For over a year now, the Netherlands and the world have been under control by the coronavirus overwhelmed from China. Countries awaken from lockdowns and restrictive measures. Just before the holidays, Europe seems to turn yellow again. What‘s happening today? Follow the latest news here.
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22.40 pm – D66 and VVD urge new testing site at Schiphol
Recurring holidaymakers should be able to get their coronavirus tested at Schiphol Airport, find D66 and VVD. It concerns mostly younger travelers who are (yet) not fully vaccinated. They can then take immediate action before the virus spreads in the Netherlands.
According to D66 MP Jan Paternotte and his VVD colleague Aukje de Vries, this test site at Schiphol and possibly on other travel hubs should be accessible. People shouldn’t have to walk too far, says Paternotte. There is already a test site at the airport but it‘s on parking lot P4, which he believes is a long way away. The reason for the motion of the two coalition parties is that many young people have recently become infected during their holidays in Albufeira, Mallorca and Ibiza, which have a yellow travel advice.
Demissionary minister Hugo de Jonge is not negative about the idea but does not want to have a test site “with every trunk”. First, he wants to talk about the proposal with Schiphol to see if and how it can be organised. A test site was opened last year, but as a trial that lasted a month. It stopped because not many contaminations were found and there was not enough test material in August.
De Jonge calls on all young people to get tested after their holidays anyway. First of all, you can do this with a self-test but if there are corona-related complaints, they can go straight to the GGD. The minister prefers to see that after returning from abroad, everyone does a self-test immediately and not wait for them to receive complaints.
The Ministry is launching a public campaign to highlight the self-tests. He also wants to make one-time self-tests available to every Dutchman. He wrote earlier in a letter to the House of Representatives.
21.20 – So far 154,000 puncture appointments made for Janssen vaccine
Approximately 154,000 people have now made an appointment for a prick of Janssen’s coronavine vaccine. That means that some 76,000 people pricked a date on Thursday, compared to around 78,000 on Wednesday.
It‘s the second day people can call with the special phone number 0800-1295, and on Wednesday the call center received 5.3 million calls from about 222,000 callers. That means the average caller made more than twenty attempts to get the call center on the line. On Thursday it was considerably quieter. 606,000 calls came from 103,000 people. On average, the callers made only six attempts to make an appointment with one of the 3500 call center staff.
There are 200,000 pricks to forgive for now. That means there’s still room for about 46,000 people now. When all appointments are fully booked, the people who then call will be on a waiting list. If Janssen has delivered new doses, they get a text message that they can make an appointment anyway. It is not known how long to wait and that‘s why the GGD recommends people to make an appointment for another vaccine at least so they can be sure they are given a drug.
It’s the first time people can choose a particular coronavine. The first people to make an appointment are being vaccinated on Friday. They‘re done with that one shot. With the other vaccines, people need two inoculations.
20:35 – De Jonge stays with it: 1.5 meters away needed until mid-August
The 1.5 meter distance stays up until mid-August, precisely to protect people who couldn’t get vaccinated yet. In the House of Representatives the call of D66 and PVV, among others, sounds on Thursday to release this basic measure or at least a few weeks earlier. But demissionary health minister Hugo de Jonge doesn‘t think that wise and holds on to the 1.5 meters. He follows the advice of the experts in the Outbreak Management Team (OMT).
“Mid August is a new weighing moment, by then all adults who want to be vaccinated and is more clear about the spread and consequences of the new Delta variant,” says De Jonge. A first prick is already reasonably protecting against the coronavirus, but a second shot, according to him, is veryimportant for better protection. Otherwise, people can still get sick and suffer health damage even though they don’t end up in the hospital. “Unvaccinated people must be protected in public life until then, and we have to be solidarity with them,” he says.
De Jonge thinks a lot of people are trying to keep distance, but like many MPs don‘t have the illusion that everyone follows the rule. Nevertheless, in his eyes it is important to maintain 1.5 meters as a norm. People are still talking about it. Excepting vaccinees from 1.5 metres is also not possible, because it is not clear who has been vaccinated and therefore it is not enforceable. It is also more difficult to introduce a measure once it has been abolished first. “We know where we stand before mid-August, but not after that,” the minister says.
De Jonge said he is “blood fanatics” to achieve the highest possible vaccination rate. He believes that in the end 15 percent of adults are not vaccinated and 5 percent of the vaccine doesn’t work. That means that a large proportion of the population is still susceptible to coronavirus, the minister says. The Minister warned warned, the Minister warned. There is a risk of returning to the hospital during the fall, so that regular care will be compromised.
In the autumn, he believes that it will only be clear to what extent vaccinates can transfer the virus themselves, how long the vaccines provide protection and whether they protect enough against the new virus variants. Also, it will only be seen after the holiday to what extent the holidaymakers take back the virus and variants from abroad. De Younger thinks it “a real scenario” that there will be a revival in the number of infections but cannot predict a “dark scenario” – more hospitalization.
19.50 – 60 percent adult EU citizens received at least one coronaprik
Approximately 60% of adults in the European Union have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once. It concerns about 220 million people, says President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission.
Von der Leyen talked to EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday about the progress of the vaccination campaign. It previously set the goal that at least 70% of adult EU citizens should be vaccinated before autumn raids. Already in July, enough vaccines would be available, sharpened later.
Up to and including this week, the EU has received roughly 424 million doses and administered around 346 million, Von der Leyen told Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his colleagues, and the vast majority of these doses are required to be fully vaccinated.
7 p.m. — General Practitioners fear many questions for vaccination certificates
GPs are likely to get a lot of questions from people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next week, but don‘t see any evidence of that in the new CoronaCheck app. That’s what the National General Practitioners Association (LHV) expects. But general practitioners can‘t mean anything to people right now, because the system that allows them to arrange evidence will not be available until next week. “It’s the government that came up with this and the government that builds it. The GP has no influence on when it‘s there and can’t mean anything to humans. So do not call the GP,” says the LHV.
Over the past few weeks, since the announcements of vaccination certificates, general practitioners had some questions occasionally. “But we expect people to actually see if it works with the app. We expect people to think: it won‘t work out, I’m going to call the GP. We fear that the number of questions is going to increase very much”, the LHV will know.
According to the association, the general practitioners fear that the vaccination certificate will give them a lot of extra work. And that while they‘re already busy. Many people come by who didn’t want to go to the GP in recent months because of the many corona cases. That reservoir of deferred care needs to be handled over the next coronavirus period.
General practitioners updated on Thursday about the so-called exception route, which is the proof of puncture for people who are not in the general administration. According to the LHV, the general practitioners had many questions, but it is not yet clear whether the system is clear to them now.
6.18 p.m. – May need ‘vaccine booster’ every year The
World Health Organization (WHO) thinks vaccinates may need to receive a “booster prick” every two years to maintain their protection against the coronavirus and its variants. For vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, it might be necessary every year. In the worst scenario, that would apply to the whole population.
Those estimates.are in an internal document revised by Reuters news agency. It will be discussed on Thursday at a meeting of the international organization Gavi, which together with WHO leads the Covax program to get vaccines to poorer countries. The periods mentioned may change.
Vaccinmakers Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna have often indicated that additional injections will be required after the first two punctures, but no hard evidence has yet been provided.
The preliminary document states that new variants will continue to appear, which would require people to have a ‘vaccine update’. It further states that in the most likely scenario, 12 billion vaccine doses will be produced next year, just over the 11 billion manufacturers expect to date.
However, problems are expected in the production and approval of custom vaccines, which can significantly reduce production. The document does not clarify whether certain vaccine technologies are preferred, as the EU has done. The country block mainly chooses the so-called MRNA technique used by Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna, at the expense of AstraZeneca and Janssen from Johnson & Johnson.
Approximately 2.5 billion doses have now been administered worldwide. In rich countries, half of the population has already been vaccinated (a first time), but in many other countries it‘s only 1 in 100 or less. That gap can get even bigger if the need for boostershots pushes poor countries in the back of the row is fear.
In an optimistic scenario, all vaccines that are still in the pipeline are approved and production can be increased to 16 billion doses per year, which could be fairly distributed around the world. Boosters would not be needed because existing vaccines provide long-lasting and powerful protection.
17.23 pm – Nearly 70 percent blood donors have antibodies corona in blood
Of Dutch blood donors now have 69.5 percent antibodies to the coronavirus in the blood, Sanquin blood bank reports. The blood bank research department gauges about 2000 blood samples each month to see whether there are antibodies to the virus in it. A month ago, this rate was 54 percent. “Vaccination is the major driver for this increase,” Sanquin explains.
Antibodies are also in the blood if someone has been through a coronavirus infection. Sanquin can test whether the antibodies to the virus result from vaccination or contamination. Of the blood donors over 70 years whose blood has now been examined more closely, virtually everyone has antibodies in the blood: 88 percent by vaccination and 10 percent from previous infection.
In donors between 61 and 70 years old, 77 percent have antibodies due to vaccination and 16 percent due to infection. In the youngest age group, aged 18 to 30, only 43 percent have antibodies to corona in the blood. In half of the cases this is due to vaccination, the other half of the youngest donors have contracted the virus once. “The vaccination strategy is clearly reflected in the age subdivision,” Sanquin summarizes the results. After all, it has been pricked from old to young.
According to the blood bank, it’s not exactly how many percent of people need antibodies to suppress coronavirus circulation. To achieve that so-called group immunity, it will have to be a higher percentage than before the additional contagious variants of the virus, such as the Delta variant, emerged. This variant, which was formerly called the Indian variant, causes an increasing proportion of infections. Sanquin is only adults, because minors can‘t give blood. That’s allowed from 18 years old. Whether young people are eligible for vaccination has not yet been decided. The Health Council is still working on an opinion on that. The schedule is that it will appear at the end of this month. The Cabinet is waiting for that.
4.44 p.m. – Hospitality and shops Lisbon close from 3.30 p.m
Restaurants, cafes and shops in the Portuguese capital Lisbon and its surroundings should now close at 3.30 p.m. Also, anyone who leaves or enters this region must carry a negative corona-virus test or vaccination certificate. The measures are being introduced due to the rising number of corona infections.
Of the increasing number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the capital area, 60 percent are infected with the worrying Delta variant. The increase is attributed by the authorities to this additional contagious mutation.
The number of infections has been increasing since Portugal reopened its borders for tourists a month ago. The country whose economy is highly dependent on the tourism sector reported 1556 new cases on Thursday. That‘s the highest.daily rate since the end of February. There was a lockdown in the country.
16.05 – Highest number of Russian coronadodes since January
Russia reported the highest number of coronadodes since January on Thursday. In 24 hours, 568 people died of Covid-19, and the virus quickly grabs around it due to the low rate of vaccination and the advance of the first discovered Delta variant in India. The number of new infections is also at the highest point in five months.
Moscow capital is the epicenter of the new outbreak. There, 90 percent of the reported infections consisted of the extra contagious coronavirus mutation a week ago. Over the past 24 hours, according to state agency TASS, the city reported 92 deaths, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
In the meantime, the corona measures are being tightened slightly in Moscow. For example, from June 28, people will only be allowed to enter a restaurant if they can show a vaccination certificate, negative test or recovery certificate.
Russians have been able to get inopposed to the coronavirus for free since December last year, but have not done so in massively yet. 14 percent of the population have had at least one shot, much less than in Western European countries.
Meanwhile, local authorities are increasing pressure on Russian citizens to get vaccinated. For example, Moscow obliges two million employees, including taxi drivers and restaurant staff, to be fully vaccinated by August 15. A number of regions followed this example.
Russia does not speak of a vaccination duty. “It’s voluntary because you can change jobs,” said the Kremlin.
12.34 p.m. – 100,000 appointments for Janssen vaccine. In
meantime, a total of 100,000 appointments have been made for a coronaprik with Janssen vaccine. Interested people can call a special number since Wednesday morning and will do so on Thursday.
The GGD sees that many twenty people are signing up, says a spokeswoman. There are 200,000 pricks to forgive for now. With Janssen, the vaccinated person is ready at once. Other vaccines require two punctures.
11 am – Less contact with GP around pregnancy during pandemic
Pregnant women and women who have recently given birth to a baby have had significantly less contact with the GP during the coronapandemic than before the virus reached the Netherlands. If they were in contact with the general practitioner, they were more likely to deal with mental health problems than a year earlier, reports research institute Nivel.
The researchers do not dare to say exactly what the consequences of the reduced general practitioner visit are. The fact that psychological complaints were more common is in line with previous research showing that pregnant women suffer from anxiety and depression more often during the pandemic, and are more concerned about their health and health of their unborn child, Nivel scientists say.
10 am — ‘Corona can infect brain cells’
The coronavirus can infect brain cells, but the transmission of the virus between the cells quickly stops reducing damage. Nevertheless, the infection leads to an inflammatory response that may contribute to the neurological and psychological complaints that many people have (had) who have (had) corona. That‘s what the Erasmus MC has done research.
There has been a long time ago that Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, affects the brain. Patients experienced memory impairment, headaches and sometimes even psychoses and inflammation of the brain tissue (encephalitis). Also, (ex-) corona patients smell less good.
The researchers saw that the infection leads to a reaction of the cytokines, the messengers between the immune cells. They can play a role in local inflammation. “The fact that SARS-CoV-2 may enter the brain through the olfactory nerve and locally infect cells leading to an inflammatory response can certainly contribute to neurological complaints,” says Debby van Riel of the Virology Department of Erasmus MC.
The immune system may also play a role in the brain related complaints. To find out more research, says researcher Femke de Vrij of the Psychiatry department. “We’ve now tracked the virus in the cells over a short period of time. We also only looked at a limited number of brain cell types.”
9:00 a.m. — British government comes up with low rates of vaccination
The British government is concerned about the willingness of vaccination in capital London and therefore invests a special vaccination summit. That‘s where health experts and community authoritative figures will be discussing action on Friday.
Responsible Minister Nadhim Zahawi says government will do more toconvince vaccine doubters. Special attention is paid to people of African and Asian origin. “Vaccination is our way out of the pandemic.”
It worries the government that millions of cities of London is lagging behind in vaccination figures. About 60 percent of Londoners have received at least one dose of a coronavine vaccine according to the latest regional statistics. That percentage ranges from 73 to 79 percent in seven other English regions.
Zahawi argues that everything necessary has been done to raise the vaccination rate. People can get help making a prikappointment and special vaccination buses run around. The minister said people are also vaccinated in “churches, synagogues, gurdwaras and temples.”
07:00 – Record number of new cases in Brazil
In Brazil, a record number of 115,228 coronavirus infections have been recorded in one day. In addition, 2392 deaths due to Covid-19 have been recorded in the last 24 hours, reports the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
The South American country with 212 million inhabitants has the highest number of coronadodes in the world after the United States; about 507,000. In terms of infection, Brazil ranks third after the US and India. In total, the coronavirus in Brazil has already been detected by more than 18 million people.
Currently, the Copa América football tournament takes place in Brazil, despite resistance and protest from the locals. On Monday it became clear that at least 140 players in the tournament tested positive for the virus. Brazil was not allocated until the last minute after Colombia and Argentina dropped off.
00.40 a.m. — UK reports highest number of infections since early February
The UK counted 16,135 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday. That’s the highest daily rate since early February. 10.633 and 11,625 cases were recorded on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
The Delta variant, first identified in India, is dominant in the UK and responsible for the increased number of infections. It would be 40 to 60 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was previously predominant. Since early May, more and more British have been testing positive for the virus.
The UK struggled with a heavy corona wave at the beginning of this year. At its peak, more than 80,000 infections per day were reported, but authorities managed to reduce figures with rigorous measures and a high rate of vaccination. The decline allowed restrictions to be lifted, but future easing is at risk as the number of infections continues to rise.
23.22 PM — Delta variant is upcoming: soon 90 percent in the European Union
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is moving rapidly in the European Union and some neighbouring countries. The variant, discovered in India, will account for 90 percent of all new corona infections at the end of August, expecting the European Health Authority ECDC in Stockholm.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control stresses that the Delta variant is more contagious than other variants, such as the Alpha variant from Britain, which is still prevalent. It is very likely that the Delta variant will circulate on a large scale this summer, especially among younger individuals who are not vaccinated, according to the ECDC. This could pose a risk for more vulnerable individuals to become infected, seriously ill or die if they are not fully vaccinated.
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