The coronavirus continues to hold the world in its grip. Vaccination is delayed, while entrepreneurs and society continue to sigh under the lockdown measures.
Read below the latest news about the coronacrisis:
GGD stops deep nose test in children
Again more coronapatics in hospitals, infections stable
Stressed coronaknarsers occupy the dental chair: Patients have sometimes bitten several gift molars in half
China vaccinates remarkably slowly and sends pricks across borders
In Brazil, 3650 coronadodes have been registered in the last 24 hours, reports the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Its the second day record for the country within a week.
On Tuesday there were more than 3000 coronadodes in Brazil for the first time. The Brazilian authorities reported 3251 registered deaths from Covid-19.
Brazil has broken one grim record after another in recent weeks. On Thursday, more than 100,000 cases of infection were detected for the first time. That number will be a little lower on Friday. In the last 24 hours, 84,245 new cases were detected.
Brazil has both the second highest number of coronavirus infections in the world and the second highest death toll after the United States. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, over 12 million infections have been detected in Brazil since the onset of the coronapandemic. In total, around 300,000 people died in Brazil from the effects of Covid-19.
21:53 More corona on Curaçao and Bonaire
On Curaçao, 409 new corona infections have been registered on Friday. Thats the highest number in a day since the onset of the coronapandemic.
In total there are now 2021 active infections on the island. A week earlier, there were 879, and 240 a week before. The rapid increase appears mainly due to the British variant.
The number of coronation patients on Bonaire also continues to increase. Since Friday, there are 448 active infections on the island. Thirteen people had to be hospitalized. Of these, ten are recorded on the island itself, three are in intensive care. Two patients from Bonaire are in the hospital in Curaçao, and one in Aruba.
Several cases of the British corona variant have been registered on the island. It was said earlier that other variants, such as the Brazilian, were found there, but this does not appear to be the case.
Due to the rapidly increasing number of infections on Bonaire, the island will receive an accelerated delivery of vaccines from the Netherlands in the coming weeks, so that all adults can be vaccinated. Semissionary Secretary of State Paul Blokhuis of Health called the situation on Bonaire “very worry.
16:06 – Church with 1900 members: welcome on Sunday
As well as the Sion Church on Urk, the Mieraskerk in Krimpen aan den IJssel wants to open its doors to hundreds of believers. “We would like to give everyone the opportunity to attend the worship services on Sunday. Please pay attention to the 1.5 meter line”, is listed on the website. Reverend Anthonie Kort didnt want to come on the phone at ANP for a response.
The fraction of Liveable Shrinking is very worried. “We find this absolutely an undesirable situation. Remember that this church is one of the largest in the Netherlands with around 1900 members. Theres room for about 1,500 people in the church. You just dont want them all to come together, with all the possible health consequences,” says Councilman Oscar Suijk. “Those people go back to the supermarket the next day.”
According to Suijk, the coronal figures in Krimpen are among the highest in the region. “The Church has a certain responsibility. We therefore call on the Mieraskerk to refrain from opening the doors wide,” says Suijk, who also says he fears for the coming Easter days. “We understand very well that Easter, in addition to Christmas, is perhaps the most important day for a believer. Yet we call on the representatives of the churches, as well as their members, not to go to church massively.”
Churches have an exceptional position because of religious freedom, enshrined in the Constitution.
15.00 – Matthew Passion Concertgebouw Orchestra canceled
The stream of a new performance of Bachs Matthew Passion by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by Philippe Herreweghe will not continue. An external collaborator was tested positively for corona during the preparation, according to a spokesman for the orchestra. “As a precaution, it has been decided to cancel rehearsals and registration.”
As a replacement, the Concertgebouw Orchestra will stream the performance of the 2012 Matthew Passion led by Iván Fischer. This stream takes place on Saturday at 8pm via Facebook and YouTube channelsof the orchestra, and can be seen on concertgebouworkest.com/video for two weeks.
14.00 – Hospitals provide less care again
Hospitals have been able to provide less care last month and have seen fewer patients than before the corona outbreak, reports the Dutch Health Authority (NZa). The number of patients currently in treatment is even below that of 2019.
beginning of December to the beginning of February, more people were treated than before the corona outbreak. “It is possible that hospitals caught up with care that had previously been canceled or postponed,” explains the authority. However, in the course of February the number of treatments fell again. Only on urology, internal medicine, surgery and obstetrics and gynecology were treated even more patients than usual.
References to hospitals and independent clinics were 94 percent of what would be expected without coronapandemic.
11.46 – Germany requires corontest for air passengers from Tuesday
Germany postpones the mandatory corontest for all incoming aircraft passengers for several days. Instead of Sunday, the measure will not be introduced until Tuesday, says Health Minister Jens Spahn.
The authorities want to give airlines and other stakeholders more time to prepare. At the moment, only a part of the passengers are required to test. Its only about the people who come from a country with many infections.
Tuesday, airlines may only bring passengers with them if they are able to show a recent corontest with negative results. There is only an exception for the crew of the aircraft. They are not under the obligation to test.
10.55 – Dentists and veterinarians in France are also allowed to vaccinate
The French health authorities have provided that dentists and veterinarians can also be involved in vaccinations against the coronavirus. The High Authority for Health (HAS) further increases the number of occupations authorised to vaccinate in the vaccination campaign.
This could increase the pace of the campaign. The HAS estimates that with dentists, veterinarians and pharmacists, 250,000 extra people are now available to inoculate. Formally, the government has yet to agree to the opinion of the HAS.
10.49 – Norway later decides on resumption of Astrazeneca vaccinations
Norway adopts the decision on the resumption of Astrazeneca vaccinations, reports the Norwegian broadcaster TV2. The authorities would announce on Friday whether the coronav vaccine may be readministered.
It is not clear when the decision will be made. A spokesman for the Norwegian health authorities refused to respond to TV2s coverage.
The use of the Astrazeneca vaccine was suspended on 11 March due to concerns about both clots and a reduced platelet count in people vaccinated with it. In Norway, six reports are known, four with a lethal outcome.
Other European countries also temporarily left the vaccine on the shelf, but most countries have resumed vaccination. This was followed by a new positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The World Health Organization (WHO) also considered that the drug could be used again.
6.01 – Smart bracelet signals early corona contamination
The UMC Utrecht conducts research on a smart bracelet that can detect infection with Covid-19 at an early stage. The hospital is only looking for 20,000 adults who want to participate in the study. This is the so-called AVA bracelet, which is normally used by women to monitor fertility.
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The researchers have good hopes that the device can help in the fight against corona. The bracelet continuously measures indicators such as temperature, heart rate and respiration. Before the carrier has symptoms, the device can report an infection. The wearer gets a signal to get tested. “A higher temperature may indicate a beginning fever and, in addition, coughing and tightness have a direct effect on breathing. A change of these factors together may indicate infection with Covid-19,” says Rick Grobbee, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at UMC Utrecht. Hes leading the investigation.
Participants wear the bracelet at night. “This is the first smart device to process data in real time. And thats important because if you detect a COVID-19 infection at an early stage, you can immediately go into quarantine, which means that you are less likely to infect another person. This technology could play an important role in curtailing this pandemic and identifying infectious diseases in the future,” says Grobbee.
6.00 – Numbernew coronavirus infections in Germany decreased slightly
The number of new coronavirus cases in Germany is slightly lower than Thursday. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of RIVM, registered 21,573 new corona infections on Friday morning. A day earlier, 22,657 new cases were reported, compared with about 16,000 on Wednesday. It was the largest increase in the number of cases since 9 January.
In total, the coronavirus has been diagnosed in 2,734,753 people in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. In the past 24 hours a further 183 people died from the effects of Covid-19. The coronavirus has already claimed more than 75,000 lives in Germany.
The lockdown runs in Germany in principle until 18 April. However, States have far-reaching powers to make their own policies. For example, the German state of Saarland announced on Thursday to stop the lockdown after Easter. Cinemas, sports centres and outdoor restaurants may open the doors again, but visitors need a negative result of a rapid corontest.