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. What‘s happening today? Follow the latest COVID news here.
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20.33 – Canada only allows vaccinated travelers Canada will allow
Americans again from August 9, provided they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Approximately a month later on September 7, fully vaccinated travellers from other countries will be allowed to enter the country for unnecessary travel, if the number of infections in Canada continues to go well.
“Thanks to the hard work of the Canadians, more and more vaccinations and fewer new corona cases, the government is able to lift border measures,” the government said in a statement.
US residents who want to cross the border must upload a vaccination certificate in a Canadian app. The second shot must be set at least 14 days prior to departure for Canada. It is not known if the US opens the border as well.
In March 2020, the United States and Canada decided to close borders for trips that are not necessary. The closure was extended monthly as the number of coronavirus infections remained too high.
Canadians are still advised not to travel abroad if there is no need.
19.58 — UK doesn‘t let teens get a shot
Not all UK children can get a coronavirus vaccination. Only minors with underlying health risks or who live with such a person are eligible for vaccination.
Secretary of State for Inoculations Nadhim Zahawi said in a press conference that not all children can apply for a prick because the British Vaccination Committee (JCVI) did not recommend that. According to JCVI, healthy children have minimal benefit from vaccination, especially since it almost never gets seriously ill.
In the Netherlands, the Health Council recommended that the vaccines be made available to children “who want to be vaccinated”. However, they need to get the right information and be able to make a balanced decision, according to the Health Council.
The UK also announced an exception for people who need to stay at home after contact with an infected person. People who have already had two coronavirus vaccinations and have an “important job” don’t need to go into home quarantine. It‘s about air traffic controllers, for example. They need to be out of work to be in self-isolation.
Whether the exception applies to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who must stay at home after contact with an infected person, has not been disclosed.
16.39 – Every adult can trade in second shot AstraZeneca for Pfizer
All adults who have had a first shot of AstraZeneca’s coronavaccine can now make an appointment for a second shot of the Pfizer and BionTech vaccine.
The rebooking began Friday for people born in 1956 or before. On Saturday, this opportunity came for people from 1957, and it was planned that other groups would come in turn this week, but will be abandoned. Instead, anyone born in 1958 or beyond can exchange from Monday.
Health Minister Hugo de Jonge recently gave green light to combine these vaccines, following an opinion from the Health Council. Antibody studies show that the combination of an initial vaccination with AstraZeneca and a second shot with Biontech/Pfizer protects against serious illness as well as two doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine.
A second Pfizer prick after a first shot with AstraZeneca is, according to the GGD, among other things, important for people “who became part of the high medical risk group after their first vaccination.” Women who have become pregnant after the first shot can benefit from Pfizer/Biontech instead of AstraZeneca.
General practitioners are not to mention the Minister‘s decision. They have been vaccinating with AstraZeneca since February. It is not clear how many more people show up if they can exchange the GP’s Astrazeneca prick for a shot with Pfizer/Biontech at the GGD vaccination sites. Meanwhile, general practitioners have arranged all invitations, locations and employees, so they have incurred all sorts of costs, complains of the National General Practitioners Association (LHV).
People who have suffered from AstraZeneca after the first shotserious side effects, such as leaking capillaries or a combination of blood clots and low platelet count, should not receive a second shot of AstraZeneca or a replacement prick of Pfizer/Biontech. The advice to them is not to get a second vaccination for the time being.
15.32 – Regions resume testing for vacationers
The six regions that temporarily stopped traveller testing last week resume those corona-virus tests. The issues have been resolved and as of Tuesday, holidaymakers will be able to go back to it, says the national organization GGD GHOR Nederland.
It concerns the Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Haaglanden, Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe and IJsselland regions. For the Testing for the Journey project, they send the test samples to the Eurofins lab in Rijswijk, but that suffered major delays due to failure last week. As a result, it was not possible to give vacationers a conclusion within 30 hours.
It is not known how many people couldn‘t travel last week because the corona test results didn’t come in on time.
15.20 – Get a coronaprik Without an
appointment, people can be vaccinated against the coronavirus without an appointment. The GGs want to know if people need “free access.” They enter the vaccination site and register on site. If it‘s too busy, they run the risk of having to go home more unaccomplishable.
It’s about a trial. In some places it takes a week, in other places longer.
Prick without an appointment can be done in Zwolle and Dalfsen. That‘s where people get Janssen’s corona vaccine. That vaccine requires only one shot. In Nijmegen, people can visit the Goffertstadion of football club NEC for a shot with Janssen.
In Rotterdam, people who are 25 years or younger can visit the Maassilo without an appointment. There they can choose between two vaccines, Janssen‘s and Pfizer/Biontech’s. With that last plea, they can make an appointment for the second shot on the spot. In Leiden, Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda, students and upcoming students can get a first shot with Pfizer/Biontech without an appointment. “Then you‘re largely protected before the introductory weeks begin,” says GGD Hollands Midden.
In Friesland, people can walk into a puncture site in Appelscha, Dokkum, Franeker or Koudum. Then they get the first vaccination with Pfizer/Biontech or Moderna. For the second shot they have to go to Leeuwarden, Drachten, Sneek or Heerenveen.
In the province of Utrecht, people can enter without an appointment at vaccination locations that are only open one day a week. These are in municipalities such as Baarn, Bunschoten, IJsselstein, Leusden, Rhenen and Soest.
11.47 — UK employees are massively at home by pingdemic
companies in the UK have been alerting about staff shortages as more and more employees have to be in home quarantine for a week and a half. British media speak of a “pingdemic”, referring to the quarantine call people get through the official health app when they’ve come into view as contact of an infected person. Caregiver rules are now being forced to relax.
Sky News reports that last week more than half a million people were told to isolate themselves. This number may rise even further as the number of corona infections in the country is rising sharply. The government has removed virtually all restrictions as of Monday. Health Minister Sajid Javid previously acknowledged that the number of new infections could rise to 100,000 per day, more than doubling compared to the current situation.
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Companies say employees are already getting home massively after being alerted through the official app. Top man Steve Rowe of department store chain Marks & Spencer called that “a big problem in every sector in The Times.” He estimated that 20 percent of retail workers could end up in home quarantine within a month. Rowe warned that store opening hours may need to be adjusted because there is simply no longer enough employees to employ.
The term pingdemic is a contraction of the words‘ pandemic ‘and‘ ping ‘, sending notifications to phones. It keeps the mothers in the country quite busy. The Guardian wrote about a ‘Pinging Hell’ last week. A recent poll commissioned by The Telegraph revealed that a third of citizens want to remove the health app from their phones or even have already done so.
To avoid major problems in healthcare, rules are now being relaxed there, writes Sky News. Caregivers who have been called to go into home quarantine may“exceptional circumstances” still continue to work when fully vaccinated. They will then have to undergo a PCR test first and then run a quick test on a daily basis.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not escape the pingdemic either. He came in contact investigations after Minister Javid tested positive. There was great outrage last weekend after it was announced that Johnson didn‘t have to go into full home quarantine because he would participate in a pilot project and be tested daily. After a wave of angry reactions, the government scrambled back after a few hours and announced that the Prime Minister would go into self-isolation in his country house Chequers.
9.45 – ‘Cabinet Ignored Signals Fieldlab ‘
The Cabinet authorised the reopening of nightclubs on June 26 without awaiting advice from the Fieldlab experiments. Several advice from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and Fieldlab on how events can be restored safely have also been ignored, NRC reports based on parliamentary documents and conversations with stakeholders. The reopening of nightlife has led to a major wave of contamination in recent weeks, for which the Cabinet apologized.
Fieldlab, a collaboration between events, government and science, has researched in recent months how events such as theatre performances and festivals could take place safely again. In May it presented recommendations, which were discussed and approved by OMT and Cabinet. Only after that, on May 29, another Fieldlab took place at the Amsterdam club Shelter, to investigate the setting of a club night. Those results were not yet known when the Cabinet decided in mid-June that nightclubs were allowed to open again.
6.45 — Time between first and second coronaprik shortens
People who are now making an appointment for a coronavirus prick need less time to wait for the second vaccination. The period between the two vaccinations, the so-called puncture interval, decreases from Monday. The intermediate period of the Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna vaccines is now 35 days and that will be 28 days.
Minister Hugo de Jonge (Health) announced the adjustment more than a week ago. Adjusting the puncture interval is possible because enough vaccines are available. By giving people their second shot Pfizer/Biontech or Moderna faster, they are more likely to be protected against the coronavirus.
According to GGD GHOR Nederland, it is not possible to move earlier repeated appointments with the two vaccines.
The Janssen vaccine only requires a prick. So there’s no intermediate period there. The AstraZeneca vaccine is no longer used for new appointments.
6.30 — England relaxes further, virtually all corona rules disappear
Virtually all remaining corona measures in England disappear. This eliminates the need for people to keep distance and work from home is no longer mandatory. Going out and big events are possible again now that a large part of the population has been vaccinated.
Nightclubs open for the first time in months and a seat in the hospitality industry is no longer mandatory. The British government also permits major events. There is no maximum number of visitors for weddings, concerts, cinemas and sports events.
English people hardly have to adhere to corona measures in everyday life, but the government expects them to protect themselves and others by making informed choices.
Mouth masks are not required by law, but they are advised in public transport and other crowded places. Some carriers and shops hold on to a face mask duty. There are also rules for people who have Covid-19, potentially infected or come from risk areas.