Is there ever an end to the corona crisis? After a tough year and a half, full of lockdowns and freedom restriction measures, people are ready for a party or holiday. Whats happening today? Follow the latest COVID news here.
Number of new corona cases increased, hospital admissions decline
Numbers are falling, but were not welcome everywhere: these are the demands in popular holiday countries
Fierce criticism of hard German corona approach: Towards Authoritarian State
00.15 – British easing travel advice for number of European countries
Britain eases travel advice for several European countries. The UK authorities announced Wednesday evening that they give the European countries Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway a green colour. Travelers from these countries must undergo a corona-virus test before departure and upon arrival in England, but no longer need to quarantine – even if they are not vaccinated.
For fully vaccinated travellers from France, the compulsory coronaquarantine in England will disappear from this weekend. At the end of July, the British government announced that fully vaccinated travellers from countries with the color coded amber (orange/yellow), such as the US, no longer need to self-isolate, but for France this easing was not yet in force. According to the French authorities, that was “incomprehensible and discriminatory.”
The British authorities also announced that they are taking the countries of India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates off the red list and give the color code amber. As a result, travellers from these countries no longer have to quarantine ten days in a hotel upon arrival in England.
The easing of travel measures is in line with the UK Governments efforts to give the economy more air. “We are committed to making safe international travel possible again,” the UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps said in a statement on easing. “While we need to stay cautious, these changes make holiday destinations reaccessible around the world, which is good news for the travel industry.”
22.55 — Media: Corona vaccination mandatory when traveling to the US
Virtually all foreign travelers to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. According to the Reuters news agency, the Biden government is going to demand this.
Washington is still working on the plan. The vaccination duty is part of the goal of ultimately lifting all travel restrictions to the US, a government official said. Corona pandemic does not allow much of the world to access the US.
The White House is still adhering to travel restrictions as the number of infections is rising again. The intention is to have a new system ready for when travel can be resumed.
16.48 – Theme parks often full of less capacity Due
to the corona measures, theme parks, which need to be booked online now, are often fully booked. Parks, which are most visited during this time of year, can let fewer visitors in. That makes the parks full faster. Thats what theme parks Efteling, Hellendoorn Adventure Park and Toverland say. It also takes part in the fact that many Dutch people stay in the Netherlands this summer.
“Were full almost every day,” says a spokesperson for the Efteling in North Brabant. The park is now allowed to enter about half of the normal number of visitors. “We hardly ever reached the maximum capacity before, so we certainly notice that difference.” At Toverland, which is located in Limburg, they are now a lot more often at the maximum, says a spokesperson. “We see that the park is full much more often than before because we have 50 percent of our normal capacity.”
This difference is also noticeable at the Overijssel Adventure Park Hellendoorn, where about 40 percent of the normal number of visitors are admitted. “Were sold out for at least three days a week,” a spokesperson says. “We used to have been about five times, in four weeks of summer holidays.”
Previously, visitors were able to buy a ticket at the door of theme parks on the day themselves, but to keep an eye on the number of visitors, its no longer possible. People need to book their visit online, often days in advance due to limited capacity. Yet there are still visitors who want to pick up the day themselves, sees Hellendoorn Adventure Park, which gets a lot of bubbles. “We often have to sell no people.”
According to the spokesmen for Adventurenpark Hellendoorn and Toverland, their parks are also more likely to be full because many Dutch people spend their holidays in their own country. For example, Hellendoorn Adventurenpark sees that surrounding holiday parks are much busier thandifferently. “Many Dutch people go on holiday in their own country. Those people come to us.” Toverland also notices that there are considerably more Dutch people in the park than other years. “Many people still stay in their own country and have booked a holiday in the region, for example. Those people are going out for a day now.”
It strikes all three parks that fewer foreign tourists come by than during other summers. “We see that the number of German visitors in particular is lower than other years,” says a spokesperson for Toverland, “which has to do with travel restrictions. From Belgium, the number of visitors is also lower, but thats a good deal compared to Germany.” This also sees Hellendoorn Adventure Park, where the current of German tourists has almost stopped, according to the spokesperson. “There had been no room for that either, by the way, weve often sold out all the time.”
Efteling also notices that fewer foreign visitors come by. “The proportions are certainly different from normal.”
16.07 — WHO calls for temporary stop on vaccine booster
The World Health Organization (WHO) calls for a temporary stop on administering so-called booster vaccines, which should maintain protection against the coronavirus and its variants. WHO top man Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advocates a moratorium until at least the end of September so that more vaccines become available for poorer countries.
Israel recently boosters patients with weak immune systems. Countries such as the US, Germany and Hungary have also announced that some groups give an extra shot, including to deal with the Delta variant. The Netherlands has not yet made a decision.
The WHO understands the concerns of these governments, but has already spoken out against this booster policy because of the great backlog that poorer countries have in terms of vaccinations. Tedros calls on everyone with influence, such as athletes, investors, businessmen and religious leaders, to support the call for moratorium.
He stated at a press conference that a temporary stop could contribute to the goal of getting “at least 10 percent of the population of each country” vaccinated. Of the 4 billion doses administered worldwide so far, more than 80 percent are in high and middle-income countries.
Vaccinmakers Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna have indicated that additional injections will be required after the first two shots. The prices they charge in the EU for their follow-up vaccines have already risen. By the way, their products can be used so far on the basis of emergency approvals. In the case of Pfizer, the US regulator expects FDA to grant full approval in early September, The New York Times reported.
16.04 — European Commission concludes contract for Novavax vaccines
The European Commission has signed a contract for the COVID-19 vaccine from US pharmaceutical company Novavax. The vaccine has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). According to committee chairman Ursula von der Leyen, Novavax was elected, amongst other things, because the company already “successfully tests its vaccine for protection against new varieties that spread across Europe.”
Member States are expected to order a total of 100 million doses from the end of this year, and there is another option for 100 million doses in the contract until 2022, provided that the vaccine is assessed as “safe and effective” by the EEA, the EUs daily administration reports. Since the corona pandemic outbreak, it has previously concluded six supply contracts with four different companies on behalf of EU countries.
Novavax uses the same technology for its vaccines as Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna, which appear to be more successful than those of the other two EMA approved vaccines, from AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
15.54 — Many hospitalizations put 14 regions at “very serious”
In 14 out of 25 safety regions, the highest level of risk for the coronavirus outbreak. The situation is “very serious.” Thats because of the high number of hospital admissions. If only counted the number of positive tests, the situation would not have been very serious anywhere.
The government determines risk levels every Wednesday based on the number of positive tests and the number of hospital admissions. The highest of the two digits gives the breakdown. There are four levels. From low to high, these are vigilant, worrying, serious and very serious.
Risk level “very serious” applies in Amsterdam-Amstelland, Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Haaglanden, Utrecht, Brabant-Zuidoost, Groningen, Twente, Flevoland, Zaanstreek-Waterland, Kennemerland, Gooi en Vechtstreek, Hollands Midden, South Holland South and South Limburg.
Nine regions stand onestep lower, at serious. These are Friesland, IJsselland, North and East Gelderland, Gelderland-Middle, Gelderland-South, North Holland North, Central and West Brabant, Brabant North and Limburg-North.
Zeeland went from very serious to worrying, so two steps down. The other seconth-lowest level safety region is Drenthe. That province stood on serious last week. Nowhere is the lowest level of risk, vigilant.
Last week ten regions were serious and fifteen in very serious. Compared to that map, IJsselland, North Holland North, Central and West Brabant and Brabant North have gone from very serious to serious. Haaglanden, Twente, Flevoland and Zuid-Holland Zuid just went one step up, from serious to very serious.
The largest fire source in the country is Amsterdam-Amstelland. Last week, the coronavirus was detected in 188 out of 100,000 people in and around the capital, but a few weeks ago it was 914 out of 100,000. Thats a drop of about 80 percent. In a few weeks, the province of Groningen went from 536 to 105 positive tests on the 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the quietest parts of the country in terms of contamination rates.
In Flevoland, a proportionate majority of people are admitted to a nursing department or intensive care. Last week, the county counted 75.6 hospital admissions on every million inhabitants. After that, Rotterdam-Rijnmond (65.7), Amsterdam-Amstelland (65.4), Gooi en Vechtstreek (50.6) and South Limburg (50.2) follow. In the regions of Drenthe, Gelderland-Midden and IJsselland, the lowest number of hospital admissions are converted.
The map and associated risk levels will be re-established next Wednesday.
12.49 — Chinese authorities hamper foreign travel due to virus
The Chinese authorities have decided not to provide any more passports or other documents necessary to travel abroad. Migration services only issue such travel documents if there is a very urgent reason for it. The travel limitation is required by the government due to a coronavirus resurgence that poped up in Wuhan, Chinas city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.
Incidentally, the Peoples Republic has only been mildly affected by the condition itself. Of the more than 200 million cases registered worldwide, approximately 93,000 have been identified in China. The country of more than 1.4 billion inhabitants is attributing 4600 deaths to the virus.
12.43 – IFV: pandemic preparation remained stuck in plans
Preparing for a major, disruptive crisis like the corona pandemic has been stuck in the Netherlands so far in planning and scenarios. emergency services have been the most likely and likely crisis for years and has been practised regularly. And yet the Netherlands was surprised in February 2020 and unprepared, profound decisions as lockdowns had to be taken.
Researchers from the Institute of Physical Safety (IFV), the knowledge institute that supports safety regions and other emergency services in disaster relief and crisis management. Researchers have taken an intermediate balance of how the corona crisis is devoted to mid-2021 and conclude that the lesson of the corona crisis may be that the Netherlands should not primarily seek salvation in even more playbooks and scenarios, but should learn better to improvise.
Emergency services in the Netherlands thought they were well prepared for a pandemic. “Chinese or Italian states would not occur here. But the reality of the corona pandemic was a totally different than planned,” the IFV said. For example, the number of deaths was very fast and there was a shortage of tools such as face masks and gloves almost immediately. The practiced approach with source and contact research and isolation of infected persons proved to be unworkable after a few days. Lockdowns didnt come in any playbook. Extreme groups would get a stage was unexpected. RIVM did good predictions beforehand, but the corona crisis is now taking much longer than previously anticipated.
“The plans do mention what potential problems are, but a solution remains. Little to nothing is being prepared to deal with problems,” the researchers say. But society, which has been touched in its entirety, has responded resiliently, they also note. “Perhaps thats the most important lesson: resilience is more important than preparations, which are almost by definition short.”
11.57 -Travelers from Belgium checked on a Sunday for corona proof
Travelers travelling back to the Netherlands from Belgium can be checked for their corona proof from Sunday, reports a spokesperson for the Royal Marechaussee.Travelers who do not carry corona evidence during a check will be fined of 95 euros. The border region at the border of Germany is not controlled.
fact that there are no checks on the east side of the Netherlands is because the risk areas are mainly in southern Europe. Belgium, parts of France, Spain and parts of Portugal are yellow.
At the end of July, it was announced that travellers from 12 years old who come from EU countries with yellow travel advice should carry corona proof on 8 August. They must show this to the Royal Marechaussee if requested. This can be a vaccination certificate, proof of proof, or negative proof of testing. People who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from corona can demonstrate this in the CoronaCheck app. Other travellers need to get tested in their country of residence before their return trip. A PCR test is up to 48 hours prior to departure, with an antigen test it is 24 hours. This is checked by mobile teams, says the spokesperson. Therefore, there will be no marechaussee checkpoints.
People who do not travel on their own means of transport are controlled by transport companies.
11.38 – Fewer and fewer people are still getting vaccinated
The number of people vaccinated per week against the coronavirus is falling further, now that approximately 85 percent of adult Dutch people have received one shot at least. Two out of three Dutch people are fully vaccinated.
Over the past week, 812,269 people received a prick, according to the weekly figures of the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). Thats the lowest number since early May. It is the fifth consecutive week that the number of pricks falls. A week earlier, just over a million people received vaccination. The busiest week was early June, when 1.67 million people were vaccinated.
Nearly seven months ago, the vaccination campaign began. 20.9 million bucks have been set up until last Sunday. Underneath that are 12.4 million first pricks. People who receive the Janssen vaccine and are therefore ready after the first shot are included in this. Last week 166,488 people received a first shot, the lowest number of first stings since the week from March 15 to 21.
In total, about 8.5 million people received the second shot, almost 650,000 more than last week.
Due to the declining number of pricks, multiple GGDs have announced that they will close vaccination sites. The puncture site in Houten closes Wednesday and at the end of this month also the location at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam is no longer used for vaccination and in a while the ss Rotterdam stinging stops. In Nijmegen, the vaccination site will close on Wednesday in De Goffert, the stadium of football club NEC, and next Sunday the last day at the ADO stadium will be Den Haag. In Groningen, Kardinge skating rink will no longer be available at the end of August, as there will be a new ice floor for the winter season. There are a few locations left in each region, and the GGDs, for example, drive around bulletin buses to reach the unvaccinated people.
The figures show that the number of pricks in particular among people over 65 is barely increasing. For example, 179 people aged 90 and older were vaccinated last week, compared to just over 700 the week before. Among those 179 are 16 over 90 people who received a first shot. Furthermore, 452 eighty people received a first or second inoculation last week, against 5261 the previous week.
The rate of vaccination among people from 60 to 89 is above 90 percent. The vaccination campaign started with these groups because they are most at risk for infection. Among fifties and among 90 people over 90 percent have been vaccinated. In addition, three quarters of all forties and two in three thirties were vaccinated.
06.25 — COVID outbreak encourages China to extra supervision frozen food
The recent revival of Covid-19 in China is returning frozen food imports under intensive surveillance, Chinese media report. The Chinese authorities did so based on the assumption that it is possible to run the virus through food packaging.
Cities like Zhengzhou and Haikou will sharpen inspection of imported frozen food to prevent the transfer of Covid. In a restaurant in the city of Nantong, frozen pork and beef from the UK, Brazil and Canada were confiscated because the owner was unable to provide disinfection certificates.
China has assumed from the pandemic outbreak that the virus can survive under conditions found in frozen food and packaging, linking some contamination to imported goods.Health institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Health Service (CDC) have downplayed the likelihood of such a transfer.
Nevertheless, China is adhering to drastic measures to mitigate the alleged risk. Earlier this year, massive testing and disinfection of frozen foods for harbor congestion and caused long customs delays. Some supermarkets have separate coolers for imported goods.
Chinas resumption of strict checks on frozen foods can have major consequences: the country is one of the worlds largest customers of many food products. For example, China accounts for nearly half of the global pork trade.
The last COVID outbreak in China, first detected at Nanjing Airport at the end of July, is related to the Delta variant and then spread to nearly half of Chinas 32 provinces in just two weeks. Nanjing has researched more than 13,000 companies from the frozen food production chain since the outbreak. More than 35,000 samples were tested, all of which were negative for the virus.
05.30 – Fully vaccinated 50-60 percent less susceptible to Delta
People who are fully vaccinated are about 50 to 60 percent less likely to get infected with the coronavirus Delta variant than people who are not vaccinated. This is evidenced by a large-scale study by Imperial College in London, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.
The study, in which more than 98,000 volunteers participated, also shows that fully vaccinated people are less likely to pass on Covid. It also shows that 5-24-year-olds accounted for half of all infections, although they account for only about a quarter of the British population.
According to the latest estimates from National Statistics Bureau ONS, one in 65 people in the UK were infected with the coronavirus during the week until July 24. 73 percent of adults in the country are fully vaccinated.
04.15 – US are going to offer migrants along Mexican border vaccinations
The United States is preparing for providing COVID vaccines to migrants in U.S. custody along the Mexico border according to government sources. The last time that more illegal cross-border crossings happened at that border than today was two decades ago. And the number of corona infections among imprisoned migrants is rapidly rising.
So far, only a limited number of migrants in US Immigration and Customs detention centres have received the vaccine. According to the plan not yet fully developed, the vaccines will be provided to both deported migrants and people who are allowed to stay in the United States pending trial.
The migrants will receive the Janssen vaccine. This single dose vaccine is better suited to a group of people with whom it is difficult to coordinate a second dose. Officials familiar with the plan say that the forthcoming border vaccination campaign can help curb the aggressive spread of the Delta variant on both sides of the border.
In July, 210,000 migrants crossed the southern border with the United States, the highest number in a month in 21 years, according to U.S. Customs provisional estimates.
3.30 – New risk level map presented
The number of new corona cases is falling rapidly, but it is not clear if this can be seen on Wednesday when the government reassesses risk levels in the 25 safety regions. The number of hospital admissions is not falling yet, and those figures are counted as well.
The Netherlands has four levels of risk. From low to high, these are vigilant, worrying, serious and very serious. At present, ten regions are in serious and fifteen in very serious. The lowest two levels, vigilant and worrying, are nowhere.
Purely based on the number of positive tests in the past week, the lowest and highest level of risk, vigilant and very serious, would not apply anywhere from Wednesday. The situation in Drenthe and Zeeland would be worrying. The rest of the country would be serious. Amsterdam-Amstelland is proportionally the biggest fire source. Last week, the coronavirus was detected in 188 out of 100,000 people in and around the capital, but a few weeks ago it was 914 out of 100,000. Thats a drop of about 80 percent. The province of Groningen, a large fire source until recently, would also fall into serious, just above the border with worrying.
Last week the regions Zeeland, Groningen, IJsselland, Utrecht, Zaanstreek-Waterland, Hollands Midden and Brabant-Zuidoost ended by the numberhospitalization at very serious. If only the number of positive tests had been counted in those regions, the situation would have been serious.
Moreover, the risk levels of risk have no consequences for the governments measures. The restrictions apply across the country.
02.45 — France tightens corona measures Corsica, Breton coast
Health officials in France have tightened corona measures in several places on Tuesday, in response to the increasing number of infections from the Delta variant.
For example, in some French coastal areas popular among tourists, the face mask duty has been re-introduced, less than two months after the authorities had lifted the restriction. These include parts of Brittany and some places near the foothills of the Pyrenees, on the border with Spain. The same is waiting for people around Lake Annecy, at the foot of the Alps.
A contingency plan has been activated at Corsica. The measures are primarily designed to support medical personnel. Currently, Bastia, one of the islands two major cities, occupies more than 79 percent of hospital beds. The situation in Corsica has probably been aggravated by the traditional wave of departure and arrival of holidaymakers at the end of July. Thats why over 130,000 people were on the way in Corsica last weekend. The island had already re-introduced mandatory masks in the most important cities of the island in mid-July.
On Monday, the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe announced a partial lockdown. From Wednesday there is a curfew. Martinique, another French-Caribbean island, went in full lockdown on Friday, while the island of Reunion was partially locked this weekend.
Across France, the Delta variant boosts the number of hospital admissions due to corona, according to Tuesday figures published by the Ministry of Health. The number of patients in intensive care is now 1331, compared to 978 a week ago. In the past day 57 new COVID deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of fatalities above 112,000.
01.02 – Biden urges leaders to follow Florida and Texas COVID guidelines
U.S. President Joe Biden urged Republican leaders in the states of Florida and Texas Wednesday to follow the Health Service (CDC) COVID Guidelines — or else “out of the way go.” Florida and Texas together account for about one-third of all new U.S. corona infections.
Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, has repeatedly opposed strict COVID restrictions. Friday he blocked face mask duties in schools. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a decree last spring imposing fines for face mask duties.
“Some governors are unwilling to do the right thing to defeat this pandemic. They need to allow companies and universities that want to do the right thing,” said Biden, without mentioning the two Republican governors by name. “I tell these governors, if you dont want to help, at least get out of the way.”
According to the Health Service, there were approximately 72,000 new corona infections per day in the United States since Saturday, a 44% increase compared to the previous week.
New York City announced on Tuesday that vaccination certificate will now be required in restaurants, gyms and other public places. Biden urged other cities and cities to do the same.