For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been held in control by the coronavirus blown over from China. How soon do we know how to vaccinate our way out of this crisis? Follow the latest news here.
This article will be updated during the day.
Ordinary rules also apply this King‘s Day, no additional enforcement
ICs record 57 new coronation patients, much more than Monday
How dangerous is the Indian variant?
Virologists appalled by King’s Day crowds: ‘A fat middle finger’
Tonight (for now) last curfew
23:00 – “Google Privacy Issues with Coronamelder Apps”
Coronamelder apps from multiple countries have to do with privacy issues caused by Google. The Internet company created a blueprint for Coronamelder apps, which is used by the Netherlands and many other countries, and that would be the problem, reports American tech medium The Markup.
According to the website, apps that are standard on the Android operating system can access data from the Coronamelder apps. It would be the sensitive health data of people who have contacted someone else‘s app via bluetooth if they were nearby and then infected with the coronavirus. These data should only be anonymous, but they do not seem to be stored anonymously, even though this is not the intention.
Google said to do something about it before, but it wouldn’t have happened yet. The problems have been known to Google for a while. Whether the data has been misused is not known.
22:00 – Vaccinees US are allowed to go outside without a mouthcap
Corona vaccinated people in the United States don‘t have to wear a mouthcap in public, as long as they avoid large crowds. The American health organization CDC announced this new directive on Tuesday. Without nose and mouth cover, vaccinees can now eat, walk or stay in small groups.
Two weeks after your last shot, you can start with a lot of things you couldn’t do anymore because of the pandemic, says the CDC. A mouthcap remains necessary at concerts, parades or major sporting events, even outdoors.
According to President Biden, the United States has now made ‘amazing’ progress in combating the coronavirus. More than 215 million times have been pricked. The number of infections and deaths has declined. The figures are “dramatically lower than they were when I took place,” says Biden.
19:00 – Belgian mayors: resist the call of Dutch terraces
Mayors of Belgian Limburg call on their inhabitants to resist the temptation of the Dutch terraces. They will open a limited number on Wednesday, while the reopening in Belgium is scheduled for Saturday 8 May. Because of the coronacs figures, the border municipalities are worried that their inhabitants will cross the border from Wednesday for a visit to Maastricht, for example.
Coronac figures in the Maasland are not good, both on the Belgian and Dutch side. The mayors fear that terraced goers will aggravate the situation. Coronaminister Hugo de Jonge said last week that he would rather not see Belgian terraced goers coming.
Marino Cologne, citizen father of Lanaken, says that looking for the dangers is not a good idea. Lanaken is one of the most heavily infected municipalities in the country. “Here it is bad, and in the Netherlands and Maastricht it is not much better.”
His colleague of Maasmechelen, Raf Terwingen, holds his heart a bit, he says. “The infections in Maasmechelen are still extremely high, let that be clear. It is therefore wise for Dutch people not to come to Belgium.”
Mark Vos, mayor of Riemst, also strongly advises the Belgians not to go to the Netherlands. It is above all a question of avoiding crowds, he says.
18:00 – Virologist and OMT member Koopmans concerned about full parks
Virologist and OMT member Marion Koopmans says she has worried seen how busy it was in some cities and parks Tuesday. In the News and Co programme on NPO Radio 1, she said that the big meetings are “worrying” in view of the coronavirus.
“ But it‘s understandable too, people want space for activities,” says Koopmans. “Only we can’t afford much.”
According to the virologist, it doesn‘t matter that much that it was outside. “If you stay at bay, there’s hardly any chance of infection outside, but if your little hutjemut stands up and starts singing, there‘s a greater risk of being infected with the coronavirus.”
At least 100 coronaboetes were written out in Breda. Several people were arrested in Eindhoven and Arnhem.
16.30 – ICs take 57 new coronapatics, much more than Monday
the intensive cares in the Dutch hospitals 57 newCoronapatics patients, reports the National Coordination Center Patient Distribution (LCPS) Tuesday. This is an increase of 22 new patients compared to Monday, when the lowest number of new coronapatics was included in the ICs in a month.
A total of 820 people with corona are now in intensive cares. On balance, the number of coronavirus patients in the ICs increased by 7. This balance may fluctuate because it is related, among other things, to the number of people leaving the ICs. That can be more than the next day, because some people are shorter in the ICU than others. In addition, the outflow also depends on the capacity in the nursing wards. If they’re fuller, fewer people from the ICU can go back to the department.
According to ic-doctor Diederik Gommers, it is therefore better to look at the influx of new coronapatics into hospitals and ICs. On Tuesday a total of 392 new coronappatients were admitted to the hospitals. According to Gommers, the new ic patients currently come mainly from the nursing departments. Thus, when the number of new hospitalizations increases or decreases, this will also happen on the ICs, according to the doctor.
335 new coronation patients were admitted to the nursing departments, 123 more than Monday. On balance there are 18 more coronapatics in the clinics, a total of 1777. In the Dutch hospitals there are 2597 people with Covid-19, 25 more than a day earlier.
13.00 – Health Council awaits its its assessment
The Health Council is awaiting information from the European Medicines Agency EMA and hopes to be able to examine a new opinion on the Astrazeneca vaccine “as soon as possible”. Healthcare Minister Hugo de Jonge had asked for that. He wants to know whether new information from the EEA gives reason “to lower the age limit beyond which the Astrazeneca vaccine can be used.”
“ If the report with the EEA‘s underlying dates is published, we can get started,” says a Health Council spokesman. He expects to receive that information “one of these days”. How long it will take after that is hard to predict. “As soon as possible, of course.”
On Friday, after further study of the vaccine, the EMA reported that its benefits outweigh the disadvantages for all adults. In other words, the vaccine will prevent much more coronavirus infections than cause side effects. Currently, Astrazeneca pricks are only put in 60- to 64-year-olds.
11.50 – Island state of Fiji fears tsunami of corona infestations
a year, Fiji managed to keep out new corona infestations, but now the Pacific island state fears a “tsunami” of infections. A recent outbreak is due to the Indian variant of the virus, said health authorities Tuesday. So far 42 cases have been identified.
Health Minister James Fong said he wanted to avoid a “nightmare” like now in India, on Fiji. “We still have time to prevent this, but a small misstep leads to the same corona-tsunami as in India, Brazil and South Africa.”
Through strict isolation and border controls, Fiji has largely been able to prevent the virus, so far corona has only killed two people. But a soldier got infected at a quarantine site. He passed the virus on to his wife, who then exposed 500 people to the virus at a funeral. According to Fong, soldiers returning from abroad do not comply with rules for quarantine. He calls that “unacceptable.”
8.55 – People from 1961 also receive vaccination invitation
Thursday, the first people born in 1961 receive an invitation to a coronavaccination. It’s about people who turn 60 this year. From Tuesday they can schedule an appointment online via www.coronavaccinatie-afspraak.nl for a vaccination at the GGD.
There they get the vaccine from Biontech/PFIZER. It‘s about 250,000 people.
The invitations for people born in 1961 pop from Thursday 29 April to Saturday 1 May on the mat. The GGD has now opened more than 100 vaccination sites where people can go for vaccination.
The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport determines the order in which groups are vaccinated. The guidelines for this are the opinions issued by the Health Council on this matter.
7.07 – Tuesday evening last curfew
In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday the last time is curfew. The Cabinet established the rule to prevent parties and visits in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. On Wednesday morning 04.30 a.m., the Netherlands has completed this measure.
From Saturday 23 JanuaryDutch people between 21.00 and 04.30 are on the street only with a valid statement, for example to walk the dog or to work. People who are on the street without a statement risk a fine of 95 euros. On March 31, due to daylight saving time, the cabinet extended the rule by one hour. The curfew was valid from then on between 10pm and 4:30pm.
Demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte said earlier that contamination rates and pressure on care are still extremely high. Nevertheless, it abolishes the measure. Rutte said he finds the relaxation incredibly exciting, but he doesn’t think it‘s possible to get out of the coronacrisis with zero risk.
Since the introduction of the measure, the police have issued some 6000 evening bell fines a week.
7.01 – India deploys army to help fight coronavirus For the sixth day in
a row, more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections have been registered in India. The country’s armed forces have pledged to provide medical assistance to combat the huge spike in the number of infections.
In the last 24 hours, 323,144 new cases were added, slightly less than the world record number of 352,991 recorded on Monday. Hospitals cannot cope with the enormous influx of new patients and are forced to send people away because of a shortage of beds and oxygen. Over the past 24 hours, 2771 deaths have been reported, although health experts believe that the actual number is much higher.
Several countries, including the Netherlands, Thailand, Bangladesh and Great Britain, have taken measures to curb travel from India to prevent new virus variants from entering their borders. Australia will consider a proposal to suspend flights from India later in the day.
6.45 – Weekly figures RIVM: rising line in infections has not yet passed
Also in the past week more corona infections have become more likely than the week before. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) publishes the exact number on Tuesday and describes the coronas situation in the country in a weekly report.
In the six days since the previous report, 49,750 positive test results have been recorded. With an average of more than 8000 cases per day, the total number is likely to exceed that of a week earlier. Then the RIVM recorded 53,981 positive corona-virus asses. That was an increase of 5.3 percent compared to the week before. Another week earlier, the increase was 6 percent. Around the Easter days, fewer people were tested, which resulted in a decrease of 7 percent.
In the weekly update, RIVM also figures how many people have been admitted to hospitals during the last week with Covid-19 and how many people have died from the consequences of their corona infection. Also, the institute comes with figures on the vaccination campaign. According to the calculations on the government coronadashboard, more than 5 million shots have been made in the fight against the virus.
The reproduction number is also recalculated again. That happens twice a week. Last Friday, it was 1.03. That means that 100 people carrying the virus infect on average 103 others. By default, the RIVM looks back two weeks in time, otherwise it will not be able to give a reliable figure. The reproduction rate of 1.03 therefore refers to the situation as it was on 8 April.
6.30 – Planning school holidays does not play a role in vaccination planning
When sending invitations to vaccinations, school holidays and their distribution are not specifically taken into account. The prick order is based on age and not on regional differences in holiday dates, says a spokesman for the RIVM to NU.nl.
Most people receive an invitation based on their year of birth. Parents are therefore more likely to take their turn than, for example, any adult children. This order is only deviated if there is a medical reason to vaccinate someone earlier.
Any hope that Northerners (who are the first school holiday) will be vaccinated first and will be able to travel this summer is not justified. Those two things are separate from each other.
By the way, people do not have to fear missing their appointment in the summer because they are on holiday. After receiving their invitation, they can specify the day on which they want to be pricked.