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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. How soon do we know how to vaccinate our way out of this crisis? Follow the latest news here.

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22.30 – De Jonge wants to have vaccination certificate arranged before summer

The cabinet wants to make a decision about the introduction of a vaccination certificate at the beginning of June. The House of Representatives then has three weeks to examine all aspects of such evidence, with which people will be able to travel. The Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge writes in a letter to the House of Representatives. As far as he is concerned, the Netherlands will be able to apply the European regulation which will be the basis of the vaccination certificate before the summer holidays. Brussels aims to bring that regulation into force on 21 June.

21.17 – Prognosis The Young: 815,000 pricks

this week are expected to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Thats a lot more than the 658,000 people who received a shot last week. Healthcare minister Hugo de Jonge tweeted the new forecast Tuesday night. The week runs from Monday to Sunday. The pricking is getting quicker, he says.

From Thursday, people under 60 years of age with a medical condition can face an invitation for an inoculation, reports a spokeswoman for his ministry. They get the vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna. For them initially, the Astrazeneca vaccine was intended. But due to rare side effects, the Cabinet decided to provide this vaccine only to those over 60.

The new target group consists of about 1.5 million people, born between 1961 and 2003, who are more at risk of severe corona disease due to a medical condition. These are the people who are eligible for a flu vaccine every year. General practitioners make a selection after which the GGD will put the pricks. Its probably gonna happen from the beginning of next week.

20.15 – Biden wants 70 percent Americans vaccinated on July 4


If its up to President Joe Biden, seven in ten American adults were vaccinated on July 4 with at least one dose against the coronavirus. On that holiday, the US celebrates its independence every year.

The goal is that 160 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, so that life can quickly return to its normal course. Thats 105 million now. Of the Americans, 145 million (56 percent) have now had one shot.

The White House wants coronavaccines to end up in places where they are actually used. Vaccines intended for states where there is evidence of less pricking are channelled to states where people do want to put their sleeves up.

The rate of vaccination in the United States varies by state, while stocks are distributed according to the number of adults living there. As a result, bottles remain. Biden told the governors of the states on Tuesday that these vaccines are being redistributed. States where demand is picking up can order more if they want to, and therefore do not lose their rights.

On average, 2.3 million shots are made in the US every day, whereas a few weeks ago there were 3.4 million shots. On Monday, there were only 1.2 million, the lowest number since February. But Bidens goal is already achievable if roughly half the average pace of the past month is reached.

18.35 – De Jonge: concerns about closeness behavior after first eases

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge warns that โ€œthe first cautious easesโ€ lead people to stop taking it so closely with the coronameasures. Therefore, according to him, it takes much longer for the number of coronapatics in hospitals to decrease. โ€œWe have to see a drop first, and if we want to achieve it, we will have to make sure that our behaviour does not go away,โ€ said De Jonge Tuesday in Sittard, where he visited Zuyderland Hospital.

The minister said it was โ€œnot going well at all. We can get over the peak in the hospitals, but they are still full now.โ€ He pointed out the more than 170,000 contagious people in the Netherlands. The chance that you run into someone who is sick is strongly present, according to De Jonge โ€œ. Thats why we need to be careful.โ€ What he saw on Kings Day and in the full shopping streets is not part of that. โ€œRelaxation is becoming loosening and the risk is that it will be longerbefore we can go back to the old normal.โ€

17.30 – Last week 60.000 people vaccinated

The vaccination program is getting more pace again. Last week 660,040 people were vaccinated, according to the data of the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). Thats more than in the weeks before. It amounts to more than 92,000 shots per day.

Only in the week from 5 to 11 April more people received a shot than last week. Then, in seven days, almost 920,000 people were vaccinated.

Almost 570,000 people received a first shot last week. In total, over 4.4 million have now received a first dose of vaccine. Furthermore, almost 92,000 people received a second inoculation last week. In total, just over 1.2 million people have now received a repeat shot, with which they should at least be protected from the coronavirus for the time being.

Living at home 55 people over the age of 55 are the largest group of vaccinees. In that group, 2.4 million people have so far received a first shot and nearly 800,000 of them have already received the repeat shot.

15.20 – Pfizer is counting on 3 billion doses


Pfizer and BionTech can produce nearly 3 billion doses of their coronavaccin this year. Topman UฤŸur ลžahin of the German biotech company BionTech said so on Tuesday. Previously, the two companies were still using 2.5 billion doses, but since then production has increased further.

ลžahin made his statements at a digital event held by the British business newspaper Financial Times. According to the director of the company from Mainz, the expansion went โ€œwithout too many technical problems.โ€ As a result, Pfizer and BionTech were able to continue to comply with their previously agreed delivery schedules. Due to the larger production, the companies supply vaccines for the United States and the European Union even slightly earlier than agreed.

ลžahin also said that the cooling of the vaccine becomes easier. Initially, the vaccine had to be stored in very cold freezers and then stored only for a limited amount. Meanwhile, Sahin expects the vaccines to last up to six months if stored at normal refrigerator temperatures. This would make Pfizer vaccines more suitable for use in thinner populated areas and countries where there are no or not many suitable special freezing facilities.

When BionTech and Pfizer increased their production target to 2.5 billion vaccines last month, they said they sold 1.4 billion of them. In his quarterly figures, Pfizer also announced on Tuesday that he expected to deliver 1.6 billion doses of the coronav vaccine this year.

14.30 – Bavaria this month again open to tourists

Premier Markus Sรถder says that the German Land of Bavaria will open again for tourists this month. From 21 May, holidays should be possible again in regions with a low level of contamination. Bavaria is a popular destination for travellers from Germany and beyond.

Bavarias decision comes at the time when the number of new infections throughout Germany has fallen after a long lockdown. Berlin and several Lรคnder, including Bavaria, also want to give more exemption from the coronare rules to the fully vaccinated and the people who have recovered.

Sรถder said that hotels, holiday apartments, campsites, open-air restaurants, theatres, concert halls, opera houses and cinemas may reopen in areas with less than 100 corona infestations per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days.

Several measures against the virus remain in force, said Sรถder. These include the closure of the open-air restaurants at 22:00 and the continuation of the mudcaps and test requirements.

13.11 – People from new medical risk groups turn for prick

A new group of people with medical risks is eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus. These include people with, for example, diabetes mellitus, people with immune disorders and people with respiratory, lung, heart or kidney problems. These people are also invited to the flu shot every year because of their medical condition.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) estimates that about 1.5 million people are involved. The invitations will be sent in the next three weeks, starting on Thursday. The group consists of people born between 1961 and 2003. They receive the vaccine from PFIZER/BionTech or Moderna. The people have been selected by their general practitioners and can contact the GDs for the prick.

It may be that some people in the group have already been invited and vaccinated before, says RIVM. For example, people born in 1961 or 1962, or people who work in healthcare. They dont have to make a new appointment. โ€œAnyone who has already been vaccinated may discard the second invitation.โ€

12.45 – Advice toCabinet: do not give false hope for easing


The cabinet should not raise too high expectations about the simplification of the corona measures, because if easing cannot continue, it may affect the โ€œcredibility and effectivenessโ€ of the Corona rules. This is stated by the Council of State (RVS) in its opinion on the second extension of the Temporary Act measures covid-19, which includes the corona measures.

According to the Cabinets chief legal adviser, โ€œa policy that is as consistent and coherent as possibleโ€ ensures that citizens and businesses continue to comply with the rules of coronation. โ€œThe government has to communicate clearly about this,โ€ says the RVS. However, the Council notes the โ€œtensionโ€ between the high number of hospitalizations and the increasing social and economic need for easing.

According to the RVS, the need for the temporary corona law is still there and the extension of the law until 1 September this year is therefore โ€œobvious.โ€ Moreover, the Temporary Corona Law is intended not only for scaling up the coronare rules, but also for โ€œphased scaling them.โ€ The law states that a measure which is no longer necessary must be amended or withdrawn as soon as possible. Therefore, the law โ€œat this stage can not be missedโ€, finds the RVs.

12.00 – United Kingdom: 50 million shots put

In the United Kingdom, more than 50 million coronaprikken have been put since the vaccination campaign began in early December. The government reports that over a quarter of the adult population have been fully vaccinated.

Some 34 million people have had their first vaccination, 15 million have also received their second dose. According to the Government, this has already had a significant impact on the United Kingdom, which was previously severely hit by the pandemic. The number of positive tests and deaths from Covid-19 has decreased exponentially this year. There were 130,000 corona-related deaths in the United Kingdom.

The government wants to offer all adults a coronavaccin at the end of July. According to the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, it looks like this is going to work. Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi calls the vaccination programme a great success so far. โ€œEvery shot brings us one step closer to ending this pandemic,โ€ he emphasises.

10.17 – Alert about increased misconduct in aircraft

The US Aviation Authority FAA warns air passengers that it will henceforth implement a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to misconduct on board aircraft.

In an average year, the aviation regulator sees 100 to 150 cases of misconduct by passengers. But since the beginning of this year, according to the agency, the number of reported cases has risen to 1300, which is remarkable as the number of passengers remains well below the pre-pandemic level, writes NBC News.

Unruly passengers may now be subject to criminal prosecutions, fines of up to USD 35,000, or may be excluded from certain airlines for life.

Common misconduct is the refusal to wear mouthcaps, excessive drinking and physical or verbal violence for political reasons. It has already happened that people who refused to wear mouthcaps were removed from the aircraft, leading to delays and annoyance on other passengers.

โ€œ It is not admissible and we will not tolerate that the crew and the performance of their security duties are hindered, point out,โ€ said Stephen Dickson, the director of the FAA, about the wave of incidents.

09.44 – Voters Madrid judge on relaxed coronation policy

Voters in the Spanish capital Madrid and surroundings go to the polls Tuesday to elect parliament in the richest region of Spain in an election that could change the countrys political landscape.

The right-conservative Partido Popular (PP), with leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso, is a favorite to return as regional leader. The 42-year-old Ayuso has won the support of many residents of Madrid by defying the left-wing government of Spain, which pressured her to close bars and restaurants in order to curb the coronapandemic.

Instead, she gave priority to the economy and social life, which satisfied many bar owners and restaurant owners. Many Madrians who are known to make frequent use of the vibrant nightlife were also pleased with this policy. Critics accuse Ayuso of neglecting health care.

08.31 – Test streets closed as a precaution due to strong winds

Some corona-virus streets of the GGD were closed on Tuesday as a precaution due to strong winds. The KNMI warns against heavy gusts of wind and has codeissued in yellow. On the west coast, in the Wadden region and in South Limburg, heavy gusts of wind occur from 75 to 90 kilometers per hour.

The test street in Zuidland is closed due to the risk of heavy gusts, reports the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. The agreements that had already been made are being moved.

The GGD Kennemerland reports that the test street in Beverwijk is closed due to strong winds. People can make an appointment for a corontest at one of the other locations of the GGD.

The test street in Vlissingen is also closed as a precaution, reports Omroep Zeeland. The GGD Zeeland tells the broadcaster that it is not justified to keep the test site open due to the strong winds.

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07.54 – Mouthcap refusers on plane

The Royal Marechaussee held six men at Schiphol on the night from Monday to Tuesday who caused inconvenience in a plane from Spain. Among other things, they refused to wear their mouthcap, reports the Marechaussee.

The captain of the aircraft has filed a report. The men arrested have Spanish nationality and are still in custody.

06.55 – Weekly figures RIVM: more than 50,000 coronavirus cases

The coronavirus is not yet on its return to the Netherlands. Over 50,000 new cases have probably been detected in the last week, for the fourth week in a row.

The exact weekly rate comes from the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) on Tuesday. Last week, the institute reported just over 55,000 positive tests, representing an average of 7871 confirmed infections per day, which was slightly distorted by a malfunction on the night from Monday to Tuesday last week.

In the next six days, 44,327 new cases were revealed, an average of 7387 per day, which means that Tuesdays weekly rate could reach around 52,000. During the last weekend there was also a malfunction that caused the daily figures to be low, but this was corrected on Monday, when more than 9200 cases were added. For a Monday, that was the highest number since December 21.

In the weekly update, RIVM also figures how many people have been admitted to hospitals in the past week because of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Last week it was 1661 new hospitalizations, 374 of whom were in intensive care. Furthermore, the RIVM will report on Tuesday how many people have died from the consequences of their corona infection. Last week, the institute reported 129 deaths, the week before 146

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the reproduction number is also recalculated. That happens twice a week. Last Friday, it was 1.03. That means that 100 people carrying the virus infect on average 103 others. By default, the RIVM looks back in time for about two weeks, otherwise it will not be able to give a reliable figure. The reproduction rate of 1.03 therefore refers to the situation as it was on 15 April.

06.43 – India crosses the limit of 20 million corona infections


The number of people in India who have been infected since the coronavirus outbreak rose above 20 million on Tuesday. 357,229 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. The number of coronadodes during the same period amounted to 3449 and totals at least 222,408, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

India is, after the United States, the second country in the world to have registered more than 20 million infections. The South Asian country recorded 10 million infections in the past four months, while the country spent more than 10 months over the first 10 million cases.

06.34 – Commission wants Janssen vaccine only for 30 people

over the age of 30. The scientific committee advising the Canadian government on vaccination policy recommended that the Coronavaccin Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) be used only in people aged 30 years and over.

On 5 March, the health authorities had authorised the use of the vaccine, of which only one dose is required, in people 18 years of age and older. But the distribution of the first 300,000 doses of the drug was postponed on Friday by the Ministry of Health for concern about its quality.

Denmark announced on Monday that it should stop taking the inoculation drug, because in rare cases it can cause blood clots. The European Medicine Watchdog EMA and the World Health Organisation WHO approved Janssen. They point out that the dangerous side effects hardly occur.

In the Netherlands, Janssens vaccine from Leiden is used. The first groups to get the drug arehospital staff and clients and employees of mental health care institutions (GGZ). The government coronadash board estimates that nearly 40,000 people have received that vaccine so far. In the course of this week, this should rise to over 80,000 and by the end of May almost 160,000 Dutch people should have received the Janssen vaccine. Janssen should deliver about 3 million doses in April, May and June, enough to vaccinate the same number of people.

06.30 – Still out. Most people who had to

spend ten days in home quarantine after a foreign trip, go outside anyway. This is evident from a study by the RIVM Conduct Unit and the association for GGDen, writes care minister Hugo de Jonge to the House of Representatives. Most often, they do that to run errands.

The PVV had asked him to give insight into the reasons why people did not follow the quarantine advice. For almost all countries in the world travel is not recommended for months (code orange). Soon it will not be just an opinion, but a 10-day quarantine obligation will be put into place, but only for countries with a very high degree of coronavirus risk. The Chamber will vote on that next week. The Court foresees problems with the enforcement of the obligation.

Of the 47,254 participants in the study, 1265 had been abroad in the six weeks before. Of them, 41 percent were excluded from the advice on home isolation due to work, school or family visits in Belgium or Germany. More than 12 percent did not go outside, but did go to a test on the fifth day after the entry. Over 45 percent of these returnees (573 people) went out despite the advice.

Most often they did so to go shopping (68 percent) or get fresh air (57 percent). Yet also one in three involved went to work (31 percent), 18 percent left the dog out and 36 percent was outside for another reason.

De Jonge cannot estimate how many people travel abroad in the coming summer months and who will be subject to quarantine duty upon return. In February, there were about 250,000 passengers, mostly by road, who would have been potentially subject to quarantine if the law had already been in force. The Minister thinks that we will soon be dealing with far fewer people, because the law only applies to highly risk areas.