Destructive fire in camp on Lesbos
Several fires broke out last night in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Large parts of the camp were burned out. Thousands of residents fled. Whether there are dead or wounded is not yet known. Because of the fires, thousands of migrants slept on the streets last night. The mayor of Mytilini, the largest city of the island, says that it is a very difficult situation, “because some will have the coronavirus”. There are about 13,000 people living in Moria, while there is room for about 3000. According to many, the camp has thus become the symbol of the failure of the EU to deal with the refugee crisis.
Europe correspondent Saskia Dekkers is in Athens. The guest is Adil Izemrane of the aid organisation Movement on the Ground with projects on Lesbos.
The world of coronavirus testing
Due to the long processing time of coronavirus tests at Municipal Health Centres (GGDs), more and more schools and care institutions are looking for an alternative, for example commercial tests. Staff with complaints are now unavailable for up to five working days. For that period, schools, for example, have to call in invaders. A commercial test often gives results on the same day, but these tests are much more expensive. Tonight: the world of coronavirus testing. We are at a school in Amsterdam, where they have to send classes home. And in a care institution in Heerde, which purchases commercial tests. Guest is reporter Siebe Sietsma, who researched the prices of tests.
Opposition critical of conditions corona recovery fund
Today the House of Representatives debates with Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the European Recovery Fund of 750 billion euros. The European leaders came to an agreement after four days of negotiations, fierce arguments and open irritation. Rutte took a tough stance during the negotiations, because he believes that conditions should be imposed on the (especially Southern European) countries that receive money from the recovery fund.
De CCeit reports that the European emergency fund will cost the Netherlands a billion euros annually. This would appear from inquiries with the Ministry of Finance. Most opposition parties are dissatisfied with the agreements, especially because the Netherlands has agreed that part (390 billion) of the corona package consists of subsidies instead of loans. Arjan Noorlander points to the debate.