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22.22 – Festival world lacks long-term vision of cabinet

Festival organizer ALDA and dj Armin van Buuren are โ€œhugely disappointedโ€ that the festival A State Of Trance (ASOT) can’t be definitively continue. Due to the corona measures announced by the government during the press conference on Friday night, nightclubs and nightclubs have to keep their doors closed until November 1.

A State of Trance was scheduled for September 3 and 4th and was to be Van Buuren‘s thousandth show. โ€œI was looking forward to getting back on stage and celebrating this milestone together.โ€

According to ALDA’s director and co-founder Allan Hardenberg, it‘s nice that the government finally clarifies the continuation of A State Of Trance. But the festival organizer still lacks a long-term vision. โ€œFor us as an organizer and producer, for our suppliers and artists, as well as for our visitors, this is essential. We cannot policy measures that change every two weeks,โ€ says Hardenberg.

Dance Valley and Dutch Valley will be relocated to August next year due to extended corona measures. The tickets for the festivals in the Spaarnwoude recreation area remain valid for the 2022 edition, with tens of thousands of people coming to Dutch Valley and Dance Valley every year. The organization was not surprised by the proclaimed measures. โ€œBut the government doesn’t have its business in order, not us as an industry,โ€ said a spokesperson.


is unclear whether the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will continue this year. Because nightclubs and nightclubs need to stay closed until November 1, ADE, which was scheduled for October 13 to 17, cannot take place. The dance event organises hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world every year, discusses the plans for this year. Last year ADE was kept completely digital by the corona crisis. That online edition, with live streams of performances and a digital conference, attracted millions of viewers.

22.22 – No more quarantine for vaccinated pupils and teachers Teachers

and pupils in primary, secondary and special education who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks against corona no longer need to quarantine in the new school year if they have been in contact with an infected person. The Department of Education will let us know on Friday.

Furthermore, only non-vaccinated primary and secondary teachers and unvaccinated secondary school students need to self-test twice a week. The Ministry reports that easing measures in schools according to the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) is responsible.

Other corona rules such as those currently in high schools, such as keeping a distance of 1.5 metres to teachers and wearing masks in corridors and canteens, remain in force for the time being. The VO Council, the Association of Secondary Education Schools, hopes and expects further relaxations for secondary schools will be possible from 20 September onwards.

The council says they understand โ€œfor the cautious start the cabinet makesโ€ with the reopening of secondary education after the summer vacation. But maintaining the face mask duty in particular is difficult, โ€œas it turned out at the end of last school yearโ€.

21.43 โ€” AoB Education Union hopes that open education can safely Education

union AOb hopes that universities, colleges and mbo‘s can be safely reopened without 1.5 meters away. โ€œA repetition of the infestations that happened this summer would be really horrible. The voluntary testing and maximum size of 75 students in a room are precautions; it remains exciting if it’s enough,โ€ says President Tamar van Gelder.

According to Van Gelder, students and staff have โ€œa bad time.โ€ For more than a year, virtually all lessons were online and people didn‘t see each other in person. โ€œEveryone is doing their best to make some of it, but it’s not simple.โ€

Trade Union CNV Education wants clearer direction during the upcoming school yearof the cabinet where continuity of education comes first. Because after a year and a half of corona, this is extremely important for students, students and education personnel alike.โ€ President Daniรซlle Woestenberg calls on teachers, students and students to use their โ€œcommon senseโ€ and to behave responsibly. โ€œSo think of hygiene measures, masks and tests where necessary, distance from secondary school staff and staying home with corona-like complaints. These are all crucial prerequisites to open safely.โ€

20.52 – VNO/NCW and SMEs Netherlands welcome clarity

The entrepreneurial organizations VNO/NCW and SMEs Netherlands have responded with agreement to the government‘s decision on phased down of the corona measures. โ€œMany entrepreneurs have been in uncertainty over the past period. With the relaxations announced, they know at least where they are up to.โ€

However, entrepreneurial organisations stress that there are concerns that the government will make changes to the easing policy in the event of increasing measurements. โ€œThat shouldn’t happen because at some point we have to go back to normal. Entrepreneurs benefit from certainty.โ€

20.41 – Admission tests from next month on more than 75 guests

from September 20th, hospitality, events, festivals, sports competitions and arts and culture are required to request an entry test or vaccination certificate if more than 75 guests are present. There is no distinction for indoor or outdoor locations, demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday night at a press conference on corona. The measure will not apply to retail or work, for example.

Now access tests are still free, but that will end in the long run. The government does not want unvaccinated persons to pass a test free of charge if virtually everyone has already been vaccinated. Demissionary coronaminister Hugo de Jonge does not think this is an example of vaccination coercion. โ€œYou always have your own choice.โ€ He calls it โ€œa strong incentiveโ€ to persuade unvaccinated people to get pricked.

In summer, there was more to the hospitality and nightlife through access tests, but that worked out badly. The number of contamination was at lightning speed, as the system was far from waterproof. At the door was not always checked properly and access codes were sometimes copied from each other. This allowed infected people to enter, resulting in a wave of infection.

This time it‘s different, Rutte and De Jonge think. For example, โ€œmystery guestsโ€ are deployed by municipalities who act as a guest and check compliance with the rules. Access tests are also valid for 24 hours instead of the 40 hours earlier. Furthermore, De Jonge says the CoronaCheckapp has been modified, making it harder to copy the QR code.

20.32 – Education opening is coming too early, GD’s say

universities, colleges and MBO‘s are reopening too quickly and that can lead to an increase in the number of infections. That says GGD GHOR Nederland, the umbrella organisation of all regional health services.

The GD would have preferred the institutions to open until September 19. โ€œIt was only then that everyone had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, including the two-week period of immunity building,โ€ said GGD GHOR Nederland.

Approximately 1.8 million people in the Netherlands have not yet been vaccinated. โ€œIn addition, the recurring holidaymakers at the end of August, who can also bring infections. The risk of outbreaks within education is real, and these outbreaks can then lead to the risk of contamination outside education,โ€ adds the GGD dome.

Therefore, health services are already preparing for a new increase in positive tests, for example by employing people for source and contact research.

The GGs fear that letting go of the 1.5 metre rule in higher education may result in people from keeping a distance from each other in the rest of society either. โ€œWe have the experience of the too fast easing on the retina at the end of June,โ€ says GGD GHOR chairman Andrรฉ Rouvoet.

18.14 – Little animation for vaccination duty at work or in education

More than half of employers and employees feel nothing about vaccination duty at work. Seven out of ten students don’t see such a compulsory prick in education. This is reflected in a survey by a Today that took over 17,536 members of the EenToday Opinion Panel.

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Although there is still a home work advice now, there will bethe summer holidays are likely to meet more workers in the workplace. 38 percent of employers believe that employees may be required to be vaccinated. 42 percent of employees support such a requirement. While some employers indicate that they would prefer to require their employees to be vaccinated, they agree with many employees that such a requirement is morally and legally irresponsible, says Etoday.

Of the students, 69 percent don‘t feel like a vaccination duty. Above all, they want to avoid a division. In higher education, the 1.5 meter rule is likely to expire. Half (50 percent) of the students who questioned a Today applaud that. 39 percent don’t see that. These students want to prevent education from being locked again because letting go of this measure will increase the number of infections again.

17.05 โ€” D66: Executives should be able to ask care and childcare workers about vaccination

child care executives and in healthcare should be given the opportunity to ask their employees if they are vaccinated against the coronavirus. Coalition Party D66 advocates that. In an opinion piece in Het Financieele Dagblad, D66 MP Jan Paternotte says that โ€œexecutives need to know if employees have been vaccinated so that they can provide children and patients with a safe environment.โ€

โ€œYou do vaccination not only for yourself, but just as well for everyone else,โ€ Paternotte writes. โ€œFor example, for the small group that remains vulnerable after vaccination, especially the elderly. And for those people who cannot be vaccinated, for example because they had allergic reactions to vaccination before. And children under 12 years of age who are not eligible for a shot at all.โ€

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Paternotte acknowledges that the law is likely to need to be amended to give care and care executives this opportunity. Next week, there may be another coronade bat in the House of Representatives. It has to come back from recess for that. Paternotte then hopes to find supporters for his plea.

15.10 – Denmark completely ceases to face mask duty

Even in the last places where there were still face masks in Denmark, this is no longer mandatory. From Saturday, it is no longer necessary to wear a face mask in public transport or on ferries as passengers without a seat. The obligation to keep distance (1.5 metres) had already died, and passengers with seats were not required to have a face mask.

According to the Ministry of Transport, it makes sense that the face mask duty for standing passengers is now being removed. Exception remains air traffic because, according to the Ministry, it is governed by international rules.

Initially, the face mask duty would disappear on 1 September, but that has been early because, according to the authorities, it goes well with public health. The country with over five million inhabitants has detected approximately 330,000 infections. Approximately 314,000 of them have been declared cured. Denmark is due to approximately 2560 deaths of coronavirus. Fourteen corona patients are currently in a worrying condition.

14.34 – FNV: ‘Employee must decide whether to work at home’

An employee must be able to decide whether to work in the office or at home, especially as long as the coronavirus Delta variant causes infections. That‘s what union FNV thinks. CNV also says no unnecessary risks should be taken. Since mid-July, the Cabinet has been advising to work as much as possible at home, as the number of corona infections increased rapidly at that time.

With a new corona policy press conference, the Cabinet will look forward to the coming months later on Friday and how the measures in force can be further reduced. There will be a new decision moment in mid-September.

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The Cabinet did not consider it necessary earlier this summer to work at home as much as possible. It came back after a debate that revealed that the House wanted to tighten the opinion again. The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) had always advised to maintain the home work advice, but that was the case at the end of June.

Trade unions FNV and VCP have already reported that employees would also like to change between working from home and office in the future. โ€œWe strongly support the statutory enforcement of this right,โ€ says a spokeswoman for FNV. โ€œAbout half of the workforce has been working at home in the last 16 months. Many employees liked this very well.โ€

09.50 – IC bedman Ernst Kuipers wants to be best minister

โ€œIf they ask me to become a minister, I would definitely consider it.โ€ That says Ernst Kuipers,Chairman of the National Network Acute Care, in an interview with De Volkskrant. โ€œThere’s a lot we need to deal with in healthcare in the coming years. We need more attention to prevention, digitization, we need to wonder how we get and hold new staff. So enough to do.โ€

Kuipers answers whether, like NWO top man Marcel Levi, former president of hospitals in Amsterdam and London, he sees himself as a minister. โ€œI know Marcel well, we would both be suitable for that. We haven‘t studied political science or public administration, we’ve never been an alderman, never administrative assistant to a minister, so we haven‘t traveled the usual route, but that’s not necessary either. During the medicine course, you learn to be decision-making and communicative, a lot of teaches about crisis management and problem analysis. You can use that knowledge to your patients, but also as a driver,โ€ says Kuipers in the newspaper.

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Kuipers would also like to see โ€œimportant positions in the ministry had people who once stood at a bed.โ€ As a reason, he says: โ€œWith a background in healthcare, for example, it‘s easier to identify information yourself. Then you don’t have to ask the Health Council for advice on any change to the vaccination program. That has worked unnecessarily slowing down the past year. And if you do, at least appoint experts from the corona practice on the board, an ic doctor, a general practitioner, a healthcare manager. Chances that other advice would have come.โ€

09.00 – ‘Worrying about pregnant women at ic’

Academic hospitals are concerned about the increase in the number of pregnant women who are seriously ill due to the delta variant, reports De Volkskrant. This week, at least five pregnant women with corona have been included in the IC‘s, which is the highest number since the beginning of the crisis. It’s about women who haven‘t been vaccinated.

In total, 574 pregnant women with corona have been hospitalized from the beginning of the corona crisis, new figures from the Nethoss (Netherlands Obstetric Surveillance System) show. Of these, 66 women in the IC and 55 ended up in the obstetric high care department, a department dedicated to pregnant women with serious complications.

The CDC, RIVM’s US counterpart, strongly advises pregnant women to get vaccinated after re-examination this week. The vaccines are safe and effective, the CDC reconcludes based on new figures. For example, the percentage of miscarriages among vaccinated women is comparable to women who have not been vaccinated.

07.30 – Aruba: opening school year postponed for two weeks due to corona

Aruba postpones the opening of the new school year for two weeks until September 1. Reason is the sharp increase in the number of coronab infections on the island over the past period.

Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes announced this Thursday night (local time) during a press conference. Earlier in the day it became clear that the island has more than a thousand corona infections. Two corona patients died both Wednesday and Thursday. This brought the total number of deaths in Aruba to 115.

The high number of infections also affects children, said Wever-Croes. The rate of vaccination among children is not yet high. That is why the opening of schools is postponed for two weeks.

There is also a ban on dancing and loud music in nightlife venues. Only background music is allowed. Last Saturday, Aruba introduced stricter corona measures. For example, the use of masks became compulsory in public areas. Also, all nightlife venues must close at midnight and the use of alcohol in public spaces is prohibited.

07.00 – FDA: third shot for people with weakened immune system

The US drug watchdog FDA approved an extra coronaprik for vulnerable patients on Thursday (local time). Americans with weakened immune systems are eligible for an additional vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

According to U.S. Health Service CDC estimates, 2.7 percent of US adults have reduced immunity. These include people who are treated for cancer, patients with HIV, or people who have undergone organ donations. The FDA reports that fully vaccinated who do not have a weakened immune system are not eligible for a booster vaccine for the time being.

Administration of extra corona prick in wealthy countries is sensitive because vaccination in many developing countries is difficult to get off the ground because of a lack of vaccine doses. The World Health Organization (WHO) hascalls on countries to stop administering booster vaccines until the end of September.

Several EU countries have already announced additional doses to vulnerable groups in September. These include France and Germany. Israel is already giving a third vaccine dose to people over 60. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated that this vaccination campaign provides valuable information that can also be used in the rest of the world in the fight against the Delta variant.

06.00 – ‘A lot more flu shots purchased than last year’

The Ministry of Health has ordered 600,000 flu shots more for the coming flu season than in the 2020 corona year, reports. shortages still arose. Some audiences were asked to move away from their prick at the time.

Almost 4.8 million flu shots were ordered in total. In 2020, there were more than 4.1 million, while some 3.3 million flu vaccines are stored in a non-corona year.

It is not clear what percentage of the flu target audience eventually picked up its shot last year. This year, in theory, three quarters of all candidates could claim their flu shot. By comparison, in 2018 and 2019, the turnout was‘ only ‘52 percent.

According to the Ministry, sufficient flu shots have been expected this year, โ€œaccording to WHO guidelines.โ€ Still, it is far from sure if so many prick will eventually be needed. โ€œIn the last flu season, we saw – partly due to the corona-virus measures – very limited flu virus circulation. It is conceivable that the coming flu season – with fewer measures – flu viruses will circulate a bit moreโ€, says a ministry spokesperson.