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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. But due to increasing infections, despite the many vaccinations, we are thrown back in time. Whats happening today? Follow the latest COVID news here.

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00.31 – Chamber wants more money for ventilation in schools this year

The House wants money for better ventilation in schools that would actually only be available in 2022 and 2023 already this year are issued. A majority accepted a proposal from GroenLinks and the PvdA.

The demissionary cabinet made available 360 million euros last autumn to improve the indoor climate in schools. The interest is so high that the budget of EUR 100 million for this year is as good as running out. The rest of the amount is meant for later years.

Now that the government recognises more than at the time the importance of good ventilation for combating the coronavirus, Groenlinks MP Lisa Westerveld wanted to know if part of the 2022 and 2023 budget could be brought forward immediately. She points out that not all schools have this in order.

Demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte acknowledged that this year โ€œa few tens of millionsโ€ seem to be needed more, and that it would seem โ€œlogicalโ€ to raise budget for years to come. But he says thats โ€œtoo simple thought.โ€ For example, we are still looking to see if the current scheme can be improved.

23.28 โ€” Rutte finds motion BIJ1 on corona strategy uncivilized

Demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte has pulled out hard to MEP Sylvana Simons of BIJ1 by the end of the Coronadebat in the House. She filed a motion in which she stated, among other things, that the cabinets corona strategy โ€œresulted in 30,000 deaths.โ€ Rutte called that โ€œunashamed and uncivilized.โ€

Simons reproaches the cabinet for choosing to have the coronavirus โ€œscreaming out in a controlled manner,โ€ and only to steer for preventing intensive care overload. It argues that it causes far more people than necessary to get sick and that this โ€œhas seriously harmed public health.โ€ The motion was not supported by any other party.

Rutte spoke of a โ€œterribleโ€ motion, which hit him โ€œenormouslyโ€. โ€œWe can take a hit,โ€ he stresses. But he points out that people who work โ€œday and nightโ€ to face the pandemic, and are actually accused of โ€œdeath by guilt of 30,000 peopleโ€. โ€œYou cant do this like that,โ€ he says.

โ€œDo you know whos watching? The next of kin of those 30,000 people,โ€ Simons admitted the Prime Minister to that. She stressed that she does not blame anyone personally but insisted that another strategy to control the virus even more could have prevented a lot of suffering.

However, according to Rutte, the Netherlands follows the same strategy as the rest of Europe by taking measures to protect care and the vulnerable. โ€œWe did nothing strange, nothing different.โ€ He calls the number of 30,000 deaths โ€œbig,โ€ but โ€œrelatively limitedโ€ compared to many other countries.

22.35 โ€” France demonstrations against introduction coronapas

In multiple cities in France, people took to the streets on the national holiday Quatorze Juillet to demonstrate against the coronapas. Police deployed tear gas in Paris. Order troops tried to distract the hundreds of demonstrators. Cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Marseille, Strasbourg and Montpellier were also demonstrated. According to police, 19,000 people were on their feet spread across the country, French media report.

The so-called pass sanitary is compulsory in France from 21 July for adults when visiting major events and cultural institutions and in cafes and restaurants as of August, it became known Monday. The pass indicates that someone has been vaccinated, recently tested, or has already had Covid-19. Many French people have big objections to this. The resistance to vaccination is greater than in most other European countries. The obligation for healthcare personnel to get inpopulated is far from good everywhere.

Earlier in the day, a military defilรฉ was held in Paris, where President Emmanuel Macron was driven over the Champs-ร‰lysรฉes in a military vehicle. The parade didnt go on last year because of the corona crisis. There were plenty of restrictions this year. Approximately 5,000 soldiers participated.to the parade. Special attention was paid to the international force in Mali and other countries in the Sahel region.

Every year, many destruction arises around the commemoration of the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 and 294 cars were set on fire this year, 78 of which were in Paris. Last year, by the way, there were 35 percent more.

22.34 โ€” Catalan government wants to introduce night clock in Barcelona

and 157 other Catalan municipalities, from 1am to 6:00pm this weekend, if the judge agrees to do so. Catalonia has the highest number of corona infections in all Spanish regions, especially among twenties.

Places like Sitges, Salou and Lloret de Mar may have to deal with a barrier time. Night drinks in parks and beaches are not allowed anymore. โ€œThe situation is very delicate, extremely vulnerable. It is a necessary measure to get the pressure from the health system,โ€ said regional Prime Minister Pere Aragonรจs on television.

Earlier this week in Catalonia, it was decided to allow only public activities until 00:30 a.m., and to ban meetings of more than ten people. They have the judges approval by now.

In the Valencia region, south of Catalonia, a curfew have already been announced for more than 30 cities from 1am to 6am. Thats also the case elsewhere. However, a judge in the Canary Islands rejected a similar proposal on Wednesday.

In Spain, like in the Netherlands and other countries, there is a new corona wave. The number of infections in Spain increased by 26,390 cases on Wednesday. The number of hospital admissions is rising.

20.44 – Waiting time between first and second prick from Monday shorter

People who make a vaccination appointment with the GGD starting Monday have to wait ten days less long for their second shot than they are now. Thats what demissionary health minister Hugo de Jonge said during the Coronade Bat in the House of Representatives. Now between the first and second prick, a break of 35 days is held. Thats 25 days.

The OMT wrote in last Fridays emergency advice that vaccination slots remain open. That means vaccination can be done faster than is happening today. For new appointments, this is possible from Monday.

De Jonge also said that people who have already made an appointment can get the appointment for their second shot forward. He did call people not to call right now. That does happen, and that makes it โ€œa messโ€ at the GGD, says the Minister.

From Friday, 60-64 year olds who have only had their first shot of AstraZeneca can call the GGD for an appointment to get the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine if they want to. Last Monday, the Health Council advised that such a heterogeneous vaccination (two pricks from different brands) is also safe and effective. Since it is not so busy at the puncture streets, the minister expects these people to be quick.

That in some parts of the country, many people from the early sixties still have not been vaccinated by their GP with a second shot of AstraZeneca is not due to deliveries, the Minister said in response to questions from the Christian Union. The latest deliveries arrived at the general practitioners in mid-May so they had a lot of time, says De Jonge. Sometimes, according to him, general practitioners choose not to change the appointment for the second shot. โ€œI really regret that. But I cant speed it up except then make an apple on GP again to put the second shot soon,โ€ says De Jonge. He said that has been done many times.

16.25 โ€” France demonstrations against introduction coronapas

In multiple cities in France, people took to the streets on the national holiday Quatorze Juillet to demonstrate against the coronapas. In Paris, police deployed tear gas at Place de Clichy in the northwest of the city, French media reports. Order troops tried to distract the hundreds of demonstrators. Also demonstrated in Avignon in the south of the country.

The so-called pass sanitary is compulsory in France from 21 July for adults when visiting major events and cultural institutions and in cafes and restaurants as of August, it became known Monday. The pass indicates that someone has been vaccinated, recently tested, or has already had Covid-19. Many French people have big objections to this. The resistance to vaccination is greater than in most other European countries. The obligation for healthcare personnel to get inpopulated is far from good everywhere.

Earlier in the day, a military defilรฉ was held in Paris, where President Emmanuel Macron was driven over the Champs-ร‰lysรฉes in a military vehicle. Theparade did not go on last year because of the corona crisis. There were plenty of restrictions this year. Approximately 5,000 soldiers participated in the parade. Special attention was paid to the international force in Mali and other countries in the Sahel region.

Every year, many destruction arises around the commemoration of the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 and 294 cars were set on fire this year, 78 of which were in Paris. Last year, by the way, there were 35 percent more.

15.55 – Foreign Affairs flooded with questions about holidays

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is flooded with questions from Dutch people who want to go on vacation. The departments call center is โ€œvery busyโ€ because of the corona articles, let a spokeswoman know. The questions are mostly about travel within Europe.

In a normal summer, some 3,000 calls a day arrive at the ministry. That number now ranges from 7500 to 8000, and its also more crowded than last years summer when the coronavirus was already there. Then the call center received an average of 4,000 questions a day

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โ€œMany questions are about the European Digital Corona Certificate,โ€ says the spokeswoman. For example, people want to know what to do if they have only been vaccinated once more. Furthermore, there are many questions about what it takes to enter a particular country.

Many European countries face increasing contagion numbers. This may lead to travel advice adaptation. Holiday countries can also make new demands on Dutch travellers because the number of positive people tested has quickly increased.

The Ministry is pushing people to keep an eye on travel advice in particular. โ€œSituations in countries can change quickly.โ€

Not only is the call center much busier, but the travel website is much more frequently visited. In January, the website received 2.6 million searches, and last month it had risen to 18.4 million. Holidaymakers can find information at wijsopreis.nl

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the crowds have led to additional employees being deployed at the call center. There are three hundred people at work and thats two hundred more than usual.

Travel companies such as Sunweb and Corendon are also being called with questions, turned out this week. Extra people are also used there to help all people.

15.25 โ€” Spanish court: State of emergency due to Covid-19 in violation of Constitution

Spanish High Judges consider that the state of emergency declared in the country for the corona outbreak was contrary to the Constitution.

With the state of emergency, the Spanish government was given the opportunity to make Spaniards stay at home compulsory and close all non-essential businesses. In a message, the Spanish Constitutional Court informs you to come up with more information about the judgment in the coming days.

The state of emergency does not currently apply in Spain; it ended in March.

14.40 โ€” Corona outbreak on British flagship on first world trip

The British Navys new flagship has been hit by a corona outbreak during its first world trip. British media reports about 100 infections have been detected on board the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Corona cases have also been discovered onboard escort vessels.

The aircraft carrier sails the world and visits some forty countries. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says he doesnt see any reason to stop the 28-week world trip early. However, he promises to support the Queen Elizabeth commander, โ€œno matter what decision he makes.โ€

Crew members were presumably infected when they visited Limassol town in Cyprus in early July. There were also numerous dignitaries on board, including President Nicos Anastasiades. The ship is now in the Indian Ocean and will visit Japan as well.

The UK authorities say there is no reason for concern. The crew would have been fully vaccinated and all kinds of precautions were taken on board. For example, crew members have to wear face masks and contact investigations are carried out. There are around 3,700 people in the fleet, 1600 of whom work on board the flagship.

The billion-dollar aircraft carrier left Portsmouth, England in May. According to the BBC, the British government sees the fleet led by HMS Queen Elizabeth as a symbol of โ€œGlobal Britainโ€: a Great Britain that takes a major role on the world stage after Brexit. In the eyes of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it also includes a powerful navy.

14.05 – Infections at festivals in Amsterdam and Venlo

After festivals in Breda and Utrecht were also events in Amsterdam and Venlo infection foci last week. 118 visitors to theChin Chin Festival in Amsterdam later tested positive and 93 people on Stereo Sunday in Venlo later proved to carry the coronavirus. That is in an overview that health minister Hugo de Jonge sent to the House of Representatives.

Both festivals took place on July 2 and 3 and had a visitor capacity of 10,000 people. Access Testing was used at the entrance.

Earlier it was announced that at Verknipt in Utrecht and on Shifshift in Breda, many hundreds of visitors have acquired corona. For the latter, the counter is 423 and in Utrecht there is at least 900 positive tests.

It is not clear if all visitors have contracted the virus at the festivals mentioned. Several people said they had been in other hospitality establishments as well.

People were only allowed to attended the corona-virus-access certificate events. The fact that this system was not waterproof has already been shown in several other places in the country. Tests were allowed to be conducted up to 40 hours in advance, and after full vaccination, no period was required for the vaccine to take effect. This alone made it possible for people carrying the virus to be able to access it anyway. Furthermore, there were stories of QR code rummages.

Because of the explosive rise in the contagion figures, the government has captivated all events where people dont keep a distance again for the time being.

13.40 โ€” Lowlands boss Van Eerdenburg does not find enough support package

Lowlands director Eric van Eerdenburg does not find the additional support measures provided by the cabinet for the event sector. He calls the extra money a โ€œstep in the right direction.โ€ However, although the costs incurred are now largely covered, โ€œthe practice is that you still stay with huge costs yourself, as with any insurance,โ€ says Van Eerdenburg.

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Wednesday, the government announced an additional 135 million euros to support the sector. Organizers can be reimbursed a larger proportion of their costs incurred and the deadline for submitting an application will be extended.

Van Eerdenburg still wants more clarity as to whether events can continue after mid-August. The current measures, where multi-day events are not allowed to continue, are valid until August 14. Lowlands will be from 20 to 22 August this year, which means that the organization of the festival in Biddinghuizen gets clarity less than a week in advance.

Much too short day, says Van Eerdenburg, who previously said to be โ€œblazingโ€. โ€œThey radiate something like: you can see how to fix it. Theyre just dangling the sector. The cabinet is completely detached from reality.โ€

Festival organizer MOJO is pleased that thanks to the new support package, the costs for the arrival of British artists at Lowlands and Down the Rabbit Hole are also compensated when the festivals cannot continue. Artists from outside the European Union fell outside the boat first, which would lead to a high cost, says a spokesperson.

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Wednesday, the government announced an additional 135 million euros for support to the event sector. With this support package, organizers can reimburse a larger proportion of their costs incurred and the deadline for submitting an application will be extended. Also booked artists from outside the European Union are covered by the Guarantee Fund.

โ€œThats really good news. Especially for festivals that cant go ahead, but also for Lowlands and Down the Rabbit Hole, which we hope to continue,โ€ says a mojo saywoman. โ€œThe additional financial risks can now be ensured, such as the costs of non-EU artists.โ€

12.50 โ€” Event builders want clarity about corona infections The

Alliance of Event Builders (VVEM) wants more clarity about corona infections at the Verknipt Festival in Utrecht. At least nine hundred dance party visitors have become infected with the coronavirus. The alliance calls on politics โ€œnot to draw conclusions too quickly, not to steer on incidents and, above all, to investigate more closely.โ€

The event, which took place on July 3 and 4, attracted around 20,000 visitors. In a statement, the festival organization reports that it does not know how the number of infections could be so high. A lot of things had been done to keep the event safe. For example, according to the organization, QR codes and ID documents were rigorously checked. The festival also used time slots to avoid crowds at the entrance and there was a dedicated communication app for visitors. In shuttle buses, face masks were compulsory.

The alliance therefore has questions about the high number of infections. โ€œThese high levels of contagion are at odds with the Fieldlab Events outcomes, whereat 129,300 visitors were 104 possible infections,โ€ states the VVEM, referring to the government test events. โ€œAnd the numbers dont match similar events on the same weekend either. For example, the Harmony of Hardcore event also attended 10,000 visitors a day. At the end of that festival, about 15 people seem to be infected, a totally different figure than the festival in Utrecht.โ€

The event builders point out that it is difficult to determine whether the festival goers were all infected in Utrecht. โ€œThe GGD Utrecht has indicated that many of the visitors to the Verknipt Festival who are infected carried the virus before they were on the festival site. In addition, afterparties took place in various places,โ€ says the VVEM. In addition, there would be too much time between Access Testing and entry to the festival, which is 40 hours. Fieldlab Events advised to keep this at 24 hours.

12.30 – Frisian championship skรปtsjesilen cancelled

Due to the number of new corona cases, the open Frisian championships skรปtsjesilen cannot continue. No spectators should arrive on the banks and on the water, and โ€œshutting down banks and water for the public, even with the deployment of boas police and traffic controllers, seems impossibleโ€, the IFKS organizers say.

The sailing race was scheduled to start at Hindeloopen on August 7th. The seventh and final race was to be held in Lemmer on August 14th. All competitions are located in the municipalities of Sรบdwest-Fryslรขn and De Fryske Marren. The IFKS board consulted the mayors of those two municipalities on Tuesday. They advised to revoke the competition. โ€œNo matter how awful we find it, our board now has no choice but not to let the 2021 championships go on.โ€

09.00 – Polling: majority Dutch for ban on travel to orange area

Government should no longer allow vacations to areas that have been given the color orange in the travel advice, a majority (58 percent) of people who participated in a I&O poll commissioned by DecceIT. At present, that would mean that holidays in most of Spain and parts of Portugal should be captivated. The government does not recommend traveling to those countries because corona seizes around it, but its not forbidden. 2129 respondents participated in the poll.

Mainland Spain has code orange, for the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands that is still code yellow. For Portugal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has put the popular Algarve and Lisbon regions and its surroundings on orange. If you travel back to the Netherlands from there, you need to show a corona proof. So someone must have been fully vaccinated, had a negative test or recovered from a previous infection. Quarantine is no longer required.

Over the past few weeks hundreds of Dutch people have come back from the two countries, especially from Spain. Of the people who tested positive last week, 794 had been in that country in the last two weeks, RIVM figures showed Tuesday. This number is rising rapidly. It was 89 percent higher than a week earlier. Of the new infections 333 have been traced back to Portugal.

A large majority (70 percent) of the people who participated in the poll support the recent closure of nightclubs and nightclubs in the Netherlands. They had to close again because of the explosive rise in corona cases. The fact that festivals and events are no longer able for the time being, has 58% support. A minority of 31 percent is for reintroducing face mask duty in stores and other interior spaces.

Looking back, 54 percent now believe that the latest easing of the corona-virus measures were irresponsible. There was a lot of support for that at the moment itself. By now, 41 percent in general are for even further tightening, 37 percent want to keep the rules as they are today. A minority of 11% wants to relax further, 9% want all measures to be released.

07.00 โ€” Sydney extends lockdown by at least two weeks, border stays closed

Sydney will stay in lockdown for at least two weeks longer, at least until July 30, New South Wales State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced Wednesday. The lockdown fits in with the Australian Covid Zero Strategy that the authorities intend to completely eradicate the transfer of corona infections.

Most Sydney residents are allowed to leave home for sports, shopping, work, or health reasons. But the schools are closed and people are encouraged to stay home. Prime Minister Berejiklian did not exhibit more stringent restrictions when the number of casescontinues to rise.

Australias largest city is already in the third lockdown week to control a Delta-driven coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday 97 new infections were recorded, ten more than the day before.

The latest COVID-19 outbreak in Australia began mid-June and has grown to 864 cases since then. Twenty people are currently in intensive care, two have died. The total death toll on the continent is officially below a thousand, with a population of about 25 million people.

Australia was praised for its early approach to the pandemic, but the slow implementation of the vaccination program has left a significant proportion of the population unprotected, just as much of the world gently reopens.

The Australian border has been largely closed since March 2020 and is probably not going to open this year.

07.30 – Sint Maarten continues longer with the vaccination program

Sint Maarten continues longer with the Covid-19 vaccination program, allowing people to enter one of the vaccination centres on the island without an appointment. At the end of May, the government stated that the number of people who signed up was relatively small and that from August 1, people could only be pricked after making an appointment. It would also have to be paid for a vaccination.

The number of vaccinations is still not high, 23,365 people have received vaccinations until Monday. Thats just over half of the target of 85 percent of the adult population. But in recent days, interest has risen remarkably. The government held pop-ups in central places on Friday and Saturday, with nearly eight hundred people in total.

Due to this sudden increase, and due to the presence of the infectious delta variant on the island, Tuesday decided to extend the period of free vaccinations and walk-ins. Anyone over the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated yet will be called on to get a first shot in the next three weeks. More pop-ups will also be held.

06.00 โ€” Los Angeles allocates record amount for tackling homeless crisis

Los Angeles has budget a record amount of $527.1 million (447.5 million euros) for 2022 to combat the growing homeless crisis in the city. The money will be spent on social work, housing and homelessness prevention initiatives.

The number of homeless people in the Los Angeles Municipality rose by 13 percent to 66,436 people in 2020, even before the pandemic, on a population of more than ten million. This year, due to the pandemic, a census was abandoned, but it is generally assumed that afterwards – due to the same pandemic – the number of homeless people increased further.

Los Angeles sometimes takes controversial measures to tackle widespread homelessness. For example, homeless camps around central Echo Park Lake were cleared up earlier this year, an action that led to many protests. On April 21, a federal judge ordered the municipality to provide a form of shelter or housing for the more than 4600 residents of the well-known Skid Row tent camp by October.