Good morning! Today Pope Francis begins his four-day visit to Iraq; many virologists have doubts about the visit because of the risk of infection within groups. And SP leader Marijnissen will answer viewers questions on the YouTube and Facebook account at 9:15 AM.
Lets start with the weather. It is cold with temperatures of -4 degrees in Drenthe to around freezing point in Brabant. Wet roads and cycle paths can be locally slippery. From sunrise, a large part of the country shines the sun. The southeast and later the northwest and north face clouds. It remains dry, but with a maximum of 6 degrees it is fresh.
Are you going on the road? Here you will find the overview of the activities. Check the timetable for the track here.
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For the first time since mid-September, the CBS has recorded fewer deaths in the past week than expected. Presumably this is because more and more people have been vaccinated against corona.
An estimated 3200 people died in week 8. Thats 300 less than a week earlier and 200 less deaths than CBS expected on the basis of previous years. Especially among 80 people and people in health care institutions, there were significantly fewer deaths.
The CBS has not received all the data on the cause of death from last week, and these data will not be submitted until later. However, 205 deceased covid patients were registered at week 8. That figure may differ from the actual number because not everyone was officially diagnosed.
Other news from the night
And then heres this:
Jeangu Macrooy presented the song with which he will represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. In this video, Macrooy talks about his song Birth of a new age, which is about faith and strength. “What I sing is: yu no man broko mi, which means you cant break me.”