Is there ever an end to the corona crisis? After a tough year and a half, full of lockdowns and freedom restriction measures, people are ready for a party or holiday. But due to increasing infections, despite the many vaccinations, we are thrown back in time. What‘s happening today? Follow the latest COVID news here.
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00.50 — US reconsidering entry restrictions for non-Americans from EU
President Joe Biden said Thursday that the US is currently considering whether they can lift the current March 2020 restrictions that ban non-US citizens to travel to the United States from the EU. During a White House meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue.
“It‘s going on now,” Biden said about discussions within the relevant government agencies about whether or not to lift the entry restrictions. He said he could probably give a conclusion “in the next few days”. “I’m waiting for a message from our COVID team about when to do that.”
As early as June, the EU officially recommended its Member States to reopen their borders to American tourists after more than a year of strict restrictions. However, residents of the European Schengen area, as well as those of the United Kingdom and Ireland, are still not allowed to travel to the US unless they are a U.S. citizen or spend 14 days prior to arrival in a country that is not on the Disease Control Centre‘s ban list and prevention (CDC) state.
18.30 — From Monday
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Netherlands will be the high-risk area for Curaçao as of Monday 19 July. This means that all passengers have to do a PCR test before their flight to Curaçao. Only with negative results, travelers will be admitted. The same applies to people who have been vaccinated twice. In addition, after three days, it is mandatory to take an antigen test. Visitors who are positive should be in isolation for ten days.
At the moment, the delta variant has not yet been found on Curaçao. But according to the government, it can be assumed that the variant is already on the island. Curaçao experienced a rapid increase in the number of infections last week. On July 7, 20 people were infected, on July 14, it had risen to 102
the government announced that events are allowed to continue for the time being, which means, among other things, the beach clubs will not be closed. However, more checks will be carried out at nightlife venues. Furthermore, Health Minister Dorothy Pietersz-Janga stressed that people should wear a face mask when visiting shops and public spaces.
Pietersz-Janga is currently under attack because she does not want to indicate if she has been vaccinated. According to many people, it sends a wrong signal in combating the coronavirus on the island. At last Thursday’s press conference, the Minister stressed that vaccination is not compulsory and that every citizen‘s decision should be respected. Also, according to her, if they don’t want to, people don‘t have to answer whether they were vaccinated. That also applies to her as minister, according to Pietersz-Janga.
17.40 — Balearic Islands report substantial more new coronabe infections
The Spanish island group of Balearic Islands has reported 795 corona infections over the past 24 hours. There are 115 more than a day earlier, the authorities told the Spanish news agency Europa Press. Most of the new infections have been detected in Mallorca.
Health authorities reported that approximately three weeks ago, between 20 and 40 new infections were recorded on the island group every day. Now there’s hundreds every day.
As in the rest of Spain, the Balearic Islands are mostly young people who get infected with the coronavirus. Often they have mild complaints. In total there are 26 people on the intensive cares in the Balearic Islands.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday that travel advice for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands goes from yellow to orange on Friday due to the increase in the number of infections.
TUI told you not to fly to the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands until 13 August. The tour operator does not expect the travel advice to be yellow again within this period.
17.25 – Test and puncture site in Maastricht is close due to high tide The test and vaccination location
at the MECC in Maastricht is closed on Thursday due to waterlogging. The space stays closed on Friday, all appointments have been cancelled, let the GGD South Limburg know. It‘snot yet clear if the location can reopen on Saturdays.
The GGD contacts people who had an appointment to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. People who wanted to get tested can call themselves to make a new appointment.
The rest of the test streets and punctures in southern Limburg remain open and are accessible.
12.05 – Nearly 1100 coronavirus infections at Utrecht festival Verknipt
Another 29 visitors to the two-day festival Verknipt in Utrecht appear to have been infected with the coronavirus. This is what the GGD region Utrecht knows. 1081 festival goers have now tested positive. The event, which took place on July 3 and 4, attracted around 20,000 visitors.
However, it emphasizes that it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine who is infected at the festival. Due to the large number of infections in the country, many CDs are “at a different stage of source and contact research,” said the spokesperson for the GGD Utrecht.
On the first day of the dance party, according to the latest figures of the GGD, at least 515 festival-goers were infected on the second day 566, which stood at 448 and 516 cases respectively on Tuesday. According to the GGD, the numbers may increase even further in the coming days.
How to explain the outbreak around Verknipt in Utrecht is still unclear. Visitors to the festival had to demonstrate through the CoronaCheck app that they had been negatively tested, vaccinated, or recovered from previous corona infection. Verknipt was the first festival of the season in Utrecht and took place in the open air.
The organization of the festival has been shocked by the number of contamination among visitors. According to the organisation, the municipality of Utrecht talked to the municipality of Utrecht about the permit and all corona measures until the last minute. She also refers to the GGD, which indicates that it is difficult to determine whether the festival goers were all infected in Utrecht. “All of that strengthens us in the thought that we did well, but that doesn’t make the number of infections less acidic.”
12.00 – Appointment for Pfizer after AstraZeneca from Friday in relay
People who were born in 1956 or before and who want to receive the coronavaccine Biontech/Pfizer after a first shot with AstraZeneca can make an appointment with the GGD from Friday. In the following days, people from subsequent birth years can schedule an appointment, RIVM announced.
So on Saturday, people from 1957 are their turn, Monday 1958, Tuesday 1959, Wednesday 1960 and from next Thursday, everyone over 18 years old.
The Health Council recently gave green light to combine these vaccines. Antibody studies show that the combination of an initial vaccination with AstraZeneca and a second shot with Biontech/Pfizer protects against serious illness as well as two doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine.
11.00 – In Greece, tourists do not need to quarantine
Even though the Netherlands is tinting red on the European corona map today, Greece will not impose any additional demands on Dutch holidaymakers. The AD reports this on the basis of an exclusive interview with Greek Tourism Minister Harris Theocharis.
“The Dutch don‘t have to fear that they have to quarantine here. That’s not the case,” it sounds. As the number of infections increases explosively, the Netherlands is threatening to turn red again on the map of the European RIVM, the EDCD, as of today.
Countries can then decide to set more conditions for holidaymakers, such as a quarantine period of five or ten days after arrival.
10.50 — Two test streets in Rotterdam region close to large number of tests
Many people want to get tested for the coronavirus and therefore the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond has decided to close two test sites for the time being. The testers are going to work in larger locations “so we can test more people,” the health service explains.
It concerns the test sites in Maassluis and Hoek van Holland. At least they stay closed until August 1. The Rotterdam GGD speaks of a “huge test question” in the region.
10.25 — China wants to ban unvaccinated residents from public spaces
Millions of Chinese people may soon be unable to go to public spaces such as schools, hospitals or malls because they haven‘t been vaccinated against the coronavirus yet. Several cities are considering implementing such measures. With the heavy measure, governments hope to keep the virus under control, while the delta variant spreads across Asia.
In Chuxiong City, everyone aged 18 or older must have had at least one vaccination before July 23. Anyone who doesn’t get banned from public places. A month later, two dosages are mandatory.In the Tianhe region, officials will no longer receive salaries if they have not been vaccinated by July 20th.
Many Chinese cities want 70 to 80 percent of residents vaccinated in September. That‘s more than the nationwide goal. The Chinese government wants to have 64 percent of the total population vaccinated by the end of the year.
China started vaccinating at the end of 2020, but the campaign is slow. This is due to the success of reducing outbreaks in the country, as well as a mistrust of the vaccine itself. 1.4 billion dosages would have now been administered.
9.59 — Australian state Victoria in lockdown
Australian state of Victoria goes in lockdown for five days. The authorities hope to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “You only get one chance to get into it fast and fast,” said state Prime Minister Daniel Andrews according to broadcaster ABC. “If you wait, if you hesitate or in doubt, you will always look back and wish you had done more at an earlier point.”
Major cities like Melbourne are located in the state. There are more than 6 million people living. They’ll have to stay home later, unless they have a valid reason to leave their home. For example, residents can still leave the door to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or if they have an essential occupation.
The lockdown goes in at midnight. That means that about half of the 25 million Australians are in lockdown. Such measures are also in force in the state of New South Wales in millions of Sydney. There, the authorities are trying to control an outbreak of the infectious Delta variant.
The Victoria outbreak is linked to a group of movers from Sydney. They delivered furniture in the city of Hume, north of Melbourne. Since then, eighteen infections have been reported in the Land. According to the authorities, the movers are not very helpful. In this way, cooperation with contact researchers is very difficult and would now be clear that they have not adhered to corona rules.
Australia kept the coronavirus largely out of the door last year by closing borders. Since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported over 31,000 coronavirus infections and less than 1,000 deaths. However, vaccination is difficult and therefore the country is vulnerable as the Delta variant seizes around it.
08.00 – ‘Prestige project breath test corona runs on fiasco’
The corona breath test devices that would come across the Netherlands in dozens of GGD test streets do not work properly in practice. In fact, the results are so bad that the GGDs refuse to take the breath tests into use, according to De Volkskrant, in conversations with stakeholders and papers held by the newspaper.
“We note that the current operation of the system is different from our assumptions about the system at the start,” writes dome organization GGD GHOR in a letter to the Ministry. According to the dome, the results are “far behind” to the desired result. Even after “many improvement steps”, it is not possible to get useful results from the test.
The breathalyzer of Leiden company Breathomix would become a pillar of Dutch testing policy. “This is a beautiful Dutch innovation that the whole world is jealous of,” Minister Hugo de Jonge said in the House in February. The Ministry of Health has ordered 1800 devices, worth millions to tens of millions of euros, most of which are now unused in storage.
6.35 – Concerns in Curaçao for rise coronavirus infections
For the first time in more than two months Curaçao has more than one hundred coronavirus infections. According to Curaçao government figures, 102 people were infected with the coronavirus last Wednesday. For two months, since May 12, the number of infections remained below one hundred on the island, with the lowest point 18 people on June 5.
Concerns are increasing on the island as the number of infections has increased considerably in a week. On July 7, it was 20 people who were infected at the time. So far, more than 90,000 people (out of 106,000 adults) have been vaccinated at least once.
In April this year, there was a huge surge in coronavirus infections in Curaçao and the island‘s CMC hospital was flooded with people who needed admitted. Almost half of all hospital beds were used at one point in time for patients with corona, including a significant proportion in intensive care. Dozens of doctors and nurses came from the Netherlands to help the hospital.
After a few weeks, the number of infections decreased significantly again, partly due to increased vaccination readiness. WithHowever, last week’s rapid rise has increased worries again. The government is expected to rapidly announce new measures to prevent further increase in the number of infections.
6.30 — Corona crisis causes major relapse ‘ordinary’ childhood vaccinations
The coronapandemic has caused a “dramatic” relapse worldwide in the number of children who could be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, diphtheria and whooping cough. Approximately 23 million children missed major vaccinations, significantly more than in 2019, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) report.
Last year 17 million children didn‘t even get any vaccinations. Many of them live in conflict zones, remote regions or slums where access to healthcare is already restricted anyway. The corona crisis has strengthened that, especially in Southeast Asia and in countries east of the Mediterranean. The vaccination level was back to twelve years ago, according to UNICEF child welfare organisation.
Director of UNICEF Nederland Suzanne Laszlo speaks of a worrying development. “Less vaccination means more children can get preventable diseases such as polio, measles, and tetanus.” According to WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outbreaks of these diseases are a disaster for healthcare systems in countries that are already fighting corona. “It’s more urgent than ever to invest in vaccinations for children and ensure that every child is reached.”