For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been held in control by the coronavirus blown over from China. Countries are waking up from lockdowns and restrictive measures. More and more people have been vaccinated or have gone through the disease. Whats happening today? Follow the latest news here.
This article will be updated during the day.
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In about three-quarters of general practitioners, the turnout for coronaprik seems to be over 70 percent. The Landelijke Huisartsen Vereniging (LHV) estimates that based on what it hears from the general practitioners. A “worrying “number.
General practitioners started vaccination with AstraZeneca in mid-February, especially from people aged 60 to 64 and so-called high-risk patients.
The turnout is very wide. “From 30 percent to 95 percent and everything in between.” The organization has no hard figures. Nevertheless, the club thinks that one fifth of the practices was even more than 90 percent turnout. However, in a few percent of practices, turnout is only between 30% and 50%.
According to the association, the lack of puncture by patients of certain practices and in certain neighborhoods is worrying. “Hopefully, many people will take advantage of the possibility to get vaccinated after all.”
19.00 – Ambulance staff may save leave for sabbatical or pension
All ambulance workers, regardless of their age, have the opportunity to save 100 weeks leave during their careers. They can decide for themselves when and for what they want to use this leave, for example for a sabbatical or to retire earlier.
This reports FNV Zorg en Welfare, who, together with CNV Zorg en Welfare, has made agreements with employers about new schemes within the framework of the pension agreement: the voluntary departure scheme, the vitality pact scheme and thus the time-saving scheme.
The Vitality Pact scheme allows employees aged 62 to start working fewer hours per week. The voluntary departure scheme will allow workers on the front lines, such as drivers, to stop working completely from the age of 64. They can then receive a contribution from the employer.
18.30 – Cabinet extends Corona Support package for the cultural sector
Also in the third quarter of this year the cultural sector can count on corona support. Demissionary Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Education and Culture) writes in a letter to the House of Representatives that the government extends the support package and allocates a total of more than 147 million euros for this.
€25 million of the money goes directly to makers and €51.5 million is available for local and regional culture. Institutions in the so-called basic infrastructure, such as the Groninger Museum or festival Oerol, and institutions with grants through the Heritage or cultural funds will receive 45 million euros. Since they are already receiving subsidies, they do not have to submit an additional application, but they will automatically receive the money in July this year.
The previous aid package, worth EUR 414 million, ran from 1 January to 30 June this year. Over €2 billion has now gone to art and culture to reduce the coronaschade in the sector. This is without the income support for the self-employed, including the Tozo. The current retirement age in the Netherlands increased to 68 years in 2018.
17.26 – Little animo for student for self-test in higher education
The animo among students for free self-tests in higher education is not large, reports the General Education Association (AoB). “The interest is also disappointing at special rapid test locations: in Groningen the test street will close”, says the largest education union in the Netherlands.
The union points out that about 789,000 students and 106,000 employees can order self-tests. But until last Monday, students placed only 213,000 orders. In the case of employees, the counter is 53,000. “Roughly half of the employees and a third of the students have applied for the tests. And then they still have to use it: stick in your nose, twist, drip and wait,” says the Education Association.
One of the reasons for the low test readiness, according to the AoB, is that testing is not mandatory. “Whether or not testing has no noticeable consequences, and by far most self-tests are negative. Then students obviously lose the motivation.”
Since May 5, students can order the self-tests for free at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. The tests are designed to make education safer.
16.10 – Malta reports first day withoutCoronas infestations
Malta did not register new coronavirus cases on Sunday for the first time in a small year, reports the Ministry of Health. That had not occurred since 25 July last year.
The small EU country has only 72 cases of disease thanks to a vigorous vaccination programme. Approximately three-quarters of the half million inhabitants have received at least one vaccine dose, which, according to health officials, means that the island has reached group immunity. More than 235,000 inhabitants have been fully vaccinated according to the Ministry.
Since March last year, the island has registered 30,571 cases of Covid-19. 419 people died after a coronavirus infection.
Cafés in Malta were able to reopen their doors for the first time since October. Since June 1, tourists are welcome again, provided they can submit a negative test result when they get on the plane.
16.09 – Premier Modi: coronavaccin free for all Indians over 18 years
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday in a television speech that all adult Indians can be vaccinated against corona for free from June 21. The federal government will also take over the vaccination policy from the Länder.
According to the current policy, the federal government provides free vaccinations only to the elderly and important emergency workers. Vaccination of adults between 18 and 45 years of age is left to the Länder and private hospitals, who are entitled to apply for compensation.
Under the new policy, private hospitals will also play a role in vaccinating, Modi said in his speech. A quarter of all vaccines will be distributed through private hospitals to those who prefer it, for which they may charge a fee of up to 150 Indian rupees (1.70 euros).
Currently, about 180 million Indians, or 14 percent of the population, have received a first dose of a corona vaccine. 45 million people (3.4 percent) have received two doses.
On Monday, India registered over 100,000 new infections. In May, there were more than 400,000 daily. The number of deaths is also falling. In the last 24 hours, 2500 deaths were reported. The Indian Ministry of Health estimates the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is just under 350,000. In reality, significantly more deaths would have occurred.
14.56 Queues of puncture sites due to nationwide GGD malfunction
GD systems are confronted with a national malfunction on Monday, a spokesman for umbrella organisation GGGD GHOR Nederland has confirmed following reports by RTV Noord. Because of this, there are delays in processing data at puncture sites.
Due to the disturbance, queues have been created at a number of vaccination sites, including the Martiniplaza in Groningen and AFAS Live in Amsterdam-Zuidoost.
14.15 – In three months everyone between 12 and 18 years of age
According to André Rouvoet, chairman of the GGD-GHOR, it is feasible that the Netherlands will have completed vaccination by the beginning of September. “My expectation is that if we use the 12 to 18 year olds in a sensible way, we could also prick this group in
the same timeframe,” says André Rouvoet on Radio 1. refused, this weekend made an appointment. According to Rouvoet, it is likely that we will be able to carry out the vaccination campaign in September. “It doesnt scare us when the minister says we can finish.”
14.09 – Moderna also asks for approval vaccine for teenagers
Also Moderna wants his coronavaccin to be administered to European children 12 years of age and older. The company has requested permission from the regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Amsterdam.
That guard dog previously approved Pfizer and BionTech vaccine for teenagers. Several European countries have now decided to vaccinate 12 people over the age of 12. The Netherlands is waiting for a decision until the Health Council has delivered its opinion on it.
Moderna has also asked Canada to approve the vaccine for children, and this authorisation will also be applied for in the United States.
In the last trials, approximately 2500 children from 12 to 17 years of age received the Moderna vaccine. None of them contracted the coronavirus. In addition, they did not get serious side effects, it was limited to, among other things, headaches, fatigue and pain at the puncture site.
12.37 – Inspection does not yet maintain in schools that do not fully open
the Education Inspectorate has not yet intervened against secondary schools which, by agreement, do not yet fully open. “We continue to discuss content withthe school boards, thats always been the line,” says a spokesman. The inspection does not have an “exact overview” at the moment.
Since Monday, secondary education has been obliged to receive all pupils back to school every day. Students no longer need to keep a distance from each other, but from the staff. Exceptions are sometimes allowed, for example when a school reports a lot of coronavirus infections.
According to the Ministry of Education, at least 95 percent of secondary schools are fully open again, as the Cabinet wants. “Thats an estimate,” explains the spokesperson for the inspection. In conversations with schools, the inspection emphasises that a full return to school is good for the social well-being of the pupils and for the quality of education.
Nevertheless, the Rietlanden in Lelystad, ISG Arcus and Schoolencommunity choose not to fully open. “Students go to school half days and get lessons in half classes, which we do not want to change for the last couple of weeks”, says spokesman for the three schools Rhody Matthijs.
Amstelveen College also gives partly online lessons because the school wants to adhere to an existing program. In addition, the school, like the schools in Lelystad, doubts whether pupils test themselves preventive twice a week, as the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) advises.
The schools have had contact with the Inspectorate of Education. “A parent has filed a complaint following our decision,” said the spokesman for the schools in Lelystad. “There will be another conversation with the inspection, but there was understanding for our choice.” The Amstelveen College also had contact with the inspection, which asked the school to discuss the issue again internally.
For the past three months, most students were only allowed to go to school physically one day a week. The rest of the education they followed from home.
11.59 – People with the year 85 and 86 are the turn of vaccination
Everyone born in 1985 or 1986 can make an appointment for vaccination against the coronavirus from Monday. It concerns more than 239,000 people who receive PFIZER/BionTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine at the time of the prick.
It may be that some people from 1985 and 1986 have already been vaccinated because they work in health care or because they are at a medical risk and have therefore been given priority. They can throw away the new invitation.
Last week, people from 1979 to 1984 were already invited. The week before, people from 1969 to 1978 were able to make an appointment.
The GGD has opened 140 vaccination sites where people can go for vaccination. The Cabinet hopes that by mid-July every adult who wants to have had a first shot. The last generation was born in 2003. So far more than 10 million first and second shots have been made.
The government wanted to finish the first round of punctures before the beginning of July, but this is somewhat delayed. According to De Jonge, this is because vaccine manufacturer Janssen can supply far fewer doses than expected for the time being. Subsequently, the cabinet decided not to plan any new Janssen pricks at all for the time being. That could lead to a weeks delay at most.
11.49 – The EU Member State Slovakia is also taking Russian coronavaccin into use
Slovakia started as the second EU country on Monday to vaccinate citizens with the Russian coronavaccin Sputnik-V. A man from the industrial city of Žilina came first in according to local media. “I was really waiting for Sputnik-V,” he shimmered.
Slovakia is following the example of Hungary with the vaccination campaign, which already put the Russian drug into use in February. At the time Prime Minister Igor Matovic had ordered 200,000 doses of the coronav vaccine in Moscow. He did so without consulting his coalition partners, and that was highly critical to him. Matovic finally resigned as Prime Minister.
Sputnik-V is already used in many places worldwide, but many countries in the European Union are still waiting for a while. The European Medicines Agency, the EU vaccine guard dog, has not yet approved the drug. Slovakia is going to vaccinate people in the 18-60 age group on a voluntary basis with the Russian coronav vaccine. According to local media, interest has been disappointing so far.
10.30 – 21,000 sixty people chose another coronavaccin
This weekend 21,000 people aged 60 to 64 years old who did not take Astrazeneca prick made an appointment for a coronavaccination with Moderna or Pfizer. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport announced this Monday morning. The ministry found it “exciting” whether many people would report for the shot, butinterest seems to be too easy.
Since this weekend, people from this age group who have not yet been vaccinated can make a new appointment. The million sixties are eager to get their shot, the RIVM concluded earlier on the basis of research: the vaccination readiness is about 90 percent. But to what extent they also wanted the means of AstraZeneca is still unclear.
This is because these vaccinations have been administered by the general practitioners and not all these vaccinations have yet been registered in the central system of the RIVM. According to the Ministry, the fact that the number of new appointments has turned out rather low this weekend means that people have simply accepted their invitation to an Astrazeneca prick. That is also right, emphasises a spokesman. The agent has proved effective and safe after extensive research. Serious side effects are very rare.
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The Ministry does not think that the number of new appointments is so low because people who qualify for them do not know they can be vaccinated. There has been a lot of media attention lately, the spokesman argues. Furthermore, the Ministry sends letters with “reminders” to all target groups, but they are issued in order of age, like the first invitations. The group of 60 to 64 year olds will receive such a letter at the earliest at the end of this month.
The additional possibility for 60 to 64 year olds means in principle that younger groups will come later, but this influence seems to be limited due to the small number of applications. From Monday afternoon, people born in 1985 and 1986 can make an appointment. Several times a week, new birth years are added.
The RIVM does not want to draw any conclusions on the number of new appointments and is waiting for a while in the coming days.
9.01 – Hundreds of thousands of vaccinations not yet processed in database
Hundreds of thousands of Dutch people are still waiting to register their coronavaccination in the central RIVM system, reports the AD. This will soon be needed to easily travel with the coronapas gate. The Landelijke Huisartsvereniging urged RIVM to come up with a solution quickly.
Five months after the start of the Dutch vaccination campaign, CIMS, fully the COVID vaccination Information and Monitoring system, is still facing major delays in registration. According to a spokesman for the RIVM, it is estimated that 82.4 percent of the pricks taken have been processed in the central database. Out of a total of nearly 10 million vaccinations, this means that there are a small 1.8 million vaccinations out of the system.
Especially among general practitioners and healthcare institutions, the problems are great; only about 60 percent of the pricks made are already registered there in CIMS, the RIVM estimates. The GGD is doing a lot better.
8.54 – Chaos in Portugal through mass exodus British holidaymakers
A massive exodus of British holidaymakers has led to chaotic conditions in Portugal. The British Government recently announced that Portugal should be removed from the green list of countries not subject to quarantine obligation. That means British tourists will have to spend ten days in self-isolation if they are not back in their homeland by Tuesday morning.
Returning British have to be tested first, and that often turns out to be difficult. According to The Times, test locations were robbed by the sudden rush of holidaymakers who wanted to go home. The British were faced with waiting times of four hours at a test street near Faro airport. Many other locations were closed on Sunday.
“ There were many people who struggled to arrange tests. I sat on the phone for about four hours Thursday and Friday to find a test location,” complained a 50-year-old woman, who was on vacation with her husband and daughters holiday in Portugal. For that three-day trip, the family had to spend more than 500 pounds (580 euros) on corona-virus artists.
The sudden adjustment of travel policies causes dissatisfaction both in Portugal and in the United Kingdom. Transport Minister Grant Shapps reportedly wanted to give holidaymakers more time to get home, but some colleagues were opposed to that, according to The Times sources. The Portuguese Prime Minister then stated that he was not talking about the abrupt decision of the British Government.
Last weekend the top man of industry organisation Airlines UK also reacted disgruntling. Tim Alderslade reproined the government for a lack of transparency. “We dont know under what conditions countries go from green to orange and back to green,” he said. “Its hard to see how we can have another summer season if theyre going to do this on a weekly basis.”
6.55 – Mayorsdiscuss progress corona without ministers
The Security Council of the 25 mayors who are chairmen of a security region will discuss on Monday in Utrecht how the corona measures are going. No ministers are present at the discussion this time. Normally Minister of Justice Ferd Grapperhaus joins every week and often coronaminister Hugo de Jonge.
Since the weekend, the catering industry is allowed to stay open longer in the evening and theatres and museums open again. The Cabinet would consider making further simplifications at the end of this month. Mayors are discussing how things went over the weekend with the maintenance of the relaxed measures. The discussion will probably also include the spontaneous parties of groups of young people, which have been held in numerous places since the weather is nice. The police cannot act every night against this phenomenon.
If further simplifications of coronation policy are introduced from the end of June, mayors will probably not meet weekly in the summer months.
6.45 – German doctors expect Monday run on coronavaccins
All Germans from 12 years are eligible for a coronavaccin from Monday. Doctors expect that people will then massively try to make a vaccination appointment. They call on their compatriots to be patient if they do not get their turn right away.
Germany previously worked with a priority system when vaccinating. Certain groups were given priority access to corona vaccines, for example due to their age, work or medical problems. That system is now coming to an end and that means that virtually anyone can report to be vaccinated. From Monday onwards, young people in the 12-16 age group are also concerned.
Some Germans who are eagerly looking forward to a vaccine have to take into account a disappointment. Doctors organizations have warned in the media that not everyone can be pricked immediately. Waiting lists may arise because not enough vaccines are in stock to meet demand.
6.35 – Secondary schools must open their doors again
All secondary schools must open their doors on Monday. However, the question is whether all schools will do so. The Inspectorate of Education received dozens of reports that schools do not like reopening. The inspection does not yet have a clear overview of how many schools will open completely and how many will not.
When the number of coronavirus infections is reduced, the Cabinet decided that secondary education should also be fully reopened. Last week, schools were allowed to receive all their pupils every day. From next Monday, that is mandatory.
Some of the schools feel that such a change causes too much turmoil at the end of the school year. There are also doubts about the feasibility of preventive testing of a significant proportion of pupils and teachers. They should do a self-test twice a week, as advised by the Outbreak Management Team (OMT).
From a tour of DeccEit among schools it emerged earlier that the vast majority does open the doors. Some 9 in 10 schools are already fully open, or will open Monday.7 percent of the schools surveyed do not open completely. Part of it continues the current schedule; another part increases the number of physical lessons, but does not go back to the old situation. Some schools still have doubts about what theyre going to do.
6.30 – All GDs stamp coronaprikken in yellow booklets
From Monday all GDs put a stamp in the yellow inoculation booklets of the vaccinees who ask for this at the puncture site. Many GDs have already done that, but not all of them.
Last week it was announced that all GDs will be stamping from Monday. After that message on Thursday, 50,000 yellow books were ordered from publisher SDU on the same day. A number of GGDen already started stamping on Friday.
The vaccination booklet of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) has been in circulation for years and is mainly used by people who travel a lot. Certain countries also require pricks against certain diseases, which can be demonstrated by the booklet.
People who have already been vaccinated can also get a stamp if they want to. To do this, they need to move to a separate location in most regions with their vaccination registration and the yellow booklet. At the end of last week, it was not clear for many regions which location this is.
The GGD advises people to keep the registration card of the pricks with the booklet.