will not be timely.
On August 13, the government decides whether MBO and higher education can be reopened without restrictions or that the 1.5 meter distance is still necessary. Van Engelshoven advised institutions to prepare for both scenarios, something that was criticized to her.
19.00 — Curfew returns in parts of Portugal
Curfew returns to Lisbon, Porto and over forty other municipalities in Portugal on Friday. The measure, which applies between 23:00 and 05:00, will only be introduced in regions where there is a high risk of coronavirus infection.
The government reinstates curfew as the number of infections in the country is rising again. The measure was already in force in parts of Portugal at the end of last year, but was abolished after the number of infections dropped again. The low contamination rates this spring made most of the measures relaxed.
At the Portuguese authorities, 2449 new infections were reported within one day on Thursday, the highest daily rate since mid-February. The country with ten million inhabitants was in a rigorous lockdown. The number of deaths reports is still lower than in February.
Authorities hold the Delta variant of the coronavirus responsible for the new increase in the number of infections. Especially unvaccinated young people are now getting infected, especially in Lisbon. The government is accelerating vaccination rate so that young people are more likely to be eligible for vaccines. Approximately 31 percent of the population is currently fully vaccinated.
17.43 – Busy Weekend for Access Testing, IT Systems Have Tested
Many people want to get tested for coronavirus in the next few days so they can spend a night out. Access Testing has made more than 260,000 test appointments, and that may still be up. The test organizers say theyre preparing for a busy weekend.
About 60,000 people get tested on Thursday, some 130,000 do this on Friday and just over 70,000 people are going to get tested on Saturday. Many people come from the Amsterdam region. The Open Netherlands Foundation, the organisation behind Access Testing, also sees many agreements in Venlo and its surroundings. There is the Stereo Sunday festival Friday and Saturday, which includes Bizzey, Jonna Fraser and Lucas & Steve.
Since last week, people have been allowed to go back to nightclubs and festivals if they can show negative test results, vaccination proof or recovery certificate. Big delays arose on the first night. This was due to a hacking attempt, according to the Open Netherlands Foundation. According to regional media, several people were offered negative results “for compensation” without the results being known. A foundation spokesperson can “not verify” most stories.
Open Netherlands Foundation says that the computer systems were tested in the run-up to the next weekend, and that the test appointments “went “without problems” early this week.
17.15 – The Netherlands colors greener on corona map, Spain becomes redder
More parts of the Netherlands are coloring green on the European corona map, as corona cases continue to fall. Groningen and Friesland were already at the lowest level and Drenthe, Flevoland and Limburg will be joining Drenthe, Flevoland and Limburg. The rest of the country remains orange for now.
The European Health Service ECDC card, the same of the Dutch RIVM, is based on the number of positive tests over the past 14 days. The organization also looks at the percentage of positive tests.
According to RIVM data, approximately 9249 Dutch people have tested positive for coronavirus over the past two weeks. That amounts to about 53 cases out of every 100,000 inhabitants. At the end of May, there were more than 2100 positive tests on every 100,000 Dutch in two weeks.
The situation is deteriorating in Spain and Portugal. The regions of Catalonia, Valencia and Aragon have turned red. Andalucia, the Canaryislands, La Rioja and Cantabria had that status already. Ibiza and Mallorca were green, but they turned orange.
Portugal is orange, just like Wallonia, Ireland and Latvia. Cyprus has gone red.
France has become completely green, except for a few overseas territories. Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania and Malta are also completely green. Greece is almost completely green, beyond Athens, Rhodes and some islands.
16.00 — Barely corona patients hospitalized
The number of corona patients to be hospitalized continues to fall. In the past 24 hours, only nine people have landed new to a nursing ward due to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. One person went to intensive care because of corona. That was the first shot there in three days.
So a total of 10 new corona patients were admitted. Thats the lowest number since mid-October, when the National Patient Spread Coordination Centre (LCPS) started sharing that data.
The number of positive corona-virus tests has risen to the highest number in about two weeks on Thursday. According to the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), 845 new corona cases occurred between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, 147 more compared to last Thursday.
Over the past seven days, an average of 616 infections per day have been reported.
The number of deaths rose by three last day. That doesnt mean that these people died last night, as it takes a while to record the death of a corona patient. No deaths were recorded on Wednesday.
Opposite to the 10 hospital admissions, 28 people left the hospital because they died or because they have recovered enough. As a result, the total number of corona patients admitted dropped by 18 to 278, which is the lowest number since mid-September. Then the Netherlands sat at the beginning of the second wave and pressure on hospitals was just getting on.
A month ago, on June 1, hospitals treated 1240 corona patients. That means about a thousand beds have been vacated.
14.20 — Traveler from orange risk areas no longer in home quarantine
Travelers from risk areas who dont have to go into home quarantine since Thursday on return for ten days since Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. It concerns areas such as Spain and Portugals capital, Lisbon.
The urgent home quarantine advice for these areas of risk expires for European travellers with negative test results, vaccination proof or recovery certificate after infection. This also applies to travelers with Digital Corona proof, according to the Ministry.
On Wednesday it was decided that the travel advice for Spain remains orange. Thats because the corona figures arent good enough. So only necessary trips are allowed. According to the Ministry, not only the number of infections is important, but also the percentage of tests that are positive and the number of passengers taking corona from Spain to the Netherlands. The Greater Lisbon region of Portugal also has orange travel advice. Colour coded yellow applies to the rest of Portugal.
13.38 — More than 200 million corona certificates issued in EU
Within the European Union, more than 200 million corona certificates have already been issued, the European Commission reports. Since Thursday, almost all EU Member States have been using these certificates. Only Ireland is not quite ready as a result of a cyber attack
The certificate, also known as the coronavirus certificate, shows that someone has been tested negative for the coronavirus, has recently been recovered after infection or vaccinated against Covid-19. make it possible within the European Union.
Travellers with these certificates do not apply to entry restrictions upon arrival. They do not have to quarantine, although in some cases a country may decide to introduce these types of measures. This could, for example, if travelers come from countries where a new virus variant is dangerously gripping around them.
12.23 – No delays in Testing for Access
Foundation Open Netherlands does not expect any problems with Testing for Access Testing for upcoming nightlife evenings. Last weekend delays arose, according to the foundation through a hacking attempt. A spokesperson is not yet able to provide information about who was behind the action. “Were still in touch with the police.”
According to him, the test appointments of last days all went well. Also upcoming evenings, if its busier in the nightlife world, people can go there according to the foundationcount that they have their test results on time.
Access Tests allow dance lovers who havent been vaccinated yet and havent experienced a corona infection since last weekend to go back to nightclubs. They dont have to keep 1.5 metres away there. The negative test results are converted into a QR code in the CoronaCheck app, which is checked at the nightlife door.
Regional media reported last week that visitors who had not actually had a valid test result were offered negative results “for compensation” or “to get rid of it” without knowing what the test results were. The spokesperson for Stichting Open Nederland can confirm only one of those cases on Thursday. It was someone who had a test at a location in Alkmaar last Friday. When she didnt have the results on Saturday, she went back to the test site. There it was found that the test was negative, but when the results were passed, the date of Saturday was accidentally entered. In theory, the woman could have been on the road longer than the maximum 40 hours.
Other versions of the stories can “not verify” the foundation spokesperson. However, it has been brought to the attention of test providers that only a QR code in the app or printed gives access to an event. “Issuing other versions of evidence makes no sense.” He cannot “rule out” that there may be other papers with test results issued “somewhere” with the message that it gives access to an event. “But you really have to have the official test result.” The foundation is not about checking the test results at the door of clubs, he stresses.
Starting this week, the opening hours of the Access Testing Testing Sites have been extended. Testing can be done on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 6 pm. On Thursday, the doors open at 7.30 am and close at 7:30pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, people can take a test from 7am to 10 pm.
12.28 – Advice: Avoid cat or dog if you are infected with corona
It is still not entirely excluded that pets carry the coronavirus further. Infected pet owners are therefore very wise to avoid their cat or dog, just as they have to do with their fellow humans, says Els Broens, head of the Veterinary Microbiological Diagnostic Center (VMDC) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. She makes the call as a precaution, after reexamining.
Broens and colleagues examined the test results of 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households. They presented the findings at a European Congress on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Six cats and seven dogs tested positive for corona and 31 cats and 23 dogs for antibodies. Eight cats and dogs living in the same houses as the positive corona tested animals were also investigated and proved negative. However, corona is often found in animals of people with the disease. And while the study has not yet revealed a transfer of pet to human and the role of pets in the pandemic seems negligible for the time being, according to Broens, one has to take care of the uncertainty.
Now that we deal with human-to-human contamination with reasonable success, she believes we should leave nothing to chance. “So when you go into insulation in the attic, dont let the cat get there, but leave the animal with the other roommates elsewhere in the house. Many people treat their pets like family members, do so if youre infected.”
11.46 — Less view of corona poverty
Due to the corona crisis, organizations fighting poverty have been able to provide less help than they needed. The need for help has increased since the beginning of the crisis. This is evidenced by a national study conducted by the Poverty Fund Foundation under local aid organizations.
39 percent of the organizations surveyed say that demand for help has increased since the beginning of the crisis. However, the lockdown did not allow emergency workers to make home visits and were handled by phone and digitally. Many organizations also limited their opening hours. 24 percent say they have missed problems with both new and well-known clients.
Two thirds of organizations expect aid needs to rise further in the coming period. In order to meet this demand, the Poverty Fund requires an additional 9.7 to 16.5 million euros depending on how long the crisis lasts.
The Poverty Fund wrote 1180 local aid organizations for the study. 327 of them completed the questionnaire.
11.40 – WHO warns of new corona wave in Europe
The favourable development of corona rates in Europe is after more than two monthscome to an end. That says the European branch of the World Health Organization, which warns that a new wave of infection is inevitable if citizens and governments do not show discipline.
The number of new corona infections showed a declining line for ten weeks in a row, but now according to WHO, according to WHO, it is going in the wrong direction. “The number of cases rose by 10 percent last week,” said regional top man Hans Kluge of the Health Organization.
Kluge warned that despite the “tremendous efforts” of countries, millions of people still have not been vaccinated in the WHOs Europe region. It includes EU Member States such as the Netherlands, but also countries such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia.
The doctor mentions several causes of the increase in the number of infections. People meet more often, more travelled and all sorts of measures are being removed to prevent the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, the more contagious Delta variant seizes around it.
11.17 — Hospitals may need to catch up with hundreds of thousands of surgeries
as hospital coronavings deflate, doctors and nurses are waiting for a new job. They must perform the operations and treatments they did not get to during the coronavirus focus. Between March 2020 and May 2021, about 320,000 operations were carried out less than usual, and a large part of them should be overtaken in the coming period, according to the Dutch Health Authority (NzA).
According to the regulator, the 320,000 non-executed operations are 22 percent of the number of operations in a year. Especially non-urgent interventions have lapse. For example, it involves placing a new hip or knee, or an anti-cataract procedure. Not all these expired surgeries need to be overtaken. Some patients have been treated differently and in others “there is a need for surgery to lapse.” But the NZa adds that “a large part of these 320,000 operations will still have to be overtaken.” Until December, it was at least 100,000 operations, and that has become “only more” ever since.
The number of corona patients admitted is falling hard over the last few weeks, giving hospitals more space. 87 percent of all operating rooms are available again. A few weeks ago, it was 76 percent. Only a few more hospitals struggle to deliver so-called critical scheduled care on time. These are the procedures to be done within six weeks to prevent health damage. A few weeks ago, this was a big problem for more than twenty hospitals.
GPs refer slightly fewer people to hospitals than they would probably have done if there hadnt been a corona outbreak. The number of referrals is 97 percent of the expected level. Thats comparable to previous weeks.
06.54 — Customs officers across the EU know corona certificate council
Dutch and other EU citizens can use their corona certificate with confidence from Thursday on a trip in the European Union. The European certificate rules, with a QR code that shows that a traveller is presumably not contagious, go into force.
Customs officers in quite a few EU countries were able to read the QR code in recent weeks. But as of Thursday, travellers can count on that too. Almost all Member States can now determine whether they can grant a traveler safe access because he or she has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, has recently been negatively tested or protected by the disease before.
Netherlands and the last handful of other remaining countries are also joining Thursday. Only Ireland isnt ready to join yet. The launch of the certificate has been delayed by a cyber attack.
Dutch have been able to create the certificate in the CoronaCheckapp for a week. As of Thursday, a recovery certificate can also be loaded, which shows that the wearer has been infected and cured from it in the past six months.
With the certificate, travellers escape quarantine, for example. Only if, for example, in the EU country of departure, a new virus variant is dangerous, can the arrival country fall back to such measures.
03.31 – General practitioners and healthcare institutions can arrange vaccination certificate
General practitioners and healthcare institutions can arrange a vaccination certificate from Thursday for those whose prick is not in the central register of RIVM. This allows the vaccinated to get a green check mark in the CoronaCheck app.
A vaccinated person whose prick is in the central register of the RIVM gets the green check mark automatically. If that fails, she or he can contact thegeneral practitioner, hospital or she institution where the prick was put. The healthcare provider can arrange a vaccination certificate via a dedicated web portal. People who are pricked at the GGD all automatically get a green check mark in the app, as the GGD systems are linked to the CoronaCheck app.
The National General Practitioners Association (LHV) called on people earlier this week not to call the GP if you do not need a vaccination certificate immediately. “When people call for a vaccination certificate, thats a huge burden on practice. This is at the expense of callers with more urgent care,” says the LHV.
Starting Thursday, people with vaccination certificates can travel to EU countries in the Coronacheck app. Starting last Thursday, an in-app vaccination certificate could already be used to access domestic events.
02.50 – Corona control Suriname restarted after fire
The Surinamese fight against the coronavirus was arrested on Wednesday, after hours of silence due to the consequences of a fire in the Bureau Public Health Office (BOG) building. During the day, the telephone information line on the coronavirus was reachable and tested again in the building. Thats what the countrys authorities announced.
No corona vaccines were lost due to the fire, these were not stored in the BOG building that acts as the command center of combating corona in Suriname. The fire originated in a fuse box, the fire brigade determined.
President Chan Santokhi arrived at the building himself on Wednesday, where he expressed his wish to build a new, modern building for the BOG with more security features. The now partly burnt down BOG building was already planning to be refurbished. Suriname does not have a budget to modernize the building itself, and an investor needs to be found for this.