Saturday 27-02-2021, it is exactly one year ago that the first corona case was diagnosed in the Netherlands. In order to combat the spread, many shops had to be closed, cafes and restaurants were closed and negative travel advice was issued, with all the consequences for the economy.
Almost all non-essential shops closed until 3 March 2021, (only pickup at the door is allowed, order online and pickup at the door) since 03 March you can make a reservation 4hrs upfront, only 2 customers per floor are allowed, max 10 min shopping and venues such as cinemas and theaters remain closed.
People with a contact profession, such as hairdressers, physiotherapists and beauticians, can work again from 3 March by reservation.
From 3 March hairdressers and other contact professions such as pedicures, beauticians, driving instructors and masseurs may reopen. This is subject to conditions: customers may only enter by appointment and must be asked about their possible complaints.
Sex workers, Amsterdam Red lights are excluded from this relaxation for contact professions. Physiotherapists, dentists and veterinarians, among others, were already open. (24-02-2021)
The Netherlands is expected to have to deal with "a considerable set of measures" until July.
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The structure of SARS-CoV-2. Credit: Scientific Animations™. Photo: thepathologist.com
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The RIVM reported 8,894 positive corona tests on Friday. That is more than the average for the past seven days (6,861) and more than Thursday (8,793), when the highest number was reported in just over a month. (11-12-2020)
When 60 to 70 percent is immune, it is called herd immunity. More than 10 percent of the Dutch population is currently resistant to the virus. About two million Dutch people are currently protected against the corona virus, because they have been infected before. RIVM director Jaap van Dissel announced this on Wednesday during a technical briefing in the Lower House. (9-12-2020)
According to the prime minister, we are at a crossroad. "Either together we ensure that the figures go in the right direction, or the figures continue to rise. Then I do not rule out that we have to take even stricter measures before Christmas." De Jonge (pub. Health) expects that the restrictive measures can only be partially released in the course of 2021. "Until then, we have to be careful." (08-12-2020)
We may be heading for a third wave given the increasing number of infections. That's what Diederik Gommers, head of the intensive care department of Erasmus MC, said. It is difficult to provide an explanation for the increasing number of infections. "Could it be because of Black Friday? Is it mobility? Are we not complying with the measures? Is it because of the cold? We don't know." (8-12-2020)
The Ministry of Health is considering making a special app for the corona test. The app can be used to book a test, but can also contain a kind of certificate to prove that you have been tested negative. (30-11-2020)
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The Dutch government wants to oblige travelers arriving in the Netherlands from a corona risk area to demonstrate that they have been tested negative for the corona virus. That test must not be older than 48 hours. Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) writes this in a letter to Parliament on Wednesday 18 nov 2020. This should make it easier for people who travel from risk areas to the Netherlands for a necessary journey. In addition, De Jonge wants to have travelers from those areas tested five days after arriving in the Netherlands. This is expected to happen even if they have no complaints that indicate the corona virus. In this way, people for whom it is 'really necessary' to travel (so not for a holiday or a family visit) do not have to be quarantined for as long after they have arrived in the Netherlands. By drawing up the rules, the government hopes that this can be done without travelers from risk areas bringing the virus back with them. (18-11-2020)
The reproduction number (the R value) is still reliable, according to a spokesperson for the RIVM. The R-value is important to determine whether the corona virus is on the rise or not. If the R value is 1, then each person with a coronavirus infection will infect one other person. If the R value is lower than 1, the number of infections decreases. (18-11-2020)
European stock markets skyrocketed Monday afternoon 9-11-2020 after positive news about Pfizer's corona vaccine. The American stock exchange also opened much higher. According to the initial research results, that vaccine is 90 percent effective and that result is better than experts expected. The Guardian writes that the first people may receive the vaccine by the end of this year. The first doses are then intended for, for example, people in healthcare. (9-11-2020)
This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Think of theaters, museums, casinos, cinemas, zoos, amusement parks, sex clubs and swimming pools. Shops may remain open and contact professions can also be carried out. Gyms also remain open, but individual group lessons are not allowed. The cabinet urges not to travel abroad until mid-January, unless it is really necessary. For certain regions where the number of infections is highest, the cabinet is considering even stricter measures. This could include a curfew, further closure of the retail trade and the closure of schools. This regions are: Rotterdam Rijnmond, South-Holland and Twente. You can go outside, maximum two people. Press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) (2-11-2020)
- In total, more than two thousand people infected with the corona virus are in hospital on Thursday 22-10-2020. There are 1,540 on the nursing wards and 463 on the ICs. Dutch hospitals have a total of 11,000 care beds and 1,150 IC beds. (22-10-2020)
Due to Corona virus, over the past nine months, office occupancy rates in the five major cities have fallen by 39 percent. This is reported by consulting firm Cushman & Wakefield on Thursday. Especially in Eindhoven and The Hague, office space changed users less often. The national decline is 22 percent. (3-10-2020)
Was probably mainly caused by young people who brought the virus with them to the Netherlands after their holiday in the South of France or Spain. This is the conclusion of the RIVM from research, the NOS writes. The young people would have spread the virus further through parties and student houses. This also infected older people, who spread the virus further through their work and family. This is how the virus eventually ended up in nursing homes again, according to the RIVM. (3-10-2020)
Horeca Netherlands expects major redundancies. The normally busy rooms, halls and corridors in transit the Mercure Amsterdam City Hotel are virtually empty. It hurts manager Francis Windt. "We don't have that many guests in the house at the moment. Before the crisis it went very well, but now it's dramatic. And that is emotionally quite heavy." This Amsterdam hotel is certainly not the only one. Corona crisis is hitting the sector hard.
Bussines traveler traffic has almost come to a standstill, trade fairs and conferences have been canceled and tourists are still arriving only marginally. As a result, the sector is in the red. Thousands of layoffs many hotels are currently making a loss, says Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN), who conducted research since June. (08-09-2020)
The number of travelers who checked in for public transport in the last week of August was still 32 percent lower than on a comparable day a year earlier. At the height of the corona crisis, this was even 90 percent lower. Although the number of check-in transactions is slowly increasing again, there is still a barrier for many people. (08-09-2020)
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