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For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been held in control by the coronavirus blown over from China. Countries are waking up from lockdowns and restrictive measures. More and more people have been vaccinated or have gone through the disease. Whats happening today? Follow the latest news here.

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De Jonge: even after older corona infection, only one prick is needed
Smoothes stay out for travel world
Emails Fauci show panic to lab theory
Coronadashboard reports 10 millionth prick
Gommers and Kuipers angry about mouthcap deal Van Lienden

00.45 – Curaรงao will abolish curfew

From next Tuesday 8 June there will be no curfew on Curaรงao. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath has announced that. In the last 14 days, only eleven coronavirus infections have been observed.

Many Curacao lovers have already been vaccinated. Over 85,000 people have had one shot. Thats almost 70 percent of the total adult population. In total, more than 70,000 people have been vaccinated twice. Curaรงao had a curfew for about twelve months since March 2020.

Measures for passengers will also be eased. Now all visitors must do a PCR test before departure and an antigen test three days after arrival. For travelers from low-risk countries, those obligations disappear for all people who have been vaccinated twice. For travellers from higher risk countries, all those who have been vaccinated twice are obliged to do an antigen test on Curaรงao.

22.30 – No PCR test required for travel to Spain


Travellers will be able to travel to Spain from Monday without having to undergo the PCR test required so far. A negative antigen test, evidence of complete vaccination or cure of Covid-19 is sufficient to enter the country. Thats what the Spanish Ministry of Health announced on Friday.

This decision makes trips to popular resorts, including islands such as Mallorca, particularly attractive, because a negative rapid test for antibodies is enough for both outbound and return flights. The Minister responsible Carolina Darias expressed the hope that Spain will soon return to its leading position in international tourism.

In her view, the relaxation of corona measures is due to the successful vaccination campaign. โ€œEvery day we take a new step towards normalization,โ€ says Darias. Prime Minister Pedro Sรกnchez announced via Twitter that ten million Spaniards out of a population of 47 million had received the necessary injections to be optimally protected. So far, 19 million people have had at least the first shot, wrote El Pais newspaper.

The number of new infections has declined sharply in recent weeks. On Friday it was again less than five thousand. At the end of April, that was regularly double. There is an exception for Madrid. The capital remains in any case until 20 June at risk area.

18.45 – Belgium scrapes quarantine and tests for those who

have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus only escape quarantine and corontest in Belgium this summer. Those who have only had one shot of a two-shot vaccine must undergo a test on top of that, have agreed with the responsible Belgian ministers.

The rule applies, for example, to Dutch people who want to go on holiday in Belgium, but also to Belgian holidaymakers returning from abroad. People passing through, for example by car on their way to France, already did not have to deal with quarantine and tests.

Anyone who has been vaccinated will soon be able to prove this with the European Coronac Certificate. With this travel ticket, which can show with a QR code that the carrier has been vaccinated, tested negatively or cured and therefore protected, Belgium wants to start in less than two weeks.

Earlier, the government announced that Belgians who have not yet been fully vaccinated will receive two free corona-virus tests next summer. This is a more than the Netherlands intends to do.

Of most coronavaccins, two doses are needed. Only the Janssen vaccine protects adequately after one shot. Many Dutch and Belgians expect to get their second shot later in the summer.

Neighbouring countries such as France and most likely the Netherlands are also requesting full vaccination from travellers to avoid quarantine and testing.

The number of new coronavirus cases has increased by 2440 in the last 24 hours, reports the RIVM. One day earlier, the number was 2785 after adjustment. Initially, 18 more were mentioned.

The number of deaths increased by eight last 24 hours, compared with 14 a day earlier. That doesnt mean that all of these people died last 24 hours, because it takes a while before the death of a coronapatientRegistered.

The average level over the past seven days is now 2616 of new infections per day, almost 200 less per day than the average of Thursday. Over the past week there were 18,313 positive tests in total and 59 deaths. The week from 22 to 28 May there were 21,800 positive tests and 92 deaths.

Rotterdam will lead with the new infections with 167 cases. Amsterdam follows 156, The Hague is third with 100. In the three major cities together, one death over the last 24 hours is reported, in Amsterdam.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, nearly 1.7 million Dutch people have been tested positive. Almost 17,680 people are certain that they have died of the coronavirus.

15.39 – IC capacity can be returned to corona level

The ic capacity in Dutch hospitals can be further scaled, as decided by the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ). On Monday 7 June, the rural capacity can be reduced to at least 1150 beds, pre-coronapandemic level.

โ€œ The number of COVID patients in hospitals has fallen sharply in recent times and this decline is continuing,โ€ said LNAZ. Between hospitals and regions there are fewer and fewer transfers of coronapatics. Therefore, it was decided that the ic capacity can be reduced to at least 1150 beds. Regions can choose to use a higher number of beds for intensive cares.

In mid-April, the capacity had to rise to 1550, due to a shortage of beds. On May 14, that number could go back to 1450 and from May 25 the minimum capacity was 1350 beds. Scaling down the ic capacity means that there will be more room for regular hospital care.

15.30 – Russia open to foreigners who want coronavaccination

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is open to foreigners to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. People who do not yet qualify for vaccination in their own country can receive it in Russia for a fee.

Putin also said at an international economic conference in St. Petersburg that the Russian coronavaccines are not bought by several countries for political reasons. According to him, this has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the means. More Russians should be vaccinated against the lung virus, according to the president. The country is close to a full reopening, after long stringent measures against the coronavirus were in place.

The Russian President announced in the speech that his country will make more efforts to address climate change. According to him, it is a myth that his country would not be concerned about that. Russia recognises the dangers and supports the Paris Convention on Climate Change. Among other things, the land has to do with the melting of the permafrost and erosion of parts of the coast.

He instructs his government to have a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by October. He also wants to issue so-called green bonds and, by better management of the forests of the vast country, contribute to combating the harmful effects of global warming. Putin did defend the use of natural gas, from which his country exports very much. It is clean and indispensable for the time being, according to Putin.

14.30 – In one day 70,000 yellow booklets ordered


After it became known that all GGDen coronastamps will be put in the yellow vaccination booklets, publisher SDU is very busy. There such a booklet can be ordered. Only Thursday this happened 50,000 times, according to a spokeswoman for SDU. On Friday there were at least 20,000 orders.

It had been busier for months; 1000 to 2000 copies per day were ordered by individuals who wanted to have their coronastamped in it. Normally SDU sells 300,000 booklets a year through companies such as KLM Health Services and, of course, the GGD. Delivering to individuals is quite new for SDU.

It required a major switch and scaling. There is still work with man and power and even further scaled and adjusted, but the spokeswoman calls her own company agile. Nevertheless, the ordering site is occasionally flat. โ€œDue to large crowds on our website, it is possible that the order page is temporarily unreachable. Please try again at a later timeโ€, says there.

Those who call sometimes have to have a long or very long breath: โ€œCall to order the yellow vaccination booklet, because of the huge crowds the waiting time is much longer than you are used to from usโ€, sounds a small band. Reference is made to the webshop.

Housedoctors dont put the stamps in principle, even though there are those who do their patients that pleasure. โ€œWhen putting the vaccination, general practitioners give patients a registration card, bearing on it a sticker with the information about the vaccine they received. If patients want to and already have a vaccination passport, that sticker can also be stuck in the vaccination port, or patients keep the entire card in the vaccination port themselves. That has been the case in recent months and it will remain soโ€, says the Dutch General Practitioners Association. โ€œWhen sticking the sticker in the vaccination port, a doctors initial is sufficient. It is not necessary to put a stamp.โ€

14.00 – Room: a quick shot for vulnerable children from 12 years


The Dutch Chamber wants children from 12 to 17 years old who have a condition or are at medical risk to receive an invitation for vaccination as soon as possible. A large majority supports a motion of D66 which calls for this, appeared on Thursday during the coronadebat.

Dismissionary Health Minister Hugo de Jonge also has that intention, but indicated that he would like to await an opinion on this from the Health Council. That was supposed to come next Wednesday.

D66-MP Jan Paternotte does not agree that the cabinet is waiting any longer. It points out that the European Medicine Authority EMA has already considered that vaccination with PFIZER/BionTech in children from 12 years of age is safe. Some European countries are therefore already in the process of vaccinating children, as are the US.

According to the D66, these vulnerable children have often been inside for 14 months, as well as family members, in order to eliminate the risk of coronavirus infection as much as possible. As far as Paternotte is concerned, general practitioners can already go to work to select those involved so that they can make an appointment quickly. The whole Chamber, except for the Forum for Democracy, agreed on that.

After the appearance of the EMA judgment, De Jonge asked the Health Council for advice on the vaccination of all children from 12 years of age. On a first part of the advice, about children with a medical risk, he asked for emergency. According to him, young people aged 16 and 17 years with a disease are already vaccinated.

11.28 – Due to pandemic, even fewer babies born in ageing Japan

The number of births in Japan has reached a new low point due to the coronapandemic. A total of nearly 841,000 babies were born in 2020, 2.8 percent less than a year earlier. That is the lowest number for the Asian country facing a strong ageing population.

Because of the pandemic, even more couples choose to marry later and start a family. Japanese women are now expected to have an average of 1.34 children in their lives, one of the lowest averages in the world. Not only do women have fewer children, but there are fewer and fewer young women because of the ageing population.

In addition to plunging birth numbers, the Japanese Ministry of Health reports a decline in the number of new marriages. Just over 525,000 couples gave each other a yes last year. The authorities speak of a post-war low record. In 2019, 12.3 percent more marriages took place.

Japan has been struggling with declining birth rates for decades, despite attempts to boost them. In 2019, less than 900,000 babies were born for the first time since the registration of newborn babies from 1899. Japan expects the population to shrink considerably. Japan now has about 127 million inhabitants. By 2053, there may be less than 100 million. More than a quarter of the population is now over 65 years old.

11.26 – Big cities contribute financially to corona aid for Suriname

The four major cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, united in the G4, contribute financially to the purchase of medical materials and medicines for Surinam. Thats what the municipalities told us on Friday. The amount of the contribution has not been disclosed.

The Ministry of Health coordinates the aid. On Friday shortly after noon a plane departs from Schiphol Airport with medical devices, materials and medical personnel to Paramaribo.

On Saturday the request for help came from the Netherlands from the Surinamese government. Due to the ever-increasing number of coronation patients, the highest level of risk is now in force.

Surinamese ambassador to the Netherlands Rajendre Khargi welcomes the efforts: โ€œIt is an important sign of solidarity with Suriname. The spontaneous action of the mayors and their inhabitants is heartwarming and shows that Suriname is not alone in the fight against the Covid pandemic.โ€

11.14 – RIVM: Wash hands really better than lubricating hand gel

The RIVM calls once again to wash hands with soap and water and only if there is no other way to use hand gel. As a person uses more hand gel with ethanol, the chance of breast cancer increases โ€œvery slightlyโ€,reports the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

The use of the stuff took a big flight through the coronacrisis. Ethanol or alcohol is a chemical that can kill bacteria and viruses and, in principle, cause serious diseases.

Women who do not use hand gel with ethanol have a chance of about 143,000 out of 1,000,000 people to develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Women who use hand gel ten times every day for a year, have a chance of 143,006 out of 1,000,000 to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, calculated the institute.

Also looked at the risks for people who professionally come into contact with hand gels, such as in healthcare. In them, the risk of breast cancer is slightly higher than in consumers, according to RIVM. If they use hand gel with ethanol 25 times a working day for a year, there is a chance of 143,015 out of 1,000,000 to get breast cancer

โ€œWash hands with soap and water. This is the best way to get rid of pathogens. Use disinfectant hand gel only when there is no place to wash your hands with soap and water for a longer period of time and in certain working settings,โ€ the RIVM says again.

At the request of the Ministries of Health and Social Affairs, the RIVM examined the health risks of ethanol containing hand gels. The results also show that the increased use of hand gel with ethanol does not cause colon cancer or reduced fertility.

11.06 – People from 1983 can also make a puncture appointment coronavaccin

Anyone from the year of birth 1983 can make an appointment for a coronavaccination. From 11.00 am an appointment can be made online. The official invitation letter will follow later.

It may be that some people from 1983 have already been vaccinated because they work in health care or because they are at a medical risk and have therefore been given priority. They can throw away the new invitation.

On Thursday, appointments were resumed; on Wednesday, no new groups were invited, because the cabinet decided not to use the Janssen vaccine for the time being for new puncture appointments. That decision could lead to extra crowds at the call centers, hence the day break in the invitations.

Earlier this week, people from 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982 were already invited. Last week it was people from 1969 to 1978 to make a puncture appointment. Each year of birth consists of about 200,000 people. So far, 9,934,313 pricks have been put. This figure includes both first and second pricks, according to the government dashboard where official figures are kept.

10.26 – Significantly more operating rooms available

In hospitals, more operating rooms are available and people who need care within six weeks can also get them on time and as planned. That says the Dutch Zorautoriteit (NZa). This is due to the declining number of coronavirus infections. 76 percent of operating rooms are now back in use, a significant increase compared to last week, when it was only 66%.

However, seven hospitals still cannot provide care to be given within six weeks on time. โ€œThis does not mean that patients suffer health damage. Other healthcare institutions may take over care,โ€ emphasises the authority.

Twenty hospitals report that they are unable to deliver such critical planable care (such as cancer treatments) fully on schedule. This was 25 last week.

Plantable care (such as knee, hip or cataract surgery) is not given in 22 percent of hospitals. Here too, the situation is improving, because last week 29% could not do so. The number of hospitals that can give this care completely increased from 2 to 5 percent.

โ€œ In the long-term care we see that more and more beds are occupied and that the number of people who die is falling. In addition, the waiting lists show a declining trend in long-term care,โ€ says NZa further. This concerns, for example, disability care and nursing home care.

09.57 – Hugo de Jonge gets first prick with Pfizer vaccine Demissionary

Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge has received his first inoculation against corona in the GGD prikstraat at the SS Rotterdam. De Jonge was born in 1977, people from that year were able to make an appointment from 30 May.

On Twitter De Jonge expressed his gratitude: โ€œThanks to science, thanks to all those people who are committed to making the vaccination operation a success day in and day out. Praise for all those wonderful people from the GGD.โ€

07.37 – The vast majority of secondary schools are or will be fully open


The vast majority of secondary schools will be fully open from Monday. As evidenced by a tourof DeccEit among secondary schools. About 9 in 10 schools are already fully open, or will open Monday.

Seven percent of the schools surveyed dont open completely. Part of it continues the current schedule; another part increases the number of physical lessons, but does not go back to the old situation. Some schools still have doubts about what theyre going to do, says DeccEit.

When the number of coronavirus infections is reduced, the Cabinet decided that secondary education should also be fully reopened. This week, schools were allowed to receive all their students every day. From next Monday, that is mandatory. But not all schools see that sitting because only 10 percent of employees have been vaccinated, and there are only seven to nine full days left, says a school from Bussum. A school from Alkmaar says that because of health risks for their staff, they cant open 100 percent.

Although many schools open completely, they have reservations. โ€œMixed feelingsโ€, โ€œdoubleโ€ and โ€œa splitโ€ are formulations that come back a lot. On the one hand, they see that it is good for their students to go to school every day, but are concerned about the safety of staff.

06.14 – Gommers and Kuipers angry about mouthcap deal Van Lienden

Diederik Gommers and Ernst Kuipers do not have a good word left for the mouth cap deal with the government that entrepreneur Sywert van Lienden has left over 9 million euros. โ€œI dont understand why he wont return the money,โ€ said Gommers, chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care in the Beau programme on RTL 4.

โ€œThis was a crisis situation,โ€ said Ernst Kuipers of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ). He says he doesnt understand that โ€œsomeone takes advantage of it in such a way.โ€ Presenter Beau van Erven Dorens was vaccinated against the coronavirus in the talk show. The 50-year-old presenter got the shot from Kuipers.

Van Lienden is under attack because he had previously said that he would arrange mouthcaps for no profit. It turns out that he has made a profit of 9 million euros and his two associates 5 million each. The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday that it had pre-financed the mouthcap deal with Van Lienden, as well as more than 100 supplies of corona protective equipment from other companies.

The House of Representatives is lacking its way of action. But according to Tamara van Ark (Medical Care), everything went according to the rules.

03.31 – Court ruling in cases gyms against State

The judge decides Friday whether gyms may be reopened in full. Foundation Fitness Is Medicine and a group of sixty gyms demanded that last week in two different interim cases against the State. The group of gyms also wants compensation for all the damage suffered.

The gyms are open again under conditions since 19 May. At indoor sports venues, up to thirty people are allowed and group classes are not yet allowed. Those restrictive measures will be relaxed from Saturday. Then, among other things, group classes under conditions are allowed again.

Foundation Fitness Is Medicine called it irresponsible not to allow fitness centers to reopen completely. According to the foundation, sports are a primary need for life which is important to build a better resistance in coronatijd. Subject to the basic coronas rules such as keeping sufficient distance, the foundation demands that no further conditions apply to the gyms.

In addition to full reopening, the group of sixty gyms demands compensation for all the damage suffered. Hans Vos, who took the lead in the proceedings for interim relief on behalf of the gym PurePowerGym, argues that the vast majority of the gyms in the (fighting) sports and fitness industry are on the bringdown.

03.03 – Medical team leaves for Suriname for corona care

. A medical team and former Director General of the RIVM, Marc Sprenger, leave for Suriname on Friday. Theyre going to see what it takes to control the emergency surrounding the corona epidemic in the country. They are expected to leave at 11.00 am from Schiphol to Paramaribo. The team consists of 23 health care staff.

Suriname is suffering from a huge corona wave. Due to the large increase in coronavirus cases, the highest levels of risk are in place. Also, a lockdown has been declared. There are shortages of everything in the country, like medicine and mouth caps. Suriname has almost 600,000 people.

The team will help and inventory what will be needed for staff and materials in the coming weeks. Doctors will also build COVID units to ensure that people can receive acute care.

The Netherlands will probably send the first coronavaccins to Suriname next week. Thecountry receives 40,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 50,000 from Pfizer. More will be sent later.