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. Whats happening today? Follow the latest COVID news here.
Corona contamination decline amazes British
Worrying about corona at French campsites: Young staff often unvaccinated
“Rojer was taken into tears like a prisoner.”
The Netherlands together with the Czech Republic and America top scorer positive corona cases at Games
21.44 – Stricter face mask advice for fully vaccinated Americans
The U.S. Health Service CDC tightens face mask advice for fully vaccinated people. She thinks they should wear face masks again in indoor public areas in areas with high corona contamination.
The change is made due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Since the beginning of this month, more and more Americans are testing positive. The additional contagious mutation accounts for around 83 percent of all new infections in the United States.
Studies from different states and other countries suggest that infected vaccinates can rarely transfer coronavirus to others, according to the CDC. By allowing this group to wear face masks again, the organisation believes that new outbreaks can be avoided.
The CDC said in May that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear face masks outside and not in most indoor locations. Mouth masks were only recommended in public transport and airplanes and places such as airports, hospitals and general practice.
About half of the US population is fully vaccinated. Most Americans have had the corona vaccines from Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna. They consist of two punctures for maximum protection. A smaller group had the Janssen vaccine. Unlike the other two vaccines, it consists of a single dose.
19.39 – New drug for those who do not produce corona antibodies
In the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, with special antibodies, the first corona patients who do not produce sufficient antibodies themselves, for example by using immunosuppressive medications. The center reports that on its own site. It speaks of a breakthrough.
Casirivimab and imdevimab are antibodies that make coronavirus less likely to penetrate the human cell. “It takes time to get patients to produce their own antibodies. In patients who will never make antibodies, it helps the other immune systems in the body fight against the virus,” says internist-infectiologist Bart Rijnders of Erasmus MC, who applied the treatment. Some people do not produce antibodies even after full vaccination.
“Every new COVID-19 patient is now examined immediately upon admission to see if there are antibodies in the blood. If not, we have a new treatment in our arsenal.”
The antibodies were produced in the laboratory, but discovered in the blood plasma of a patient who had had corona. The new therapy has not yet been fully registered but approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
18.59 — Fewer corona infections in UK, but highest death toll in months
The number of corona infections in the UK continues to decline. The authorities have reported 23,511 new cases on Tuesday, less than the day before the seventh day in a row. The number of newly reported deaths at 131 is at the highest level since March.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls people to stay careful. “Its very important that we dont draw premature conclusions,” Johnson said. It is not clear why the number of new infections is now rapidly declining.
Since May, more and more British have been testing positive for the coronavirus. The peak (54,674) was July 17. The increase is due to the additional contagious Delta variant of the virus and the abolition of many corona measures in the UK. Among other things, the virus went around among young men who watched the European Football Championship together. Especially in England, where there are virtually no restrictions, many people recently became infected.
17.30 – Taking pictures banned at vaccination locations due to harassment
People visiting a vaccination site in the north and east of Gelderland are not allowed to take pictures and videos anywhere in the rooms. Thats why the special selfie corners are removed. That should prevent harassment of vaccineers. “When taking a photograph, its not always clear whether there is a selfie or that employees are being photographed,” explains the GGD North and East Gelderland.
According to health services, employees are notintimidated and threatened only at vaccination sites and on the phone. “In a single case, it has even occurred that employees have received threatening letters at their home address. This has a big impact.” The regional service does not mean whether it has actually occurred that employees from vaccination sites were filmed or photographed by visitors.
The photo and film ban applies not only to visitors, but also journalists and their own employees. It is not known if other regions make the same decision.
The national dome organization GGD GHOR Nederland says that the directive is “that we dont want to have people in the picture at locations who dont want to. But thats a guideline. Regions are free to go a step further and impose an overall ban. They have that freedom.” The directive was introduced at the beginning of the vaccination campaign, but that had more practical reasons at the time. “Vaccineers were so busy with people who started taking selfies during the prick that this slowed down the process of pricking,” said the GGD GHOR.
Almost a month ago, the GGD dome reported because members of the Telegram group The Batavian Republic shared the names of vaccineers with each other, with calls like “clear these murderers off the street”, “hunt but” and “everything can break.” The Telegram group was set up by a few conspiracy thinkers, two of whom have now been arrested for the way they spread their conspiracy theories.
16.30 — Number of new pricks continues to fall: 1 million pricks Last
week The number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus in a week is dropping further. Last week, just over 1 million people received a first or second shot. Thats the lowest number since late May.
A total of 20,129,431 punctures have now been set. Among these are 12.2 million first shots and nearly 8 million second vaccinations, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) reports.
About 300,000 people received their first vaccination last week. There are also people who received the Janssen vaccine and are ready after the first shot. Just over 734,000 people received the repeat vaccination. It is the second week in a row that more second punctures are given than first pricks.
More than 80 percent of adult Dutch people have been vaccinated once in any case. The Netherlands is part of the European summit. It is not clear if the number of new pricks is falling because just about everyone who wants to get a shot has now been the turn, and so there are fewer and fewer people left to vaccinate. Several GDS have announced that they close vaccination sites because they expect the decline to continue.
The figures show that the number of pricks among people over 65 is barely increasing. For example, just over 700 people 90 years and older were vaccinated last week and just over 1800 people aged 85 to 89, and the vaccination rate among people aged 60 to 89 is above 90 percent. The vaccination campaign started with these groups because they are most at risk for infection.
The first shot is now mostly young people. In the past week, nearly 106,000 children aged 12 to 17 have received a first dose. For the second shot, more than forties show up. It was nearly 345,000 last week.
More than 40 percent of all minors have had the first shot by now, RIVM says. Last week, this was almost a third. In all adult age groups, at least 60 percent have had the first shot, and in each group above 35, more than 70 percent are vaccinated.
RIVM has also investigated the readiness of vaccination. In the south and east, more people have been vaccinated than in other parts of the country. That matches other vaccination campaigns. In predominantly reformed municipalities and in major cities, people are less willing to get a shot.
12.38 – 70% of EU residents have had a prick
Of the approximately 366 million adult inhabitants of the European Union, 70% are now vaccinated. “The EU has kept a word,” says European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, referring to the goal that the EUs daily administration had set itself to protect 70% of the European population from Covid-19 in July.
It means that around 256 million age adults in the 27 Member States have received a shot from Pfizer/Biontech, Moderna or AstraZeneca. According to Von der Leyen, 57 percent are fully vaccinated. Approximately 209 million people in the EU have had two pricks from these pharmaceuticals or one of the Janssen vaccine.
The European Commission buys the vaccines on behalf of the 27 Member States. Initially, deliveries and therefore vaccination campaigns went.not as fast as hoped in the EU, but “the catching up process has been very successful,” said Von der Leyen, who is a doctor from home. “The EU is one of the leaders in the world.”
Brussels will continue to buy new vaccines, even to give peppers to vaccinated persons later if necessary, as an added protection against mutations that were around. The EU needs to be wary, she warns. “The delta variant is very dangerous. Thats why I call on everyone who has the chance to get inocated. For his own health and others.”
11.00 — Strong decline of coronavirus cases, but more hospital admissions
As soon as the coronavirus got around in the previous weeks, so fast the number of positive cases is falling now. But the pressure on healthcare is increasing. More people ended up in nursing or intensive care because of corona. And the number of deaths from corona has also increased a little further.
Over the past seven days, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) received between 35,000 and 38,000 reports of positive tests. In the week before, there were 69,731 and almost 52,000 another week earlier. It would mean that the number of new cases fell by 45 to 50 percent in the last week.
RIVM will come with the exact week grade on Tuesday. Over 33,000 people have tested positive over the past six days. The outbreak is back at early July level, when the number of positive tests began to rise explosively.
In the weekly update, RIVM also reports how many corona patients have been hospitalized in the past week. That number is probably about 500, and last week the institute reported that 205 people had landed in hospital, 31 of whom were in intensive care. That was considerably more than the week before. The majority of people who end up in hospital are not vaccinated.
The number of deaths reported in a week is most likely to rise above twenty. Last week RIVM reported 14 deaths and 11 the week before
RIVM also calculates the new reproduction number on Tuesday. That figure stood at 3 a few weeks ago, a record level indicating an explosive rise. At the end of last week, it was slightly above 1, which means the outbreak stabilizes. If the number falls below 1, the outbreak may slowly extinguish. The figure is always about the situation two weeks earlier, because more recent figures are not reliable enough yet.
Furthermore, RIVM reports on Tuesday how many people were vaccinated against the coronavirus last week. Its probably about 1 million and that would be the lowest number since late May. In any case, more than 83 percent of adults have had a first shot, making the Netherlands one of the top in Europe.
08.45 – Record number of conversations at Luisterlijn in corona year
De Listenlijn held a record number of conversations in the corona year 2020, according to the annual figures. By phone and chat, volunteers had over 357,000 calls, about 12 percent more than in 2019, and over 1,400 email messages. During the first period of the pandemic, the number of calls increased by 20 percent, when the lockdown caused feelings of concern, loneliness and gloom.
On average, 883 calls per day arrived at the Listening Line, which anyone who is sitting with something who doesnt want, dares or can talk about it in their own environment, can call day and night. More than half of the phone calls, reachable since the beginning of this year via the cheaper new number 088-0767000, were made out of office hours. Thats what a caller who was in bed with corona and in need of contact calls it “comforting” that she could call in the middle of the night with someone who was “genuinely interested” in her. “The feeling that I was really listening to me was really airing me up.”
The most discussed topics of the year were about the fulfillment of the day followed by relationships and then corona. On average, those phone calls took 20 minutes. The chat spoke 33 minutes, which was mainly about mental health and relationships.
07.00 — Lockdown in Melbourne is lifted
The lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne will be lifted later on Tuesday, as authorities control an outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant. The neighbouring state of South Australia also relaxes the stay at home rules. But in Sydney, the largest city in the country, the lockdown for five weeks is likely to be extended.
After nearly two weeks of compulsory stay at home, the millions of inhabitants of Melbourne and the surrounding state of Victoria can get back to the streets just before midnight on Tuesday. “However, its not over yet. We need to be vigilant for the coming days, weeks, and monthsthis virus, the delta strain, until we have been able to get as many people as possible vaccinated,” says Prime Minister Dan Andrews.
Schools, restaurants and shops in Victoria are reopening, but restrictions, such as wearing face masks, remain. For at least two weeks, people are not allowed to invite guests at home and the number of outdoor gatherings is limited. In the state there were ten new infections on Monday.
In Sydney, authorities announced 172 new cases related to an outbreak that began in June. A local driver got infected when he was carrying the crew of an airplane.
Several Australian cities were fiercely argued against the lockdown last weekend. In Sydney, thousands of people protested against corona-virus measures and police clashes. In Melbourne and Adelaide, people also went to the streets. In Brisbane, where no lockdown has been announced, against corona policy was also demonstrated. People called for freedom and wore banners that said the country should wake up and that the government is more dangerous than Covid-19
in Australia, more than 33,000 infections and 930 coronados have been recorded since the pandemic began. So far, around 13 percent of all 25 million inhabitants have been vaccinated against the virus.
00.54 — Night closing and alcohol ban in Arnhems park due to parties
Park Sonsbeek in Arnhem closes daily between 23:00 and 5am from Tuesday, Mayor Ahmed Marcouch decided. There is also an alcohol ban between 8 pm and 5am.
The park has been holding parties in the evenings and nights for weeks, which attract many young people from Arnhem and surrounding municipalities. “These parties do not hold any distance, excessive alcohol and drug use, persistent nuisance for local residents, and enforcement and police need to intervene regularly,” the municipality states.
A night party in the park recently took place a brawl involving about a hundred people. The municipality also fears that the parks appeal will only increase as the summer holiday in the Arnhem region has begun.
“The continuing flow of parties is not only a major nuisance for local residents, but also creates unacceptable health risks, and visitors make this park too dangerous at night,” says Mayor Marcouch in a statement. He calls on parents to know where their children are and urge them to speak to them. “The greater the chance of open schools after summer,” said the mayor. The night closure and alcohol ban will last until September 30.
00.15 – The Netherlands again has high risk area for Germany
Germany considers the Netherlands and Spain as a high risk area as of Tuesday. That means stricter rules will apply to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Travelers must quarantine after staying in a high risk area after arriving in Germany, unless fully vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. That quarantine basically lasts ten days, but can be terminated early if people test negative after five days.
People must have evidence that they have been vaccinated, recently tested or cured of Covid-19 before crossing the border, and they must also pass such data to the German authorities via an Internet form.
The rules apply not only to adults, but to all travelers aged 6 years and older. This could also be a problem for Germans who spend holidays with their families in the Netherlands or Spain. Many German adults have already been vaccinated, but their children are often not yet.
The German authorities do make an exception for certain groups of travellers. It is about people who have driven through a high risk area without stopping, and people who are passing through another country and making them take the fastest possible route through Germany.