The coronavirus continues to hold the world in its grip. Vaccination is delayed, while entrepreneurs still sigh under the lockdown measures. Uncertainty about the variants — and the impact on protection — is the subject of debate. Elections for the Dutch House of Representatives are also taking part in the Netherlands.
Read the most important coronan news of today.
7400 new positives last 24 hours, highest number since early January
De Jonge: in the course of next week vaccinations with AstraZeneca
Dutch as subjects for American vaccine
22.15 hrs – Cabinet ‘puts extra in’ on information about AstraZeneca
The Cabinet is going to give more information about AstraZeneca, because this vaccine will be pricked again from next week. The Netherlands stopped taking Astrazeneca vaccines for a while because there were concerns after reports of cases of thrombosis. The College for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (CBG) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) say that the vaccine is safe.
This is going to bring extra attention to the cabinet, so that many people do not doubt its safety and perhaps refuse a shot. Earlier, demissionary minister Tamara van Ark (Medical Care) said that there will be no extra campaign.
At Rijksoverheid.nl, the cabinet gives the floor to two health care staff, both of whom receive an Astrazeneca vaccination. One of the two women being staged has already had a first shot. CBG Chairman Ton de Boer explains in the press release why Dutch people do not have to worry. According to coronaminister Hugo de Jonge, “there will be extra efforts in the coming time on good information.”
8 p.m. – British Prime Minister Johnson pricked with Astrazeneca vaccine
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had his first coronaprik. The politician, as he had previously announced, was vaccinated with AstraZeneca‘s vaccine.
Johnson received the vaccine at the London hospital where he was treated because of Covid-19, and the 56-year-old Prime Minister himself became infected with the coronavirus almost a year ago. The Prime Minister didn’t have to go on a ventilator, but he was given oxygen because he had difficulty breathing.
The Prime Minister stated to the media present in the hospital that he felt “literally nothing” of the coronaprik. “It was very good, very fast,” he said. He also advised people to vaccinate when it comes to their turn. “Go get the shot. That‘s what’s best for you, your family and all other people.”
For his contagion, he received criticism of how he handled the coronacrisis. For example, a few weeks before his infection he had shaken hands during a working visit to a hospital, also with coronapatics. After hospitalization, his posture changed.
19:40 – Germany will use vaccine Sputnik-V upon approval of EMA
Germany will use the Russian coronavaccin Sputnik-V if approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany should use all vaccines allowed on the European market.
Merkel also says that the German authorities themselves will buy doses if the European Union does not do so. All vaccines for the European Union are currently purchased through the European Commission. Since Russia came with Sputnik-V, some countries initially reacted skeptically.
Since 4 March, the EMA has been looking at Sputnik-V with an accelerated procedure, which means that the research results are being studied before the dossier is complete. Because the experts have already been read before the latest data are submitted, they can decide more quickly whether the vaccine will be authorised in the European Union.
19.15 – WHO expects report on coronavirus origin next week
The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the report on the occurrence of the coronavirus to be published next week. The research report was supposed to be made public at the beginning of this week, but it was postponed by at least one week.
For the study, experts went to the Chinese Wuhan to find out how the virus originated. The Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans was also there. At the end of the field research in China, a press conference was already held. There it was said by a Chinese researcher that the virus could have several sources, but that it probably originates from animals.
Scientists who did not participate have criticized the research, because data released by the Chinese government would have been working only on data that is not independent.
18.50 – Ireland resumed vaccinations with AstraZeneca
Ireland is going to vaccinate people again with AstraZeneca‘s much-discussed coronavaccin. The country stopped thereSunday as a precaution because of possible side effects.
Within a few days, vaccinations with the drug are resumed. Invited guests are called upon by the health authorities to take advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves against Covid-19. “The best vaccine one can get is the first vaccine they can get.”
Ireland is following the resumption of the updated opinion of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday. It says that the vaccine is “safe and effective”. However, the supervisor continues to investigate the reports of vaccinees with blood clots and a reduced number of platelets, which is why many European countries suspend vaccinations with AstraZeneca.
18.20 – More than 1 million coronadodes in Europe
Europe is the first continent where more than 1 million people have officially died of coronavirus, reports Reuters on the basis of its own census. According to the press agency, 1,000,062 Europeans died of Covid-19.
The United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, Spain and France have the most infestations and coronadodes in Europe. According to the news agency, the 51 countries that Reuters counts have registered 35.5% of global coronadodes. 30.5% of all registered infections were in Europe.
Not all statistics websites report that there are more than 1 million coronadodes in Europe. Often different institutes use different data, so the number of infections, deaths and vaccinees is not always the same.
The actual number of infections and deaths worldwide is likely to be higher. This is because not everyone with complaints wants or can get tested. In addition, at the beginning of the coronapandemic, countries were only able to carry out corona-virus tests.
17.20 – WHO: benefits vaccine AstraZeneca outweigh disadvantages
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the benefits of AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine outweigh the disadvantages that some side effects may have. Data known to WHO do not show that there is an increased risk of complications such as thrombosis or a lower platelet count.
“The drug has great potential to prevent infections and deaths around the world,” writes WHO in a statement. Several European countries, including the Netherlands, recently stopped taking the vaccine temporarily due to possible side effects such as blood clots. Following a positive opinion from the European Medicines Council (EMA) on Thursday, almost all countries decided to use it again. Only Denmark, Norway, Sweden and since Friday Finland temporarily do not use the drug.
17.00 hrs – Finland suspends use AstraZeneca
Finland interrupts, as a precaution, the administration of AstraZeneca corona vaccine to investigate two cases of complications with blood clots. This was reported by the National Health Service (THL). Adverse reactions occurred between four and ten days after the injection.
The Swedish-British vaccine has just been approved by the European Medicines Agency EMA, after its use had been stopped in many other countries due to some complications with blood clots. The World Health Organization (WHO) also indicated that the benefits outweigh possible side effects.
Finland reinstates the drug ‘if there is more clear about the relationship between the blood clots and the vaccine’, says the Health Service.
According to THL, the blood clots are “very rare.” Finnish media write on the basis of a press conference from the Health Service that it is not yet certain whether the complications are due to the vaccine. People who have already been vaccinated with the drug should not worry.
According to THL, the temporary withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine has no significant effect on the national vaccination plan. Wherever possible, people who have already made an appointment are vaccinated with another drug.
15.55 hrs – French Prime Minister gets coronavaccin from AstraZeneca
French Prime Minister Jean Castex received his first dose of AstraZeneca‘s coronavaccin. This happened on Friday, the day when France restarted using the British Swedish pharmaceutical product after a brief suspension.
The 55-year-old politician got his shot in a military hospital near Paris. The inoculation of Castex was seen live on television, trying to restore public confidence in the Astrazeneca vaccine.
The AstraZeneca vaccine was not used for several days in France because of concerns about clot formation and a reduced platelet count in vaccinees. Now that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has again given a positive opinion, vaccinations have resumed in the country.
The possible side effectsoccurred in Europe mainly in people under 55 years of age. The French health authorities have therefore decided, as a precaution, that only older people will receive the vaccine in question.
13.49 – France: Astrazeneca vaccine only for people over 55
The French health authorities recommend giving the Astrazeneca vaccine only to elderly people from 55 years of age. This has been decided because of reports of a combination of clot formation and a reduced platelet count in vaccinees.
Within Europe, several dozen cases of vaccinees with these rare diseases are known. Most of these people are under 55 years of age. Although it has not been proven to be side effects of the Astrazeneca vaccine, France will only administer it to older people as a precaution.
The possible side effects led to several European countries, including France, temporarily suspending the use of the vaccine. The vaccinations with AstraZeneca were resumed in France after a few days after a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which spoke on Thursday of a ‘safe and effective‘ vaccine.
12.47 p.m. – Denmark insists on stopping vaccination AstraZeneca
Denmark is not yet going to vaccinate people with AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine. The European Medicine Watchdog EMA ruled on Thursday that the benefits of the vaccine are greater than its potential risks, and the Danish health services will assess in the coming days what that conclusion means to their vaccination programme.
Last week Denmark was the first country to stop using the vaccine altogether due to concerns about possible side effects. Several European countries, including the Netherlands, followed that example. After the EMA stressed that the Astrazeneca vaccine is safe and effective, many countries decided to reinstate it.
However, the Danish authorities are reluctant. The decision to suspend vaccination provisionally remains in force, reports the Danish Health Authority. It points out that the European Supervisor could not rule out the link between rare complications and the vaccine.
It is not only Danes that it is too early to resume vaccination. Sweden and Norway are also holding on to their vaccination stop. “Vaccination with AstraZeneca will remain still until we have a complete picture of the situation,” said the head of Norwegian Health Service NIPH on Thursday.
12.30 hrs – Government guarantee for costs of events from 1 July
From 1 July, the government will largely guarantee the costs incurred if a concert, festival, sports competition or congress cannot continue due to corona restrictions. For this purpose, the demissionary cabinet sets aside EUR 385 million.
Because of the coronacrisis, most events could not take place last year. The costs were in many cases covered by cancellation insurance, but in the meantime insurers have removed this possibility. The financial risks involved in an event are therefore too powerful for many organisers.
Secretary of State Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs) and Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Culture) therefore come up with a regulation to deal with these risks. In case of cancellation, entrepreneurs are reimbursed 80 percent of the costs, for the remaining 20 percent they can get a loan.
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It is expected that in early July all adults wishing to be vaccinated have had at least one shot. The Cabinet assumes that many of the restrictive measures against the coronavirus can be eased, although it is‘ unthinkable ‘that events will then be possible as for corona.
“Not only the organisers, but also the audience craves again for a concert, a festival, a football match,” says Keijzer. But planning it takes time and brings a lot of uncertainty at the moment. “With the guarantee provided by this regulation, we want to remove that uncertainty.”
10.15 a.m. – Paris runs out after lockdown announcement
Shortly after the announcement by French Prime Minister Jean Castex that a new lockdown will be introduced in sixteen departments, including the region of Paris, a rush on train tickets has emerged in the French capital. It quickly became impossible to book a place on a train to Brittany or the southwest. The last available place were in the first class on expensive, long train trips with detours.
On Friday it is no longer possible to go by train to Rennes or Biarritz, for example, France‘s media notes. Also the planes to Corsica, for example, are full. Almost all departments where the stricter lockdown will apply are in the north, of the Paris regionto the English Channel and the Belgian border.
The restrictions have to be imposed for at least four weeks in the sixteen departments because, according to Castex, the coronavirus has recently been on the rise. Schools remain open, but all non-essential shops with the exception of bookstores must be closed. People have to stay within 10 kilometers of their home during the lockdown. Travel to other regions is not allowed.
In France, a curfew is already in effect from 6 p.m., but from Saturday, one week before the introduction of summer time, it starts an hour later. In the region around Nice and around Dunkirk in the northwest there has been a weekend lockdown for several weeks.
10.00 am – General practitioner refers more and more often
General practitioners referred their patients to hospitals and clinics as often last week as they would have done without coronacrisis. That’s the first time since last summer. This reports the Dutch Zorautoriteit (NZa).
According to the organization, the increase may also mean that people with health complaints visit the GP earlier. Previously, health organizations insisted on people to continue reporting complaints.
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Acute and semi-acute care is fully available in all hospitals. Care that must take place within six weeks is now available in 79 percent of hospitals. In the remaining 21 percent, this care can be partly provided.
With care that can wait more than six weeks without major consequences, it is different. This planable care is partly available in 82 percent of hospitals and only 8 percent of it is complete.
The operating capacity is also still lower than the normal number of operating rooms available.
05.13 a.m. – Number of new coronas in Germany remained virtually the same
The number of new coronas detected in Germany in the last 24 hours is almost the same as one day before. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of RIVM, reported 17,482 new infections on Friday morning. On Thursday, the RKI reported 17,504 new infections, the biggest increase in a 24 hours since January 22.
In total, 2,629,750 people in Germany have now been tested positively for the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the RKI warned that there is another exponential growth in the number of coronavirus infections in Germany. The number increased by about 20 percent last week compared to a week earlier. RKI epidemiologist Dirk Brockmann speaks of a third wave. The recently deployed eases would speed them up.
In the last 24 hours another 226 Germans died from the effects of Covid-19, bringing the total official number of coronadodes in Germany to 74,358.
05:16 a.m. – More than 2700 coronadodes in Brazil, the second deadliest day
In Brazil, 2724 new coronadodes were registered on Thursday, reports the Brazilian Ministry of Health. It means the second deadliest day for the country since the coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, a record number of more than 2800 Brazilians who died within 24 hours from the effects of Covid-19 was reported.
A further 86,982 new coronavirus infections were detected on Thursday. On Wednesday, the local authorities reported a record number of more than 90,000 infections. In total, around 11.7 million lung virus infections have already been detected in Brazil. Both the Brazilian death toll and the number of infections are the second highest in the world, in both cases behind the United States.
Thursday it was announced that the German Air Force will fly eighty resuscitators to Brazil to assist the country in the treatment of patients. The country of 214 million inhabitants currently has more than 8300 people who have been hospitalized in critical condition as a result of corona infection. 1.1 million people are infected but not very ill.
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Brazil has approximately 66,000 intensive units divided between public health and private health institutions. However, in the vast country, the numbers of ic equipment prescribed by the federal health authorities are not available everywhere.
Although mutated variants are in the wrong direction with the epidemic in Brazil, right-wing populist president Jair Bolsonaro continues to play down the seriousness of the virus. On Wednesday, Bolsonaro said he was glad that his supporters are demonstrating against rules around keeping distance.