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The number of coronadodes registered in India has increased by an additional 4000 in the last 24 hours, the Indian Ministry of Health has reported. The total official death toll of the epidemic will thus reach 262,317 in India.

As 343,144 new infections have been registered in the last 24 hours, the total number of infections is now rising to over 24 million. India now has the second highest number of infections and the third highest death toll in the world.

Expert also proposes coronaprik in children: Vaccinate everyone in vulnerable family member
Inflow of coronapatics into hospitals continues to decline; also fewer infections
Flight zone extended again, except for harrowing cases

This article will be updated during the day. Watch here the coronan news of Thursday 13 May.

21.00 hours – Holidaymakers are welcome again on Spanish islands

from Saturday. Holidaymakers are welcome again on Spanish islands, now the travel recommendations are relaxed. The Dutch ambassador to Spain, Jan Versteeg, says on Twitter that holidaymakers are welcome again in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Travelers returning home from those islands also no longer need to show a negative PCR test or go into quarantine.

It is expected that a series of countries will be added to the list. On the website of the National Government it is already clear that for a number of countries the quarantine obligation and the testing obligation will lapse upon return. This applies, for example, to the Portuguese island of Madeira.

For the Azores and mainland Portugal, the commitments had already been abolished. On Saturday, the test and quarantine requirement will also expire after a stay on the North and South Aegean and Ionian Islands of Greece. This applies only to direct flights from the islands and not if a stopover is made in Athens.

Malta is also covered by the simplifications. The Dutch ambassador to Malta, Frank Keurhorst, reports that the island is no longer a high-risk area on 15 May. The submission of a negative test declaration and quarantine is not mandatory upon return to the Netherlands. However, the Maltese coronar restrictions remain in force. For example, a negative PCR test is required up to 72 hours in advance or rapid test upon arrival.

In the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the countries considered safe have the colour green or yellow. The National Government does not emphasize to go on holiday to countries with the colors orange or red. Theres too many corona infestations there. On the night from Friday to Saturday, the Ministry announces which countries are receiving a more flexible travel advice.

20.00 – More than 600 people at Fieldlab of the Residentie Orchestra

More than 600 people including demissionary cultural minister Ingrid van Engelshoven attended a concert by the Residentie Orkest on Friday evening in the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen, conducted by conductor Richard Egarr. It was a so-called FieldLab event, which has to show how such performances can be performed safely and publicly in spite of the coronacrisis.

After two other indoor events, a cabaret performance and a congress at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht, it was the busiest meeting of its kind. In total, more than a dozen Fieldlabs have been held. There will be a few more to follow.

According to member of the FieldLab programme Maarten Schram, the Zuiderstrandtheater, which had a thousand places, was arranged in such a way that it seemed as if the occupancy was about 80 percent. Researchers can therefore figure out how the event would have gone if 800 seats were actually occupied. Also strange people were sitting in the hall right next to each other. Almost all without a mouthcap, which was also allowed.

15:58 – WHO: do not vaccinate children but vaccines to poor countries


To get the coronapandemic under control, wealthy countries should provide poorer countries with vaccines before they start vaccinating children. The Chief of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that.

Tedros wants the countries that are already far off vaccinating their populations to give vaccines to Covax, an international programme that makes vaccines available to poorer countries. The WHO boss understands why some countries want to vaccinate children and adolescents, but urges them to reconsider this.

Tedros pointed out that the second year of the pandemic is at risk of becoming much more deadly than the first, especially the situation inIndia is very worrying. According to official figures, more than 4000 people per day die from Covid-19 in recent days, but that number is probably significantly higher.

But also in countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt, the situation is acute, according to Tedros. According to him, only 0.3% of vaccine production currently goes to lower incomes countries. As a result, there are too few doses in many places to vaccinate care personnel and hospitals are flooded with people in need of urgent care.

13.55 – Italy eases quarantine requirements for travellers

Italy eases quarantine requirements for incoming travellers from Sunday. People from, among others, the European Union will no longer have to be quarantined if they can produce a negative corontest.

The new policy also applies to travellers coming from the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom and Israel. Prime Minister Mario Draghi said that the return of tourists is crucial to Italys recovery. The country with the third largest economy in the euro area has been badly hit by the pandemic. The Italian economy shrunk by 8.9% last year.

The Italians struggled with a severe first wave of infection a year ago. The European country was therefore the epicenter of the pandemic on the continent. Since February last year, more than 120,000 corona-related deaths have been recorded.

After a further increase in the number of infections, fewer people tested positive for coronavirus in recent weeks. The government has therefore begun to relax the measures. Since last month the terraces are open again and cinemas and museums can welcome guests again. The curfew is still valid.

13.52 – Infection rates in the north of the Netherlands are falling

The number of coronavirus infections in the northern Netherlands has fallen by a quarter over the last two weeks to about 160 per week out of 100,000 people. The Acute Zorgnetwerk Noord-Nederland reports this. In the seven days up to and including this week Thursday, the Netherlands as a whole had on average over 261 positive tests per 100,000 people, the lowest number since March 22.

More than 30 percent of all adults in the north of the Netherlands have been fully vaccinated against the virus. Up to and including Sunday 9 May, more than 6.4 million vaccinations have been administered in the Netherlands: almost 5 million first shots and over 1.4 million second.

The pressure on COVID clinical beds in the northern hospitals has decreased, but the pressure on ic capacity remains high for the time being, said the Zorgnetwerk for the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. The limited space created is used for the care that needs to be delivered within six weeks to prevent health damage, reports the organization. Meanwhile, the North also regularly takes over patients from hospitals in other regions to help spread the ic pressure better.

13.23 – One in ten Belgians vaccinated

One in ten Belgians has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to the Sciensano health institute, 1,196,831 inhabitants of Belgium, or 13 percent of all adults, had the necessary pricks. That corresponds to 10.4% of the total population.

A total of five million shots have now been made. The number of people who received at least one first shot has increased to just over 3.8 million. That is 41.5 percent of adults, or 33.2% of the total population.

Coronac numbers continue to fall. For the first time since March there are fewer than 2000 Belgians in the hospital with Covid-19 on Friday, a decrease of 20 percent compared to last week, says Sciensano. Of them, 647 are in intensive care units, 13 percent less than last week.

The Dutch-speaking inhabitants of Belgium are more willing to get vaccinated than the French-speaking people. According to a motivation barometer of three universities (UGent, UCLouvain and the ULB in Brussels), 38 percent of French-speaking people refuse a vaccine, compared with 20 percent of the Flemings, writes Le Soir among others.

10.08 – German infection rates are below 100 per 100,000 weekly


The number of new infections per week in Germany has fallen below 100 per 100,000 inhabitants, the health authorities report. The number of new infections per week is for the government the measure of imposing restrictions and closing companies.

Chancellor Merkel recently intervened with her government in the coronation policy, particularly determined by the Länder, to take more stringent measures. She calls that the emergency brake. This emergency brake is used if there are more than 100 new cases locally per 100,000 inhabitants.

There are now 96.5 cases nationwide, and this is the first time since 20 March. A week agoThe number was 126. Several Länder, including the capital of Berlin, have already announced that they intend to lift restrictions in the next few days.

Some 3.57 million infections have now been detected in Germany and most people have been cured or have no signs of disease. The country of 84 million inhabitants now has about 230,000 active cases. According to the authorities, more than 86,000 people have died with or from the virus since the pandemic outbreak in the country.

08.41 – Empty seats on Australian Repatriation Flight

The first Australian repatriation flight from India departs due to corona infestations but with half the passengers. More than 40 people, who have been stuck in the country since the beginning of May, have been tested positively according to local media. They and their close contacts are not yet allowed to return, and seventy others are.

Fridays flight is the first of the three that the government has already scheduled. Those authorities withheld all travellers from India because of the coronacrisis in that country, but came back after much criticism. Although the international borders have been largely closed for over a year, Australian citizens and residents have always been allowed to return from abroad.

In India there are about 9000 Australian citizens and residents who want to return home. Australia wants to have a thousand of them repatriated by the end of June. Vulnerable people are given priority here. They must be tested for the coronavirus before departure and should only be accompanied by a negative result.

The passengers must be quarantined for two weeks on their return. That happens, among other things, in Howard Springs. The remote quarantine facility in that northern city can now accommodate 1,000 people every two weeks. The government wants to double capacity by June.

The entry ban for people from India continues until Saturday. Until then, people without Australian nationality or residence permit are prohibited from coming to Australia. Violation is fined or imprisonment, just like ignoring the quarantine duty in the country.

20.55 – US easing coronavirus rules for vaccinated people


In most cases, Vaccinated Americans do not need to wear mouthcaps or keep their distance from other people. Even among large groups of people or in buildings, these precautions are often no longer needed, according to the CDC health service, US media reports.

The CDC is easing the guidelines now that a large proportion of the Americans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. More than 117 million people have been fully vaccinated. According to the Washington Post newspaper, that amounts to about 35% of the population.

The Health Service hopes that the adaptation of the directives will result in more people being vaccinated. Americans are advised to continue wearing mouthcaps in trains, airplanes, airports and other transport hubs. Even in hospitals, for example, this advice remains in force.

The CDC emphasises that vaccinated Americans cannot automatically leave their mouthcaps at home in other places. Governments or companies may still decide to make the wearing of such protective equipment compulsory.

20.15 – Amazon offers bonus to new employees with coronavaccine In

the United States, Amazon is going to give a $100 bonus to new staff fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Amazon is engaged in recruitment campaign for new personnel and is planning to hire 75,000 new employees in America in the coming time.

People who are already employed by the company received forty dollars a shot earlier.