Good morning to you! This evening, Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge will be giving a press conference at 7 p.m. in which new measures will probably be announced and the Public Prosecution Service will come up with a demand in the criminal case surrounding the fourfold murder in Enschede.
The sun is shining abundantly today and it will be 19 degrees along the north coast and 25 degrees in the south-east. The wind blows moderately from the east. In the weekend it gets even warmer, otherwise it remains dry and quite sunny.
Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the traffic jams and works. Check the railway timetable here.
What can you expect today?
Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge will give a press conference on the corona crisis at 19.00 hrs. New regional measures will be announced to curb the increasing number of confirmed infections. It is likely that pubs in the Randstad will have to close earlier. The Public Prosecutor‘s Office comes up with a demand in the criminal case surrounding the fourfold murder in a grow shop in Enschede. Four bodies were found in that building in 2018. A father and two sons are suspected of having killed the men. The Dutch football players will play against Russia in the European Cup Qualifiers from 16:00. A summary can be seen in the CCeit Sportjournaal at 18.45 hours on NPO 1
What did you miss?
Prime Minister Rutte did not want to respond during the second day of the General Political Considerations to the reports that the bars in the west of the country have to close at 01.00 hours. “We are still discussing this with the security regions,” he said to a concerned House of Representatives. He is giving a press conference on this at 7 p.m. this evening.
The same applies to the reports in Trouw that the Municipal Health Centres do not want a priority scheme for healthcare and education staff.
Other news from the night:
Half of the informal carers in the Netherlands still have a much heavier task because professional care has been scaled down due to the corona crisis. That is what MantelzorgNL, an interest group, reports on the basis of a survey of 729 members. Waiting time for euthanasia requests for mental health care continues to increase’: people who have a mental disorder and make an euthanasia request have to wait longer and longer for an assessment. Since December last year, the waiting time at the Euthanasia Expertise Centre has doubled to two years, reports Trouw. Elderly people do not yet dare to go to the gym, ‘there is fear anyway’: now that the competition has started again after the summer, some members of senior sports clubs choose to stay at home. According to sports umbrella organisation NOC*NSF, it is estimated that about twenty percent of the elderly are involved
And then there is this:
Smacking, sneezing, snoring, slurping or other noises that make people so aggressive that they sometimes become homicidal. This is called misophony and years of research into this mental disorder earned Professor Damiaan Denys of the Amsterdam UMC an Ig Nobel Prize last night.
These Ig Nobel Prizes are intended for research that first makes you laugh and then makes you think.
Denys calls the prize ‘a bit of a joke’, but is very pleased with the attention paid to his research:
Have a nice day!