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The Rotterdam hospitals Maasstad and Ikazia cannot guarantee that during the Eurovision Song Contest they can provide extra care to visitors, staff and artists of the festival in Ahoy. According to drivers, staff are overloaded with caring for coronation patients, which may jeopardize acute care. This confirms a spokesman for the Maasstad Hospital after reporting from Nieuwsuur.

The two hospitals closest to Ahoy are concerned that in the event of alcohol and drug abuse or incidents, staff will not have the capacity to provide proper care. By letter, they informed Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, President of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Security Region, of their concerns about the 30,000 visitors expected in Ahoy.

โ€œ We ask for a critical review, based on a risk analysis, whether this high number of visitors is desired,โ€ says the spokesperson for Maasstad. She points out that the care sector is โ€œextremely busyโ€ in the region. โ€œRegular care is scaled, ICs are full, and every now and then there is a stop for patients.โ€

Although other hospitals are willing to assist, pre-distributing patients is not always an option. โ€œSomeone on the ICU is not always easy to transfer. Not only someone with corona, but also someone who has had a car accident or myocardial infarction. We are always open to everyone.โ€

Mayor Aboutaleb says that it is a cabinet decision to consider the Song Contest as a FieldLab event and to continue with the audience after careful preparation. โ€œIn addition, the cabinet has decided to use the โ€œstop buttonโ€ procedure, which means that if the number of ic beds exceeds 900, the public presence will be reduced to 0.โ€

According to the Eurovision Song Contest, the event in the past brought โ€œhardly to no pressure on careโ€, a spokesman responds to the concerns. In recent months, the organisation claims to have kept close contact with the municipality of Rotterdam, the GGD and various hospitals in the area. โ€œPrecisely to pick up signals and share any concerns with us.โ€

In response to Nieuwsuur, the Erasmus Medical Center says that they consider the risk of incidents small.

Ticket sales for the Eurovision Song Contest with 3500 visitors per show, start Saturday.

19:30 – Istanbul on red: Champions League final venue is on doubt.

Chances are very small that this seasons Champions League final will be finished in Istanbul. The English Government has added Turkey to the so-called red list of countries.

18.32 – No quarantine for Englishmen after holidays in 12 destinations

English who are going on holidays to Portugal, Iceland, Israel and nine other foreign destinations will no longer have to quarantine upon return. But they have to do a corontest before and after their journey.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced at a press conference on Friday the green list of countries with a low risk of coronavirus infection and a high vaccination rate. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands are also included.

If you come back from an orange country, you have to quarantine ten days. The traffic light system covers most countries, such as major destinations such as Spain, France and Greece. The Netherlands and many other EU countries are also orange. By the way, many countries have closed their borders to foreign vacationers, and others accept only tourists who have been fully vaccinated.

When returning from a red destination, ten days of quarantine is also mandatory, but at its own expense in a government-designated hotel. For example, Turkey and Nepal are included.

โ€œ We need to be sure its safe countries,โ€ said Sapps. He spoke of a cautious step with โ€œunfortunatelyโ€ a limited list of safe countries. โ€œWe want a summer in which we can travel with vaccines and tests and reunite families,โ€ said the Minister. The British corona app will show from 17 May if someone has been vaccinated, says the minister.

Britons who are now going on vacation can be fined. Travel toabroad is allowed only for a valid reason. The other parts of the United Kingdom – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have not yet announced when they are easing their travel restrictions. According to the newspaper The Independent, they are going to follow the policy for England.

17.30 – WHO approves Chinese coronavaccin Sinopharm worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has for the first time approved a Chinese coronavaccin, that of state-owned Sinopharm, for worldwide use. It is a so-called emergency approval, which allows the product to be used faster than after a longer procedure for normal use.

Sinopharm is recommended for everyone aged 18 years and older. It takes two pricks. The drug is already widely used in China.

For example, through the approval, UN organisations can buy and distribute Sinopharm.

16.40 – Zuyderland hospital again takes coronapatics at

Zuyderland hospitals in Sittard and Heerlen since Friday afternoon 16.00 p.m. โ€œBut it is sharp to sail the wind,โ€ says a spokesman for Zuyderland.

Both hospitals announced a total uptake stop on Thursday morning, which was replaced by an uptake stop for coronapati-only patients on Thursday afternoon. The hospitals were completely full at the time.

At 16.00 on Friday afternoon, Zuyderland ended the withdrawal stop for COVID patients. โ€œThere is some space againโ€, says the spokesman. Zuyderland was confronted with a sudden influx of 35 new coronapatics on Wednesday evening. As a result, in Zuyderland there were 116 COVID patients, the highest number since the beginning of the second wave. Of them, 29 were in intensive care. And this while at Zuyderland there is only room for 60 coronapatics in accordance with national agreements, the so-called fair share.

16.10 – Macron: US and British are not allowed to block export vaccines


French President Emmanuel Macron calls on the Americans and British to stop blocking the export of coronavaccines. The Anglo-Saxons must put an end to the export blockade in order to strengthen global vaccine solidarity, says Macron.

In order to spread the vaccine, we must not block the raw materials and the vaccines themselves, said the President when he arrived at a European summit in Porto. But โ€œtoday the Anglo-Saxons block many of these ingredients and vaccines.โ€ Currently, 100 percent of vaccines produced in the United States are destined for the US market, stressed Macron.

13.35 – British 30s are also given alternative to Astrazeneca vaccine


The UK age limit for the Astrazeneca vaccine is increased. The Scientific Committee supervising the vaccination programme in the United Kingdom now recommends that another coronav vaccine be offered in the thirties. Now it only happens in younger people.

The age limit is set due to blood clots in adults vaccinated with the vaccine of the British-Swedish pharmaceutical. This rare side effect occurs mainly in younger people. Therefore, in more countries it is administered only to people from a certain age.

The UK Committee says that the opinion reflects the small number of infections in the UK and the availability of other vaccines. According to Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Head of Medical Service, the change will not delay the vaccination rate. All adults are still offered a first coronaprik no later than July, he states.

Since the start of the British vaccination campaign in December, more than 50 million coronaprikken have been put in place. According to the latest figures, two-thirds of the adult population have received a first dose. One third has already had two pricks and is thus maximally protected in case of infection with the coronavirus.

13.15 – European Commission close to signs large vaccine order Pfizer

The European Commission expects to complete the planned purchase of 1.8 billion doses of the PFIZER/Biontech Coronavaccin very soon, possibly on Friday. A committee spokesperson denies that the European order is blocked by France, as the German daily newspaper Die Welt writes. โ€œThere is unanimous support from Member States for the contract and our approach,โ€ he said.

The new vaccines are ordered for delivery in especially 2022 and 2023, as a boost after already started pricks and as a protection against new variants. The new vaccines for children may also be eligible. Until now, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has only approved vaccines for adults, but it is currently investigating whether the Pfizer vaccines are also safe and efficient for young people. According to the spokesman,expects a ruling on this from EMA in June.

According to Die Welt, which relies on statements by diplomats, France would have wanted to stop the order for unclear reasons, possibly because Paris wants a greater role for French pharmaceutical companies, the anonymous sources suggested. According to the newspaper, French Commissioner Thierry Breton (Industry) would also have doubts, but according to the spokesman, there were no discussions on this subject within the committee.

11.30 – Secretary of State did not do enough against corona in detention

Secretary of State Ankie Broekers-Knol (Justice and Security) has not done enough to prevent a Colombian woman in aliens detention twice had to quarantine because of corona. As a result, the detention of the woman took unnecessarily long. The Secretary of State therefore has to pay her EUR 880 damages, as the Administrative Judiciary Division of the Council of State stipulated.

Since March last year, there are temporary travel restrictions for people from countries outside the EU who wish to travel to the Netherlands. These restrictions are intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

For reasons of public health, a woman from Colombia was not allowed to enter the Netherlands when arriving at Schiphol Airport. She was then put into custody, with the intention that she would fly back to Colombia within two weeks. But the return trip was postponed because her roommate in detention turned out to be infected with the coronavirus. Therefore, the woman herself had to quarantine for ten days.

After this quarantine, she came to another roommate who was also tested positive for the coronavirus. Thats why the Colombian had to be quarantined again for ten days. Eventually she spent 25 days in detention until her departure from the Netherlands.

The Council of State believes that Broekers-Knol should have made extra efforts after the first quarantine period to prevent the woman from being quarantined again, so that she could return to Colombia as soon as possible.

06:02 India again records record increase in coronavirus infections

India has again recorded a record number of coronavirus infections in one day. On Friday, it reported another 414,188 new cases in the last 24 hours.

India has already registered some 21.49 million coronavirus infections in total. The number of coronadodes increased by another 3915 in the last 24 hours. In the country with about 1.37 billion inhabitants, a total of 234,083 killed Covid-19. Experts believe that the true death toll is much higher.

5:13 France postpones a European vaccine order at Pfizer from

France postpones a European order of 1.8 billion PFIZER/Biontech Coronavaccins, Die Welt reported Friday. The German newspaper relies on European diplomats. The order of 1.8 billion vaccines is scheduled for the next two years.

Die Welt writes that the reason for the postponement is unclear. Diplomats argue that the reason for the doubt is Paris may be that France wants a greater role for French pharmaceutical companies.

The German newspaper reports that, in recent consultations on vaccines, French representatives stopped decisions by asking technical questions and asking for clarification.

As a result of global demand for coronavaccins, EU Member State governments fear that they may be late with new orders. โ€œFrance would then be responsible for this disaster,โ€ a diplomat said to Die Welt.

04:22 Curaรงao Tourism Sector: lack of simplifications incomprehensible

The Curaรงao tourism industry is deeply disappointed at the easing of the corona measures as announced this week. The chairman of Curacao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA), Hans Slier, said on Thursday that the government has done a fantastic job in recent months to get the number of infections back under control. But now that it is under control, the tourist industry expected that it would also be more attractive for tourists to come back to Curaรงao. According to the President, it is incomprehensible that this did not happen.

On the island last Monday, cautious eases were introduced, including a reduction in curfew from seven oclock in the evening to nine oclock in the evening. But Slier denounces the fact that people are still only allowed to go to the beach in the morning between half five and eight oclock and the registration still applies, which means that motorists are only allowed to enter the streets twice a week.

In his view, the relaxation of these measures would certainly have contributed to the arrival of more tourists. The President further complains about the measures applicable to tourists not only to carry out a negative PCR test on entry, but also after three days to do an antigen test. He calls all these tests unacceptable.

He also states that tourists at Schiphol and in Miami, due to all the regulations and problems with online payment of an entry document, dozens of travellers missed their flight to Curaรงao. According to CHATA, the tourism industry in Curaรงao has been severely hit by the corona pandemic much more than other sectors. Currently, around 50% of workers in the tourist industry are unemployed. This is about 16,000 people.