Top Dutch footballers join €11 million football rescue fund

The top football players in the Netherlands joined Dutch football association KNVB and ING to create an 11 million euro fund to help rescue the country’s professional and amateur football organizations. All football play has been on hold since March 12, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country.Submitted by Jamie de Geir on April 6, … Continue reading “Top Dutch footballers join €11 million football rescue fund”

Two arrested for stealing €900,000 medical mask-related fraud

The FIOD, the Tax Authority’s investigative department, arrested two men on Monday on suspicion of stealing 900 thousand euros in a scam involving medical masks. The 51-year-old man from Oldenzaal and 61-year-old man from Amersfoort posed as suppliers of protective equipment and “sold” 11 million nonexistent medical masks to two buyers, FIOD said in a … Continue reading “Two arrested for stealing €900,000 medical mask-related fraud”

Dutch gov’t to be lenient towards debts during coronavirus crisis

The Dutch government will show some lenience when it comes to collecting debts during the coronavirus crisis. Those financially affected by the crisis can apply for deferred payments. And the state’s debt collection service CJIB sent a letter to bailiffs asking them to show restraint and to avoid seizing bank assets, salaries, properties, and homes … Continue reading “Dutch gov’t to be lenient towards debts during coronavirus crisis”

Poisonous processionary caterpillars start to hatch, making a return to NL

The first oak processionary caterpillars of the year hatched in Ede on Monday morning, Arnold van Vliet of the Dutch knowledge center on these poisonous caterpillars said to NU.nl. The biologist previously marked a number of egg clusters on the branches of oak trees. When he went to check them on Monday, “the caterpillars were … Continue reading “Poisonous processionary caterpillars start to hatch, making a return to NL”

Hospitalizations, deaths tied to Covid-19 continue to fall; Another 101 killed

The number of coronavirus related hospital admissions in the Netherlands rose by 260, according to figures released by public health institute RIVM on Monday. That brings the total hospitalizations to 7,135. Another 101 people succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll up to 1,867.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 6, 2020 – 13:50

Coronavirus hospital admissions top 7,100; another 101 deaths

The number of coronavirus related hospital admissions in the Netherlands rose by 260, according to figures released by public health institute RIVM on Monday. That brings the total hospitalizations to 7,135. Another 101 people succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll up to 1,867.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 6, 2020 – 13:50

Homeowners to see housing costs increase 5% this year

Homeowners in the Netherlands will see their housing costs increase by 5 percent this year, according to new figures from the University of Groningen’s center for research into lower governments’ economy COELO. On average, homeowners will pay 776 euros to their municipality this year. Tenants’ housing costs will amount to 389 euros this year on … Continue reading “Homeowners to see housing costs increase 5% this year”

Monthly emergency siren tests continue despite coronavirus measures

The coronavirus crisis in the Netherlands doesn’t mean the government forgot to do its monthly test of the emergency sirens. The sirens are always tested at noon on the first Monday of the month, and that also happened today. The monthly tests of the sirens are only skipped on national holidays, on Remembrance Day, and … Continue reading “Monthly emergency siren tests continue despite coronavirus measures”

Netherlands expanding Covid-19 testing from today

Starting on Monday, the number of daily tests for Covid-19 performed in the Netherlands will be scaled up. Currently some 4 thousand tests per day are done for the coronavirus. In the coming days and weeks, that will be more than quadrupled to about 17,500 tests per day.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 6, 2020 … Continue reading “Netherlands expanding Covid-19 testing from today”

At least 11 couples in NL killed by coronavirus; Victim Support to aid affected families

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands, at least 11 couples have died of the virus, AD reports based on its own research. Losing multiple family members at the same time can make mourning for them extra complicated, clinical psychologist Jos de Keijser said to the newspaper. From Monday, Victim Support Netherlands … Continue reading “At least 11 couples in NL killed by coronavirus; Victim Support to aid affected families”

Quarter of Dutch see coronavirus as a chance to make a positive impact on the climate

Netherlands residents are divided about how to deal with the coronavirus crisis in combination with the climate crisis. 13 percent think that all attention must now be given to fighting Covid-19, and the fight against climate change should be put on the back burner. But 28 percent see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to … Continue reading “Quarter of Dutch see coronavirus as a chance to make a positive impact on the climate”

Netherlands could be dealing with coronavirus pandemic for over 2 years: report

It may well take more than two years for the Netherlands to find its way out of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the most promising ‘exit strategy’ a team of around 40 epidemiologists, psychologists, mathematicians, and modelers from all over the country could come up with, NRC reports. Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 6, 2020 … Continue reading “Netherlands could be dealing with coronavirus pandemic for over 2 years: report”

Video: Amsterdam sings Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

“Don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing’s gonna be alright.” The song Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, a long time favorite of Ajax fans, became a note of positivity in the coronavirus crisis in Amsterdam on Sunday evening. Residents across the Dutch capital sang the song together at 7:00 p.m. Submitted by … Continue reading “Video: Amsterdam sings Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds”

Germany declares NL an “international risk area” for Covid-19; borders could close

German health service Robert Koch Institute (RKI) classified the Netherlands as an “international risk area” for the further spread of the coronavirus. The country’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is expected to decide on Monday whether the borders with the Netherlands will close, NOS reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 6, 2020 – 08:14

“Too early for optimism”, ICU assoc. says about Covid-19 figures

Despite a relatively small increase in the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care over the weekend, it is still too early for optimism, Diederik Gommers, chairman for the association for intensive care NVIC, said on television show Op1. “Only when there is more outflow than inflow will I start to be satisfied,” he … Continue reading ““Too early for optimism”, ICU assoc. says about Covid-19 figures”

Covid-19 new reported hospitalizations, fatalities fall; Death toll stands at 1,766

The number of new hospitalizations connected to a coronavirus infection rose by 253, the lowest daily reported increase since March 22, statistics released on Sunday by public health agency RIVM showed. The figures also showed that 116 more patients have died, bringing the Dutch total up to 1,766. These new increases reported by the RIVM were not … Continue reading “Covid-19 new reported hospitalizations, fatalities fall; Death toll stands at 1,766”

One Amsterdam restaurant hit by bullets in 3 incidents; One hurt in Hoogeveen shooting;

One restaurant in Amsterdam Oost was struck by gunfire three separate times in a one-week period leading up to Saturday. There were no injuries in any of the incidents on Borneosteiger. In the most recent case, which took place Saturday at about 3:10 a.m., the glass front door was destroyed after having been hit by … Continue reading “One Amsterdam restaurant hit by bullets in 3 incidents; One hurt in Hoogeveen shooting;”

Layoffs and bankruptcies cannot be avoided: Dutch government

In spite of a 10-billion euro rescue package designed to ensure that Dutch businesses continue to pay their employees, people should be prepared for impending bankruptcies and layoffs in the weeks ahead, social affairs and employment minister Wouter Koolmees said. “People will lose their jobs and companies will go bankrupt,” Koolmees admitted to local news service AD.Submitted … Continue reading “Layoffs and bankruptcies cannot be avoided: Dutch government”

Maastricht convention center opens doors as temporary hospital from Monday

The Maastricht Exhibition & Conference Centre is on track to begin taking in Covid-19 patients from Monday after workers spent a week converting the facility into a 276-bed temporary hospital. Located a short walk from the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+), the MECC will be run as a temporary addition to the hospital strictly for … Continue reading “Maastricht convention center opens doors as temporary hospital from Monday”

Finance minister calls on banks to lower interest on overdrafts

Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra has called on Dutch banks to reduce the interest rates they charge on overdraft payments in a new move designed to financially support consumers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. In an interview, Hoekstra told De Telegraaf newspaper that supporting people “is evidently about reducing those percentages,” which are currently … Continue reading “Finance minister calls on banks to lower interest on overdrafts”

Coronavirus: New hospitalizations decrease, 164 more killed

Some 336 more people who tested positive for coronavirus required treatment in Dutch hospitals, the lowest reported increase in new hospitalizations linked to the virus since March 26. The data represents several days of admissions data, which brings the total number of people in the Netherlands who were hospitalized with coronavirus up to 6,622.Submitted by Zack Newmark … Continue reading “Coronavirus: New hospitalizations decrease, 164 more killed”

Nature reserves, parks fear surge in weekend visitors as spring arrives in NL

Local authorities across the Netherlands are showing concern over the potential for crowding this weekend and into next week as warm Spring weather arrives in northern Europe. The concern comes in spite of many nature reserve parking lots, dunes, beaches, parks and forests being closed-off to the public in order to prevent an influx of visitors and, by … Continue reading “Nature reserves, parks fear surge in weekend visitors as spring arrives in NL”

Coronavirus measures likely to last at least 6 months: Survey; Most demand small business support

About 67 percent of people believe the coronavirus restrictions in place in the Netherlands will last for six months or a year, a survey of Dutch people showed. The report, released by I&O Research, showed that about a third of the public was already concerned about their personal financial situations, less than three weeks after … Continue reading “Coronavirus measures likely to last at least 6 months: Survey; Most demand small business support”

Intensive care units now treating 1,220 for Covid-19

There were 1,220 people being treated in intensive care units for Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus, as of 8:50 a.m. on Saturday. The reported total includes 42 people suspected of having the disease, but who have not yet tested positive, according to nonprofit intensive care organization NICE.Submitted by Zack Newmark on April 4, … Continue reading “Intensive care units now treating 1,220 for Covid-19”

KLM seeking multibillion euro emergency loan from Dutch gov’t

Aviation giant Air France-KLM Group is currently in discussion with various banks in order to secure at least six billion euros in government-backed emergency loans, sources told news agency Reuters on Friday. The emergency loans, of which 2 billion euros will likely go to KLM, are being designed in order to help keep the airlines afloat … Continue reading “KLM seeking multibillion euro emergency loan from Dutch gov’t”

“Coronaspitters” to be immediately tested for Covid-19

Members of the public who deliberately cough or spit at police officers will be forced to be immediately tested for coronavirus, if a new emergency measure put forward on Friday wins parliamentary approval. The law has been put in place after a spate of spitting and coughing incidents aimed at police, bus drivers, and store … Continue reading ““Coronaspitters” to be immediately tested for Covid-19″

Amsterdam to restrict access to parks, canals over warm weekend

Amsterdam is restricting access to its parks and canals over the weekend. Enforcement officers have also been instructed not to be lenient with people caught breaking the social distancing rules in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said to Het Parool.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 3, 2020 – … Continue reading “Amsterdam to restrict access to parks, canals over warm weekend”

Video: First confirmed sighting of wolf on Zuid Veluwe

A wolf was spotted on the Zuid Veluwe for the first time, nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten announced on Friday. Wildlife cameras captured the wolf next to a dead red deer.  According to forester Andre ten Hoedt, they’ve been waiting “quite a while” for wolves to show up in Zuid Veluwe. “This area is extensive and … Continue reading “Video: First confirmed sighting of wolf on Zuid Veluwe”

Slight decline in Covid-19 ICU patients while death toll rises to 1,487

Another 148 patients in the Netherlands who tested positive for coronavirus have died. The total number of infected people in the country who have passed away stood at 1,487 on Friday afternoon. The country’s top health agency also registered 1,026 more cases where someone tested positive for the virus. In the Netherlands, 15,723 people have been confirmed … Continue reading “Slight decline in Covid-19 ICU patients while death toll rises to 1,487”

KLM’s first flight to Australia in 20 years to repatriate stranded Dutch

In the coming days, KLM will pick up nearly 2 thousand travelers stranded in Australia, Bali and New Zealand with its first flights to Australia in decades. “It has been 20 years since we landed at Sydney Airport,” the Dutch airline said on Twitter. These repatriation flights are happening in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry … Continue reading “KLM’s first flight to Australia in 20 years to repatriate stranded Dutch”

Leiden university hospital app to track Covid-19 spread in NL

The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) launched an app that collects data about symptoms and human behavior. With this COVID Radar app, the hospital wants to get a good and current picture of how the cronavirus is spreading in the Netherlands. Users of the app will be asked to answer 15 questions about their health … Continue reading “Leiden university hospital app to track Covid-19 spread in NL”

Temps up to 22ºC expected Sunday; Keep social distancing, weather service warns

The first weekend of April will be sunny and warm, with maximums up to 22 degrees expected on Sunday, according to Weeronline. But that does not mean we can suddenly ignore the social distancing measures implemented to fight the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, the weather service warned. “Follow the advice of the government even in … Continue reading “Temps up to 22ºC expected Sunday; Keep social distancing, weather service warns”

Coronavirus also slowing down criminal assassination attempts: report

The coronavirus crisis is also having an effect on the the Netherlands’ criminal underworld. The police received information that planned assassinations are being postponed after social distancing measures were implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19, Jan Struijs of police union NPB said to the Telegraaf. According to Struijs, the slow down in murder attempts … Continue reading “Coronavirus also slowing down criminal assassination attempts: report”

U.S. Ambassador lashes out at China over coronavirus transparency

American ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra lashed out at China and the information it provided about the coronavirus in an interview with Dutch newspaper AD. According to Hoekstra, China did not give the world reliable data about Covid-19 and is still not being transparent about the actual number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the … Continue reading “U.S. Ambassador lashes out at China over coronavirus transparency”

Victims, attorneys want courts to handle more cases; thousands delayed by Covid-19

Despite the coronavirus crisis, courts urgently need to handle more criminal cases, according to defense lawyers, the Bar Association, and victims. Many thousands of criminal cases are being delayed because the courts and tribunals closed to all but the most urgent cases in mid-March. And the already significant backlogs are building up, NOS reports.Submitted by … Continue reading “Victims, attorneys want courts to handle more cases; thousands delayed by Covid-19”

Social distancing: Nearly 70 percent decrease in use of public transit, retail: Google

Social distancing measures implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands resulted a massive decrease in visits to retail and recreation businesses, as well as public transit stations, according to mobility trends released by Google, using the same anonymous data used for products like Google Maps.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 3, 2020 – 09:06

Coronavirus ICU admissions climb to 1,198

As of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, a total of 1,198 people were being treated for coronavirus Covid-19 in intensive care units at hospitals across the Netherlands, according to figures released by foundation NICE. 74 Dutch hospitals have at least one coronavirus patient in their ICU. A total of 1,629 Covid-19 patients have been treated in … Continue reading “Coronavirus ICU admissions climb to 1,198”

Construction industry harder hit by Covid-19 than 2008 economic crisis

Some 40 thousand jobs in the construction sector will disappear in the coming two years due to the coronavirus, according to the economic institute for construction EIB. The institute thinks this crisis will hit construction harder than the 2008 economic crisis. EIB expects construction production to shrink by over 15 percent, NOS reports.Submitted by Janene … Continue reading “Construction industry harder hit by Covid-19 than 2008 economic crisis”

Almost all Dutch say they’re sticking to anti-coronavirus rules

Almost all Netherlands residents say that they adhere to the rules and regulations in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, according to a survey of more than 2,300 Dutch by I&O Research and the University of Twente. 99 percent of respondents said the keep 1.5 meters apart, 97 percent wash their hands more … Continue reading “Almost all Dutch say they’re sticking to anti-coronavirus rules”

14-day isolation for New York arrivals; Sunshine no excuse, stay inside: Dutch PM

Dutch and EU citizens as well as legal residents arriving in the Netherlands from the United States will be told to spend 14 days in home isolation in order to prevent possible new cases of coronavirus infection, the Cabinet confirmed on Thursday. The new measure was decided due to the “large increase in the number of coronavirus infections … Continue reading “14-day isolation for New York arrivals; Sunshine no excuse, stay inside: Dutch PM”

Coal power could be dramatically cut as Dutch want climate action despite pandemic

Three of the five remaining coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands will see either their production scale back dramatically or their facilities close altogether in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country. The Cabinet agreed to the measure on Friday, undisclosed sources told broadcaster NOS nearly a week later. Submitted by Byron Mühlberg … Continue reading “Coal power could be dramatically cut as Dutch want climate action despite pandemic”

Amsterdam concert orchestra to live-stream performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

The Amsterdam Concertgebouw orchestra will live-stream a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Ivan Fischer, on Friday. The performance will start at 7:00 p.m. and can be watched on the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s website, YouTube channel or Facebook page.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 2, 2020 – 16:00

Hundreds of kids in Hague region not following online lessons: report

Schools in The Hague region lost touch with hundreds of pupils after schools closed as one of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. These kids aren’t following online lessons, and their teachers can’t get in touch of them or their parents, Omroep West reports after speaking to multiple school groups in the … Continue reading “Hundreds of kids in Hague region not following online lessons: report”

Dutch gov’t to give thousands more students a free laptop

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science allocated 2.5 million euros to purchase laptops for school pupils who have to do distance learning due to the coronavirus and do not have the proper equipment at home. This money will buy laptops for over 6,800 pupils in primary-, secondary-, and secondary vocational education, Sivon, a partnership … Continue reading “Dutch gov’t to give thousands more students a free laptop”

Still a shortage of medical masks, but researchers figure out safe reuse method

Healthcare workers in the Netherlands are still facing a shortage of protective gear to protect them against the spread of coronavirus Covid-91, as well as a shortage of disinfectants, according to a survey by NU’91, the association for nurses and carers. At the same time, new research from TU Delft determined that many types of medical … Continue reading “Still a shortage of medical masks, but researchers figure out safe reuse method”

Netherlands still facing shortage of medical masks, disinfectants: healthcare assoc.

Healthcare workers in the Netherlands are still facing a shortage of protective gear to protect them against the spread of coronavirus Covid-91, as well as a shortage of disinfectants, according to a survey by NU’91, the association for nurses and carers. The questionnaire was completed 6,500 times. In 92 percent of cases, there was insufficient access … Continue reading “Netherlands still facing shortage of medical masks, disinfectants: healthcare assoc.”

Ajax director, Dutch football captains call for season to end immediately

The captains of the 18 Dutch clubs in the Eredivisie made contact to discuss the measures against the coronavirus being extended to April 28 and decided that they want the season to end with immediate effect. They consider the risk of infection to be too great. Ajax director Marc Overmars also wants the season to end, the … Continue reading “Ajax director, Dutch football captains call for season to end immediately”