Even now ‘we’ vaccinate, the coronavirus still causes dislocation globally. The mutants are worried. The British variant is advanging and also the Brazilian and South African variants are approaching. At the same time, economy and society are sighing under suffocating measures.
Follow the latest coronan news in this live blog.
The Catharina Ziekenhuis in Eindhoven was again hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus. This time it‘s about the surgery department, the hospital announced. Five patients and three employees were tested positive.
On Monday it was announced that five patients who had contracted the British variant of the coronavirus have died. That’s what happened in the cardiothoracic surgery department. The virus outbreak infected 13 patients.
“ Today, unfortunately, we are dealing with a corona outbreak in a department again. We sympathise with the patients and employees who are now faced with this infection,” says Chairman of the Board of Directors Nardo van der Meer. According to him, it is established that the outbreak earlier in the department of cardiothoracic surgery and now the surgery are separate from each other.
The Catharina Hospital has taken additional measures for the entire hospital to ensure that care can continue safely. This way, every visitor gets a special mouthnoser at the entrance, which offers better protection than the regular mouthcaps. Also, the hospital makes an urgent request to patients and visitors with complaints pointing to corona, not to come to the hospital.
OMT: AstraZeneca continue to use despite South African variant
The possibly lesser effect of the Astrazeneca vaccine against the South African corona variant is no reason to change the vaccination strategy at this time, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) recommends.
The South African variant has currently been established 54 times in the Netherlands. Recently, on the basis of a new study, the authorities in South Africa decided to refrain from using vaccines from AstraZeneca, which would be less effective there.
According to the OMT, the vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford does provide protection against the classical and the British variant. “The gain that can be achieved by rapidly deploying the Astrazeneca Oxford vaccine against these dominant variants in the Netherlands is great and currently outweighs the uncertain efficacy of the vaccine against severe Covid-19 caused by the ZA variant,” writes the OMT.
20.21 Haircuts at the lake
To bypass the mandatory closure by corona, hairdressers in Latvia cut customers in the open nature. For example, they do this on a frozen lake or in a snowy forest. The question is whether this is possible, recognizes a hairdresser. But otherwise she has no income at all.
It is risking a fine of 500 euros because hairdressing salons have to remain closed in the Baltic state since mid-December. Yet there is appreciation from a remarkable angle. The Minister of Health would have said that a haircut in the forest is “absolutely okay”.
A member of the city council of the capital Riga had her hair treated in the middle of a forest, “far away from a possible police patrol.” The lawyer made a video she posted on Facebook. It expresses its support for people who find legal ways to earn a living. Her hairdresser speaks about “outdoor training.”
Less playful is the action of two professional associations of hairdressers and cosmetologists, who threaten to sue the government if they are not allowed to get back to work soon. Parliament is about to consider the issue shortly.
16.58 Corona asks less
The capacity of the hospitals to provide other than corona care has grown again, reports the Dutch Health Authority (NZa).
“ The national operating capacity is slightly higher at 70 percent than last week. At that time, 68 percent of that was available. In addition, 75 percent of hospitals give full support to the critically planned care. Last week, 71 percent said to deliver this care on schedule,” the organization said. This is a concern that needs to be delivered within six weeks to prevent further damage to health.
Other planned care is only partially provided by 75 percent of hospitals and 3 percent say they can provide this care in full. All hospitals report that the (semi-) acute care is fully available, but that has been the case for a few weeks.
15.52 All daily figures
The number of coronapatics in the Dutch hospitals has fallen slightly again. All over the country now 1919 people are in hospital. However, people are still being transferred. Meanwhile, 3416 new positive tests have been reported below the weekly average. See more here:
14.41 Fraud withvaccines
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is investigating the growing practices of counterfeit coronavaccines. According to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Agency also advises Member States on how to identify scams with COVID-19 vaccines.
“ We see a growing number of fraud cases and attempts at fraud related to vaccines,” said Von der Leyen at a press conference in Brussels. The committee is taking action to curb that growing trend and bring people responsible for it to justice, she said.
“ In a crisis like this, there are always people who try to make a break out of other people‘s problems,” she said. According to Von der Leyen, from home to doctor, it is extremely risky to accept vaccines that are offered on the black market.
14.30 Rumor of Judge Marie-Anne Tan-de Sonnaville’s performance Tuesday night
in the curfew case caused a storm on social media. Was she even impartial?
14.10 Ajax Loss
The coronacrisis is chopping in at Ajax. The leader of the Eredivisie suffered a loss of 1.3 million euros last six months, which represents a drop of 18.6 million euros compared to last season.
13.45 Billions Injection
There will be a billion-dollar injection in education to eliminate the backlog caused by the corona closure.
13.07 ‘Faster approval of new vaccines’
The European Commission intends to review procedures at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in order to speed up the adoption of new vaccines against more contagious and dangerous corona variants. The way in which the annual flu vaccines, which are regularly adapted to changing influenza viruses, are assessed for rapid market admission, serves as a model for this. The EU also needs to take immediate action to scale up the development and production of vaccines against mutations, says Brussels.
12.35 hours ‘British coronavariant in progress on marchs’
The British coronavirus variant is making an advance in Germany. Health Minister Jens Spahn said that the mutated version of the virus accounts for 22% of the detected infections in his country. It was about 6 percent about two weeks ago, German media reports.
12:34 South Africa starts vaccination campaign
In South Africa, the national vaccination campaign has started in a hospital in Cape Town. A nurse was the first to receive a vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. The start of the vaccination programme was delayed because the authorities had previously failed to use the vaccines taken into account by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
12.32 hours 150 million additional doses of Moderna vaccine
The European Commission is purchasing 150 million extra doses of vaccines from Moderna. This has been confirmed by a spokesman against the ANP. Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that the Executive Board signed a deal on the purchase of 200 million doses of the PFIZER/Biontech vaccine.
The British authorities
were the first
country in the world to allow volunteers to be infected with the coronavirus in order to investigate what the virus does to humans.
10.55 a.m. Aid to zoos
in difficulty due to the coronacrisis will be eligible for public aid from next week. The Cabinet had already set aside EUR 39 million for this and is now authorised by the European Commission to come to the aid of the parks.
10.32 a.m. Emergency law
De Tweede Kamer debates on Thursday an emergency law that must form a solid legal basis for the controversial curfew.
10.24 hrs Warning Den Blijker
If the demissionary cabinet does not increase the catering compensation quickly, that may soon have ‘very unpleasant consequences’. Herman den Blijker warns against this.
10.19 hours 200 million doses
The European Commission buys 200 million more doses of the corona vaccine from Pfizer and BionTech. These will probably be delivered to the 27 countries in the European Union, including the Netherlands, before the end of the year. In addition, Brussels has an option to order another 100 million doses.
Brussels had previously ordered 300 million doses of the vaccine. The agent of the two companies, called Comirnaty, was the first to enter the EU market.
10.14 hours Audience at Australian Open
During the last days of the Australian Open, 7477 fans will be admitted to the Rod Laver Arena per session from Thursday.
09.41 hours Exit strategy UK
UK UK ministers and business leaders discuss a roadmap that allows the country to step by step the limitations of theeconomic and social life hopes to lift. Corona measures were planned to be phased out in five stages, starting in March and the final phase would be in July, 16 months after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first lockdown.
The Daily Mail newspaper has indications that the implementation of the plan on March 8 begins with the reopening of the schools. Every four weeks, it would be considered what the next easing could be. According to the newspaper, the intention is that at the end of March or the beginning of April the shops that are not going to be essential will be able to open their doors again. Easter falls on April 4 this year and in the first week of that month large hotels and holiday centres could open again, as well as golf and tennis courts.
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The catering industry will be due to the roadmap in early May, although restrictions on the number of customers remain in force. At the beginning of June, the restrictions still in place in bars, pubs and restaurants should be further relaxed. Corona measures such as mouthcaps and distance keeping would still apply in July, but the hospitality industry and tourism industry would be able to work at full force again.
09.20 hours Tax debt
Many companies in the Netherlands are threatening to fall because they are unlikely to be able to repay the high tax debt they have accumulated during the coronacrisis.
08.51 am Vaccination Race to the Games
Japan started on Wednesday to vaccinate civilians against the coronavirus. The country launched the vaccination programme a few months before the start of the Olympic Games, which will start in Tokyo in July. Responsible Minister Taro Kono said that he has “no idea” how many Japanese can be vaccinated for that time.
Japan has so far only approved the vaccine from PFIZER/BionTech, which is also used in the Netherlands. The vaccination began in a hospital in capital Tokyo. “I‘m not fond of getting injections”, recognized hospital director Kazuhiro Araki, who came first. “But it was not painful. So that’s good.”
08.30 Vaccines on Vlieland
A precious delivery to the Wadden Island.
08.14 ‘Gooi Nederland open’
Dutch society should be opened again on March 1st. If safe zones are set up for all vulnerable people, all other people will be able to return to normal life.
This is the message of a campaign that will be launched Wednesday by Rehabilitation NL and Doctors Covid Collectief.
08.10 a.m. increase in Germany
The number of new coronavirus infections detected in Germany was higher on Wednesday than one day before: 7556 coronas, compared with 3856 on Tuesday. Also, according to official figures, 560 coronation patients died.
The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in Germany is rising much less rapidly than at the end of last year. At that time, the institute, the German RIVM, sometimes reported tens of thousands of new infections per day. Although some corona measures are now being relaxed again, there is also great concern about new virus variants. They‘re seen as more contagious.
08.01 hours Bubble in Bali
Indonesia is going to test safe ‘coronav-free travel bubbles‘ from various countries in Asia and Europe in the coming months.
07:45 Tickets longer valid
Tickets purchased for performances, concerts and festivals that were subsequently postponed remain valid for longer. The Taskforce Culture announced on Wednesday that the ‘Save your ticket, enjoy later‘ scheme will be extended from 13 to 26 months.
Consumers also have longer time to convert their voucher credits into tickets for events that are going on. The vouchers, issued on request at canceled events, are valid for 24 months. In addition, as usual, people can ask for their money back if they decide not to go to an event anymore.
07.20 a.m. Day after the curfew soap
Rutte relieved, Wilders and Baudet furious at curfew pronunciation: ‘Class Justice‘
06.35 a.m. War Act
Biden American president Joe Biden has applied a war law to force pharmaceuticals Pfizer and Moderna deliver more doses of coronavaccin to the United States, and faster than initially planned. The US government reported last week that the companies will have delivered 300 million doses of both vaccines by the end of July, sufficient to vaccinate all American adults.
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“We’ve arranged for them to speed up by applying the National Defense Act to help with the production,” Biden said Tuesday during a Question Time in Milwaukee city. With that, he seemed to refer to the so-called Defense Production Act, whichU.S. government companies may require to produce for the state. The previous government applied that law to ensure that there would be more respiration devices in the US in a short period of time.
06.30 a.m. Germany prolongs entry ban for fear of mutations
Germany extends the entry ban from countries where there are many coronavirus amutations. The measure, which was due to expire this week, is now valid until 3 March. In principle, only people living in Germany are allowed to enter the country, but also lorry drivers, for example.
the end of January, the German authorities closed the borders for persons from Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa and the South African states of Lesotho and Eswatini (Swaziland). Last weekend, the measure also applied to the Czech Republic and Tyrol adjacent to Germany. That led to miles of traffic jams of trucks.