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COVID-19 The Netherlands

Ok ico Covid19 regulation the Netherlands (Holland) (19-11-2020)

    •    Do not shake hands.
    •    Wash your hands often with soap, for at least twenty seconds.
    •    Avoid crowds and if that doesn't work, go elsewhere.
    •    Keep 1.5 meters distance from other people.
    •    Cough and sneeze in your elbow.

- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposureto the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


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Taxi drivers

- Taxi drivers call it quits: "Many are close to despair." There is great uncertainty about the future among taxi drivers now that there are far fewer customers and some choose to stop. Almost a quarter of the taxi drivers at leasing company Leaseplan have handed in their contract for their car. A survey by FNV among more than 200 drivers shows that 71 percent expects to stop working as a driver within a year. Among drivers who work for services such as Uber, that percentage is slightly higher, 76 percent.  Drivers are allowed to transport passengers with a plexi screen in the car, but demand has fallen sharply. There are hardly any tourists and major events have been canceled. (01-06-2020)


- Advice: stay at home as much as possible. The general advice of the cabinet is to stay at home as much as possible. "So go to the supermarket on your own and not shop for fun. Always ask yourself: do I really have to go outside?" Said Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Museums, theaters and cinemas can reopen: Theaters, swimming pools, amusement parks, libraries, sex clubs, casinos, cinemas and other 'public spaces' will reopen after a two-week closure. To visit these locations, you must first make a reservation.

At home with a maximum of three guests per day: People are allowed to receive three people at home every day. That number was two in the past two weeks. An exception applies to children up to the age of twelve or people from the same household.

Outside with a maximum of four people: Where you were allowed to be on the street with two people in the past two weeks, that limit has again been increased to four. Here too, an exception applies for children up to the age of twelve and people from the same household.

Mandatory masks from December 1: From December 1, there is a national duty to mask masks in public indoor spaces such as shops, museums, restaurants and theaters. More about this will be announced by the cabinet shortly. 

Maximum thirty people in indoor areas.  The catering industry will remain closed, events are prohibited: To limit the number of times people come into contact with each other, the catering industry will remain closed and events will remain prohibited. Pick up of food and drinks is still possible.

Do not travel abroad, at least until mid-January: The cabinet urgently advises not to travel abroad until mid-January, unless it is really necessary.  The Caribbean part of the Netherlands does not count as a foreign country and therefore the negative travel advice does not apply, unless an island has been given the code orange or red.  

Outdoor Alcohol consumption prohibition between 8 pm and 7 am. (19-11-2020)

Corona Vaccin (24-11-2020)

- Worldwide, researchers are working on more than two hundred vaccines for the corona virus.  The Netherlands has currently made agreements with six producers, through the European Commission, about the purchase of vaccines.  What vaccines are these and what do we know about them?


- One of the most advanced vaccines comes from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which collaborates with BioNTech.  Pfizer's shot is a so-called mRNA vaccine.  This contains genetic information with which, once in the body, pieces of the corona virus can be made.  These pieces cannot cause you to get COVID-19, but they do cause the immune system to produce antibodies against the coronavirus.  These antibodies protect you - if it works properly - if you really encounter the corona virus later on.


- Developer Janssen's injection contains a cold virus.  This virus has been modified so that you cannot become ill and, once injected, ensures that pieces of the corona virus are made in the body. With this vaccine, too, you cannot get COVID-19 from these coronavirus pieces.  The pieces do ensure that you build up resistance.


- AstraZeneca's vaccine is very similar to Janssen's shot.  However, a cold virus that occurs in humans has not been used, but in chimpanzees.  What is striking about the study results is that the effectiveness of the vaccine increased when test subjects first received half a dose and then a full dose.  The vaccine appeared to be no less than 90 percent effective in this group.  It is still unclear why this method of vaccination appears to be more effective.  This is being investigated further.


- With the injection of the pharmaceutical company Sanofi / GSK, a piece of the corona virus is directly injected, which should lead to the production of antibodies.  The final part of the study is expected to start at the end of 2020 and the pharmaceutical company hopes to deliver the first doses in the third quarter of 2021.


- CureVac, like Pfizer, is working on the development of an mRNA vaccine.  With this vaccine, the body is instructed to produce pieces of coronavirus, which ensure that the immune system produces antibodies.  The pharmaceutical company wants to deliver the vaccinations in the second or third quarter of 2021.


- Moderna vaccine should be stored at a temperature of -20.  However, it can be stored at refrigerator temperature for thirty days.  The pharmaceutical company expects to be able to deliver vaccines in the EU in the first or second quarter of 2021.  The vaccine, like Pfizer's, is very promising.  The Moderna vaccine appears to be 94.5 percent effective, the pharmaceutical company reported on November 16.  Moderna, like Pfizer and CureVac, makes an mRNA inoculation.  Moderna's research is in its final phase. (24-11-2020)

Who gets the vaccine first

- There are not enough vaccines right away. And so the cabinet is following the advice of the Health Council to first vaccinate the elderly and vulnerable and healthcare personnel.  First up: 155,000 residents of nursing homes and people with intellectual disabilities who live in an institution.  This is followed by other groups, such as people over 60 with health problems and care workers. The ministry is not sure about a number of things.  For example, one of the vaccine types may not be suitable for the very elderly over 60.  Then this group has to wait for another vaccine.

What else was important in the news


- 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)


- The vaccine from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which achieved an effectiveness of 90 percent in the first research results, probably protects the carrier against the corona virus for at least one year. Marc Kaptein, medical director of the Dutch branch of Pfizer, made this claim. According to him, the side effects of the vaccine are limited to flu-like symptoms such as fever or fatigue.

The European Union has agreed with Pfizer that the company will deliver 200 million doses next year. The EU also has an option for an additional 100 million doses. According to the fixed distribution key, the Netherlands receives 3.89 percent of these doses. In the case of the Pfizer vaccine, this initially involves 7.8 million doses. This does not mean, however, that 7.8 million Dutch people can be vaccinated. Two doses are needed for the Pfizer vaccine to work properly. With the total supply next year, 3.9 million Dutch people can be vaccinated.The Pfizer vaccine is not the only horse that the EU - and therefore the Netherlands - is betting on. Contracts for millions of doses have also been concluded with Janssen Pharmaceutica, AstraZeneca and Sanofi / GSK. The EU has also completed exploratory talks with CureVac and Moderna. Contracts are now being discussed with these vaccine developers. In addition, the EU is conducting exploratory talks with a seventh vaccine manufacturer. (12-11-2020)

Stock markets

- 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)

- RIVM does not "rule out" that the Netherlands will also be in partial lockdown, in December. (14-10-2020)


- Public areas must close for two weeks, new measures as of November 3. 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)


- The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) takes into account that the partial lockdown that has been started will also be in effect in December. RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel tells this in conversation with the NOS on Saturday. The cabinet hopes that after four weeks a trend break in the corona figures will be realized, so that easing can take place. (17-10-2020)


- 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)


- The first test results of the Russian corona vaccine Sputnik V are cautiously positive. The leading scientific journal The Lancet clarifies that two variants of the vaccine have been tested and that it appears to trigger an immune response. (05-09-2020)

- The first results of the test for the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, developed by the Jenner Institute in Oxford, are promising.  This is also true for a Chinese vaccine, which is almost in development. The Lancet has published articles about both vaccines. The Netherlands, together with France, Italy and Germany, have purchased between 300 and 400 million doses of Oxford vaccine. (23-09-2020)


Dutch researchers find antibodies against coronavirus in breast milk
The breast milk of women who have become infected with the coronavirus contains important antibodies against the coronavirus. The discovery was made by researchers from the Emma Children's Hospital of Amsterdam UMC. The antibodies in breast milk were also still present after the milk was heated, the researchers report in a press release.  According to the researchers, this is important, because only after heating (pasteurization) the breast milk is usable for others. (18-08-2020)


- (CNN) Children can carry coronavirus in their noses and throats for weeks even if they don't show any symptoms, which might explain how the virus can spread silently, researchers in South Korea reported Friday. (29-08-2020)


- Dutch researchers at the Amsterdam UMC have discovered that corona is even more harmful than we already knew: it also affects the brain. The disease can cause the immune system in the brain to run wild. The research is published today in the leading medical journal The Lancet Microbe. Immune cells (so-called T lymphocytes) were discovered that do not belong in the brain. They found these abnormalities in the entire brain and spinal cord in the deceased patients.  "These are cells that are normally excluded from the brain," says dr. Van der Valk.  "But in the covid-19 patients, we saw that they had left the bloodstream and entered the brain tissue. Then I know as a pathologist: here's something not ok. (26-09-2020)


The second wave 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)


- Many households in financial difficulties. Decreasing income due to the corona crisis is leading to payment problems for many households. Workers whose income has fallen are often unable to cope with this properly, according to Nibud, which surveyed 2000 people about this. Flex workers and self-employed people in particular are feeling the consequences of the crisis. (20-08-2020).

- Tens of thousands of households quickly run into financial problems after the loss of income, despite the social safety net of the WW and the Temporary bridging scheme for self-employed entrepreneurs (Tozo). This is revealed on Friday from a study by the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) in collaboration with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). (10-09-2020)


Empty hotels: 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.

- Business 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)

- Public transport 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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