LIVE Room worried and bleak to rapidly increasing coronavirus infections

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, we get ready to go on vacation again. Meanwhile, there are concerns about a possible fourth wave. Whats happening today? Follow the latest news here.

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20.50 โ€” Chamber worried and bleak to rapidly increasing corona infections

MPs are concerned and gloomy about the rapidly increasing corona infections. They want to know during a debate with demissionary minister Hugo de Jonge (Health) what this means for holidays, for example, and how it could get this far.


Wednesday, the number of corona infections per day made a big jump to 3688. Last week the daily figures were around 600. As of June 26th, virtually all corona measures dropped; only the 1.5-metre distance rule and other basic measures remained.

Several parties are happy that De Jonge has asked for an emergency advice from the Outbreak Management Team. A central question is whether the rising number of infections justifies new measures. Because many people have been vaccinated, it is not natural that the pressure on hospitals is increasing again. The care capacity and protecting vulnerable people are the main goals of the Cabinet.

Christenunie MP Mirjam Bikker does not want to blame De Jonge for the relaxations either. โ€œWe approved and encouraged them as a Chamber.โ€ Should measures prove necessary again, D66 MP Jan Paternotte wants a focused approach. โ€œNo all or nothing.โ€

For travelers, rising corona figures are likely to be bad news. As a result, the Netherlands may be labeled as red country, which may result in travel restrictions such as quarantines for travelling Dutch people. โ€œWe shouldnt be just about the point that so many Dutch people travel, get out of step with the rest of Europe,โ€ says Paternotte. Lisa Westerveld (GroenLinks) and Maarten Hijink (SP) also want to know what the increasing number of infections can mean for Dutch travellers.

Criticism is particularly critical of opening the hospitality industry by testing on access. This often went wrong, including poor door control or young people copying tickets from others. The few local outbreaks are mainly traced back to hospitality, De Jonge said earlier Wednesday. Among others, the PvdA, SP, CDA and GroenLinks want De Jonge to take a look at testing for access. Situations such as in Enschede, where about 190 of 600 visitors were infected afterwards, according to CDAer Joba van den Berg, should be avoided.

19.10 – Eindhoven prohibits terraces on Stratumseind on steps evenings

Eindhovens busy nightlife centre should be without outdoor cafes for the time being during the evenings. Its way too busy, people cant keep a distance in the narrow street. Mayor John Jorritsma, in consultation with the Public Prosecutors Office and the police, decided to delete the cafes.

The municipality of Eindhoven announced that Wednesday night. โ€œAlthough hospitality entrepreneurs generally take their responsibilities very well, this measure is necessary,โ€ said the municipality. โ€œThe hustle and bustle of this narrow street makes it impossible to comply with safe distance rules.โ€

By removing the terraces, the municipality hopes to create more space for visitors and passers-by. There are also often rows because people need to be checked for access. The measure also makes the street more accessible to emergency services.

The measure starts on Thursday evening at 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday evenings from 11pm. The terrace ban applies as long as the 1.5 meter measure is in force.

Mayor Jorritsma and alderman downtown Monique List discussed the measure with representatives of the Eindhoven department of Royal Hospitality Netherlands and Stratumseind on Wednesday afternoon.

18.15 – Increased infections no reason to suspend introductory weeks

Universities do not intend to suspend or adjust their introductory weeks in the new academic year as the number of corona infections increases especially among young people, says president of the association of universities VSNU Pieter Duisenberg. According to him, it is โ€œunexplainableโ€ that the corona measures are being relaxed, but higher education could not be fully open.

Higher education will not hear until mid-August whether the 1.5 metres in the new academic year can be released. โ€œBut we are preparing for just one scenario: fullopening.โ€

And that also means normal introductory weeks. Duisenberg: โ€œThe time of introduction is crucial for student development. Last year the introductory weeks couldnt go on either. Students who have missed it will catch up as much as possible in the new academic year.โ€ He believes that the introductory weeks are organised safely, including an Access Policy Testing at the parties.

Even if the number of infections comes to an extent that measures are being promulgated throughout society, Duisenberg believes that higher education should be open. โ€œEducation and especially young people need to be at the top.โ€

17.00 – Student union: Physical education should not be compromised

The increasing number of corona infections should not endanger on-site education after summer holidays, says the National Student Trade Union (LSvB). โ€œOur call to the cabinet is: set the policy so that physical education can continue,โ€ said President Ama Boahene. โ€œThat hasnt been a priority for far too long.โ€

Boahene doesnt find the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections as surprising. โ€œGovernment communication was: go dancing with Janssen,โ€ she refers to the recruiting slogan of Health Minister Hugo de Jonge. โ€œA lot of young people did just that. Thats how you call it about yourself,โ€ says the president of the student union.

The latest RIVM figures show that infections have risen explosively among young people. In the age group 18 to 24 years of age even tripled in a week. A large part of that group has not been fully vaccinated yet. More and more people are getting infected at parties and in the hospitality industry.

De Jonge has decided that after full vaccination, people should wait two weeks before they can visit a discotheque or event without a test. After all, vaccination does not work to the maximum. The immune system needs some time to get to work after the prick.

16.30 – โ€œVery busyโ€ at some GGD test sites

In different regions of the country, according to the Dome Organization of GGD, it is very busy in the corona-virus test streets. The number of test appointments is increasing everywhere, but especially in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Brabant it is busy, says a spokeswoman.

โ€œYou want the virus to be controlled,โ€ explains the spokeswoman for GGD GHOR Nederland. โ€œYou need to sit on top of it so that you can continue to carry out source and contact research properly. Its worrying that people who are infected across the country are walking around nightlife venues.โ€

Almost 3700 positive test results were reported on Wednesday. Despite the rapidly increasing number of infections, there is still sufficient test capacity in all regions, according to the dome organization. โ€œWe can handle this.โ€ The source and contact research can also be done in full at the moment. โ€œWe are flexible and can scale capacity when needed,โ€ said the spokeswoman. Thats not the case at the moment.

15:30 โ€” WHO: lowest number of coronadodes since October, but revival infections

The World Health Organization WHO has counted the lowest coronadodes count in the week from June 28 to July 4 since early October. Fewer than 54,000 people worldwide died of Covid-19 for seven days, which meant that the number of deaths was 7 percent lower than a week before.

On the other hand, the number of infections is increasing. In the week from June 28 to July 4, 2.6 million new infections were counted. Since the start of the pandemic, WHO has diagnosed 183 million infections worldwide and counted nearly 4 million coronadodes. The actual numbers are likely to be a lot higher, as many countries are far from detecting and registering all infections.

According to WHO, especially in Europe, the number of infections is rising again – by 30% compared to the previous week. Responsible for this is at least partly the advance of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. It is much more contagious than previous variants of the virus. The Delta variant has now been officially established in 104 out of 194 WHO members.

In the European Union, 62 per cent of the population had at least one vaccination prick. 45% of the population has been fully vaccinated. One problem is that the commonly used Pfizer/Biontech vaccine seems less effective once the Delta variant becomes dominant in a country. According to research by the Ministry of Health in Israel, the effectiveness of that vaccine dropped to 64 percent after the Delta variant became the most common version of the virus. In February, the vaccine worked in 95% of cases.Israel. However, the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine in Israel is still reducing the number of serious illnesses and hospital admissions of 93 percent.

14.30 โ€” 262,000 appointments Janssen Prik made, many more doses left

So far 262,000 appointments have been made for a jolt with Janssens corona vaccine, the Dome Organization of GD and reports upon request. Many vaccines are still available, but at the moment the appointments โ€œdripโ€ in, says a spokeswoman.

Since Wednesday, June 23, people who want to make an appointment for a shot with Janssen. Initially, 200,000 doses were available and 185,000 were already forgiven by a prikappointment on Friday 25 June. The next day it was announced that there was another 175,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

The counter stood at more than 233,000 appointments on June 30, according to the spokeswoman for GGD GHOR Nederland. That means that almost 30,000 new appointments were made in the next week. โ€œIts still running, but it seems less attention to it.โ€

The Janssen vaccine requires only one shot for full vaccination. Whether the number of appointments has been completed or increased since coronaminist Hugo de Jonge announced Tuesday that a person has to wait two more weeks after full vaccination before a QR code can be created in the CoronaCheckapp is difficult to say, according to the spokeswoman. The new rule will apply from July 10.

In Utrecht, another โ€œpuncture nightโ€ is held on Thursday with the Janssen vaccine at the Jaarbeurs. No appointments or additional agreements have been cancelled as a result of De Jonges decision. However, a spokeswoman for the GGD Utrecht reports that the puncture night, the last in a series of pristknights with music in the Jaarbeurs, has not yet been fully booked.

11.36 – Heathrow wants quick queues for vaccinated travellers

Heathrow Airport wants to set up special quick queues for fully vaccinated travelers. According to a spokesperson, it is first a trial for travelers arriving from the Greek capital Athens, Montego Bay in Jamaica and New York and Los Angeles in the United States.

Travelers wishing to use the faster queues must prove that they received both doses of their coronavaccination before departure and upon arrival.

The announcement of the Heathrow trial comes when the UK government wants to ease its corona measures. The British Government is expected to announce Thursday that travelers arriving from countries with code orange no longer need to quarantine as of July 19. The Netherlands also falls under the countries with code orange, where there is an average risk of infection.

Many scientists are concerned about the British Governments easing plans. The number of infections in the country is currently rising, as a result of the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant. But the government points out that the successful vaccination programme in the country causes hospital admissions and deaths to rise much less rapidly than the number of infections.

More than 86 percent of all UK adults have had at least one shot, and 64 percent of the adult population are already fully vaccinated.

11.26 โ€” US choose local approach to persuade vaccine questioners

The US government is going to do more this summer to get vaccine questioners vaccinated against the coronavirus. President Joe Biden made it clear that some neighborhoods will be going door to door, American media writes.

The US is one of the leading vaccination leaders worldwide, but the authorities are still very concerned about the infectious delta variant. โ€œOur fight against the virus is not over yet,โ€ Biden said according to The Washington Post. โ€œThere are millions of Americans left unvaccinated and unprotected right now.โ€

The President made it clear that the emphasis would be on a local approach. Americans will be able to get inoculated in places where they come daily, such as offices, churches and pharmacies. Getting a vaccine can then coincide with โ€œbuying toothpasteโ€, says Biden.

All American adults have been able to get inocated since mid-April. It was a storm at first, with millions of vaccinations a day, and interest is declining. Biden failed to meet his vaccination target this month either.

The President wanted at least 70 percent of adults to have achieved at least one shot on July 4, but that percentage still stands at 67 percent. In a recent poll, 20 percent of respondents said they dont get vaccinated.

ThePresident tries to cross the line in several ways. He stated, among other things, that it was โ€œnever easierโ€ to get a vaccine and asked his compatriots to โ€œpleaseโ€ use it.

Biden also appealed to the patriotism of his compatriots. He stated that its โ€œpatrioticโ€ to get you ingrafted.

09.46 – Twelve-year-olds no longer need to stay at home with brat nose

Children up to twelve years old no longer need to stay home from Monday if they have cold complaints. The so-called snottebubble directive is amended with the agreement of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), writes demissionary health minister Hugo de Jonge in a letter to the House of Representatives.

The rules for the group can be relaxed because children hardly play a role in the spread of the coronavirus and fewer people are now infected with it anyway. The children dont have to be tested for cold complaints either. At least the new rules apply until the new school year. By the way, those rules were more flexible for children from zero to four years.

With his letter, De Jonge informed the Chamber of the latest state of affairs around the coronavirus. He also writes that the risk map of the Netherlands showing the risk of coronavirus risk by region will be renewed weekly instead of every two weeks from now on. The map gives a more current picture, according to the Minister.

Furthermore, the Minister reported that the team that checks whether people do comply with their quarantine duty by phone is going to call more. That was necessary because the UK has become a very high risk area. Since last week, 500 people can be called a day. That was three hundred a day before

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if the call team thinks someone doesnt comply with the rules, the municipality can send a checker by. At least 31 fines have been written, the Minister said.

09.01 – Travel Advice Algarve in Portugal again

The travel advice for the popular Algarve holiday region in Portugal changes from yellow to orange on Thursday. That means that only necessary travel is possible, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Travelers who are now in the Algarve must present a vaccination, recovery or negative test certificate from Thursday on their return to the Netherlands and do not need to be in home quarantine. For the rest of Portugal there is a yellow travel advice, only in Lisbon and the surrounding region already had code orange.

โ€œEuropes corona figures are steadily declined. Many European countries have yellow or green travel advice. But the virus is not gone yet,โ€ the ministry says. For example, RIVM detects ascending infections in the Spanish regions of Catalonia, Andalusia and Valencia, among others. The travel advice for mainland Spain remains orange.

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According to the Ministry, RIVM closely monitors the situation in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands in Spain, which now have yellow travel advice. The same applies to Cyprus and the yellow part of Portugal. In addition, several factors include corona infection, positive test percentage, and number of travelers returning infected.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stresses that travel remains a risk in these times. Thats why its wise to read the entire travel advice and keep up to date with developments.

08.45 โ€” Millions Sydney longer in lockdown to Delta outbreak

The Australian state authorities in New South Wales extended the Sydney lockdown for a week. Residents of the metropolis, where about a fifth of the Australian population lives, need a valid reason to leave their homes.

The measures would actually expire next Friday, but will remain in force until July 16th. The city has been locked since the end of June, hoping to stop the spread of the Delta variant.

The first Delta infection in Sydney came to light at a limousine driver about three weeks ago. It had transported employees from an airline. Authorities have since identified more than 350 corona cases.

โ€œThis Delta variant is a game changer,โ€ said state Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian. โ€œDelta is more contagious than any other form of the virus weve seen so far.โ€

Last year, Australia managed to keep the coronavirus largely out of the door. The 25 million population has reported more than 30,000 infections and 910 deaths so far, far less than many European countries.

By now, Australian authorities are increasingly obliged to locally.lockdowns due to Delta outbreaks. In addition, vaccination is difficult in Australia. Less than 10 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.