Don’t confuse Covid-19 with hay fever, poisonous caterpillar reactions: Doctors

With spring firmly in the air, and summer on the way, more people will begin to suffer from the effects of their seasonal allergies. But with coronavirus still very prevalent in the Netherlands, as well as the Covid-19 disease it causes, how does one know if they have symptoms of the serious illness, like a stuffy … Continue reading “Don’t confuse Covid-19 with hay fever, poisonous caterpillar reactions: Doctors”

Steep fall in fatal Covid-19 cases since last week; 11th-straight drop in hospitalizations

The number of new hospitalizations in the Netherlands for respiratory illness Covid-19 continued to fall on Saturday, when 63 people were admitted into medical facilities for treatment. It marks the eleventh-straight day of a decline in new hospitalizations, including adjustments to data stretching back to April 1, the RIVM said on Sunday. March 24 was … Continue reading “Steep fall in fatal Covid-19 cases since last week; 11th-straight drop in hospitalizations”

Food banks anticipate tens of thousands of new recipients

Food Banks Netherlands, an association of Dutch food banks, predicts that the number of people in need of food assistance will increase greatly in the period ahead  as a result of the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. “After this health crisis, there will be an economic crisis,” the organization’s chairman, Leo Wijnbelt, explained to Nederlands Dagblad.Submitted by … Continue reading “Food banks anticipate tens of thousands of new recipients”

Dutch elderly wait too long to ask for help: Red Cross

Elderly people in the Netherlands have difficulty asking for help from strangers during the coronavirus crisis, according to a survey by the Red Cross. Only 9 percent of Dutch aged 70 or older said they don’t mind asking for help from a stranger. And about 35 percent are even reluctant to ask for help from … Continue reading “Dutch elderly wait too long to ask for help: Red Cross”

Dutch Arsonists Set Telecoms Towers Alight in Series of UK-Style Attacks Amid 5G Fears

At least five cellular broadcasting towers across the Netherlands have been set alight this past week by opponents of 5G high speed mobile internet, De Telegraaf has reported. The attacks are said to have targeted towers in the cities of Rotterdam, Liessel, Beesd, Nuenen, and Groningen, causing tens of thousands of euros worth of damage. … Continue reading “Dutch Arsonists Set Telecoms Towers Alight in Series of UK-Style Attacks Amid 5G Fears”

Ten straight drops in Covid-19 hospitalizations; Coronavirus deaths near 2,650

At least 68 people who tested positive for coronavirus were admitted into hospitals in the Netherlands on Friday, and 117 were admitted a day earlier, preliminary data from public health agency RIVM showed. The figures represent ten straight days with a drop in new hospitalizations after 495 were admitted on March 31. Including Friday’s early … Continue reading “Ten straight drops in Covid-19 hospitalizations; Coronavirus deaths near 2,650”

China makes face masks as COVID-19 surges global demand

China’s face mask production line. Screen capture from China Daily’s video via Twitter user China Science. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. After implementing a successful social isolation strategy to control the spread of COVID-19, China resumed its economic activities in March. As the desperate need for face masks and … Continue reading “China makes face masks as COVID-19 surges global demand”

Several cities issue new Covid-19 rules for Easter; Police fine dozens

A number of municipalities in the Netherlands have put in place new measures in order to avoid drawing crowds over Easter weekend. This comes as police and municipal authorities across the country continue to dish out fines for violations of the social distancing rules currently in place.Submitted by Byron Mühlberg on April 10, 2020 – 17:28

Erasmus MC starts testing blood plasma-antibodies treatment on Covid-19 patients

On Wednesday Erasmus MC in Rotterdam administered the blood plasma of someone who recovered from Covid-19 to a current coronavirus patient. The patient is participating in a scientific study to determine whether the plasma with antibodies will accelerate the recovery of coronavirus patients. This is the first such test done in the Netherlands, NOS reports.Submitted … Continue reading “Erasmus MC starts testing blood plasma-antibodies treatment on Covid-19 patients”

Mortality in NL continues to rise

In the week from March 30 to April 5 an estimated 5,100 people in the Netherlands died, around 2 thousand more that the weekly average for the first 10 weeks of 2020, Statistics Netherlands said on Friday. The number of deaths among elderly people in particular increased. Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 10, 2020 – … Continue reading “Mortality in NL continues to rise”

Top cyclist Dumoulin says stay home, no biking this weekend

“The weather is fantastic outside”, and that may increase the temptation to go for a bike ride or have a picnic in the park, but don’t do it, top Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin said in a video for the Limburg police. Stay safe and stay inside.  Social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of … Continue reading “Top cyclist Dumoulin says stay home, no biking this weekend”

Hyperloop study: Amsterdam to Brussels in under 30 minutes

A hyperloop can reduce travel time between Amsterdam and Brussels, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and other places to less than 30 minutes, according to an exploratory study conducted on behalf of the province of Noord-Holland. This means of transport opens up a large number of possibilities, the province said.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 10, 2020 – … Continue reading “Hyperloop study: Amsterdam to Brussels in under 30 minutes”

Taiwan donates further 6M surgical masks to help combat coronavirus

Taiwan’s government has pledged to donate a further six million surgical masks for use as personal protective equipment by frontline medical personnel combating coronavirus in America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said April 9.   According to the MOFA, one million masks will be delivered to the U.S. states most hard … Continue reading “Taiwan donates further 6M surgical masks to help combat coronavirus”

Third of primary school teachers worried about kids falling behind

A third of primary school teachers in the Netherlands worry that their pupils will encounter major learning problems if schools remain closed for another four weeks. If schools are closed until the summer holidays, three quarters of teachers expect major problems, according to a survey by education institute DUO among 606 teachers who teach grades … Continue reading “Third of primary school teachers worried about kids falling behind”

Sixth of Dutch still planning to visit family on Easter; Remember social distance, health auth. says

One in six Netherlands residents still plan on visiting friends and family during Easter, despite Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s call to stay home this long weekend, according to a survey conducted by EenVandaag among 27 thousand Dutch. Half of this group expects to see three or more people this weekend. The other half will limit visitors … Continue reading “Sixth of Dutch still planning to visit family on Easter; Remember social distance, health auth. says”

Sixth of Dutch still planning to visit family on Easter; Remember social distance, health authsays

One in six Netherlands residents still plan on visiting friends and family during Easter, despite Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s call to stay home this long weekend, according to a survey conducted by EenVandaag among 27 thousand Dutch. Half of this group expects to see three or more people this weekend. The other half will limit visitors … Continue reading “Sixth of Dutch still planning to visit family on Easter; Remember social distance, health authsays”

TOUT CE QUE VOUS NE DEVEZ SURTOUT PAS SAVOIR SUR LE CoV19 !

TRACKING OR NOT TRACKING ? En France, telle est là (seule ?) question ► France, sous Loi Martiale Médicale ; C’est quoi la prochaine étape ? ▼▼▼ Mon dossier Coronavirose/CoV19, en plus de ce dossier, consultez celui sur l’Horreur Vaccinale, constitué depuis décembre 2015 sur comment et pourquoi refuser l’Obligation Vaccinale parce que l’objectif final … Continue reading “TOUT CE QUE VOUS NE DEVEZ SURTOUT PAS SAVOIR SUR LE CoV19 !”

La crise sanitaire va-t-elle mettre fin au projet d’adhésion serbe à l’UE ?

Alors que nous sommes en pleine crise sanitaire et que des questions commencent à se poser sur le traitement de cette pandémie par nos autorités, il est intéressant d’examiner la façon dont un État plus jeune (créé en 2006) et moins puissant (PIB de 51,5 milliards de dollars pour 7 millions d’habitants) a su se mobiliser pour … Continue reading “La crise sanitaire va-t-elle mettre fin au projet d’adhésion serbe à l’UE ?”

Amsterdam to separate plastic trash for its residents, doing away with its orange bins

Residents in Amsterdam will no longer need to separate plastic recycling from their trash once city-owned waste management firm AEB launches a new setup to separate out plastic and drink cartons for them. “If we separate it after collection, we are less dependent on good behavior,” the city said in a statement. The machines used for this … Continue reading “Amsterdam to separate plastic trash for its residents, doing away with its orange bins”

‘Zero chance’ life will return to normal after Apr. 28: Dutch PM; Schools in talks to reopen

There is “zero chance” that life in the Netherlands will return to normal after April 28, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference on Thursday. The current rules in place around social distancing⁠, specifically that people are required to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others, will be kept in place for a while longer, … Continue reading “‘Zero chance’ life will return to normal after Apr. 28: Dutch PM; Schools in talks to reopen”

Sharp increase in welfare applications, especially from young flex workers: report

The number of applications for social assistance benefits increased significantly over the past few weeks, especially among young people with flexible jobs and in the four large cities. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht also received tens of thousands of applications from self-employed for the temporary bridging scheme for entrepreneurs (Tozo).Submitted by Janene Pieters on … Continue reading “Sharp increase in welfare applications, especially from young flex workers: report”

Video: National footballers deliver inspired message in Dutch and English

The players of the Dutch national football team posted a video on social media expressing support for the people of the Netherlands during the coronavirus crisis. “We’re all in this together,” is their message. Captain Virgil van Dijk stressed in the video that we are all on the same team. “We are proud of our … Continue reading “Video: National footballers deliver inspired message in Dutch and English”

A fifth of Dutch museums running into financial problems; Bankruptcies likely

A quarter of museums in the Netherlands will go bankrupt by the end of this year due to the coronavirus, according to a survey by the Museum Association among its 400 members. A fifth of the museums said that they expect to have problems paying salaries from next month. The association is calling on the … Continue reading “A fifth of Dutch museums running into financial problems; Bankruptcies likely”

Around 5,200 school kids ‘missing’ from distance learning in coronavirus crisis

Primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands currently don’t have contact with about 5,200 pupils, according to a poll by the association for school leaders AVS among 968 schools. About a fifth of schools can’t reach all their pupils since they’ve been forced to do their school work from home due to the coronavirus, NU.nl … Continue reading “Around 5,200 school kids ‘missing’ from distance learning in coronavirus crisis”

Dutch mayors oppose KNVB plan to resume football season

The Dutch football federation KNVB is planning to resume its professional football season on June 19. For this to happen, clubs would need to start training by May 15, despite the fact that football has been banned until at least June 1. The mayors of several cities with football teams were not in agreement with the plans. … Continue reading “Dutch mayors oppose KNVB plan to resume football season”

Residents missing visits to Efteling, Rijksmuseum most during social distancing

Easter weekend is traditionally the start of the tourist attraction season in the Netherlands. But due to the coronavirus and measures in place to curb its spread, Netherlands residents can now only think about the attraction they would have been visiting under normal circumstances. Amusement park Efteling is the most missed attraction in the Netherlands. … Continue reading “Residents missing visits to Efteling, Rijksmuseum most during social distancing”

Half of temp workers have no available work

Half of the 275 thousand temporary workers in the Netherlands currently have no or almost no work due to the ongoing health crisis, according to a study done by Maurice de Hond on behalf of trade union CNV. Another 40 percent of the over 500 respondents said they are worried that they will soon have no … Continue reading “Half of temp workers have no available work”

Covid-19 deaths in NL projected to hit 5,800: Univ. Washington model

A total of 5,808 people in the Netherlands will die of Covid-19, according to projections by the  University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). As of Tuesday, the Netherlands confirmed coronavirus death count stood at 2,101, so the country still has a way to go according to the IHME projections.Submitted by Janene Pieters … Continue reading “Covid-19 deaths in NL projected to hit 5,800: Univ. Washington model”

Amsterdam presents plans to halve material use by 2030, have full circular economy by 2050

Amsterdam’s College of Mayor and Alderpersons presented a set of measures with which the city aims to halve its use of raw materials by 2030 and have a fully circular economy by 2050. The measures range from encouraging residents to waste less food, to promoting repairs and second-hand shops, to increasing the sustainability requirements for … Continue reading “Amsterdam presents plans to halve material use by 2030, have full circular economy by 2050”

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic

As the international community is consumed by the impact of Covid-19, there are signs of the impact of the pandemic on the body politic.  There is change throughout the international community, particularly the decline of the influence and power of the United States; the fragmentation of the European Community; the weakening of the transatlantic system; … Continue reading “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic”

Corona, Capital and Class in Germany

As 70,000 people have died (6th April 2020) from the Coronavirus and the USA was initially expecting up to 82,000 deaths (and now is expecting up to 200,000 deaths), German economists have been asking, how bad is Corona going to be for businesses? while German’s are asking, how bad will it be for German workers. … Continue reading “Corona, Capital and Class in Germany”

29-year-old the youngest yet to die from Covid-19; Brother, 31, in ICU

A 29-year-old named Guus from Beek en Donk passed away due to the coronavirus on Tuesday. So far he is the youngest yet to die of Covid-19 in the Netherlands. As far as is known, he had no underlying health problems. His older brother, 31-year-old Bram, is currently in ICU with the virus, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.Submitted … Continue reading “29-year-old the youngest yet to die from Covid-19; Brother, 31, in ICU”

Stunning supermoon precedes warm day expected to hit 25 degrees

After the supermoon made a spectacular display in Dutch skies on Tuesday night, Wednesday is also set to be a beautiful day in the Netherlands. There will be plenty of sunshine, with maximums up to 25 degrees. Some places in the south of the country may even see thermometers climb to 26 degrees, according to … Continue reading “Stunning supermoon precedes warm day expected to hit 25 degrees”

Coronavirus the “new normal”, more attention needed for ‘regular’ healthcare: LCPS chair

The coronavirus will be in the Netherlands for a long time yet, which means that hospitals and GPs have to resume other care, Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the national coordination center for patient distribution LCPS and of the board of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, said to Nieuwsuur. “This is the new normal. The Covid epidemic … Continue reading “Coronavirus the “new normal”, more attention needed for ‘regular’ healthcare: LCPS chair”

Limits to military coronavirus aid in sight: report

The Ministry of Defense is increasingly supplying supportive military medical employees and equipment to healthcare institutions in the Netherlands to help fight against the coronavirus outbreak, but the limits of that capacity are in sight, Lieutenant Colonel Sjaak van Elten, spokesperson for Defense, said to newspaper NU.nl.Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 8, 2020 – 07:35

Amsterdam stock exchange rallies on Covid-19 hopes

The Amsterdam stock exchange index, AEX, has today recovered nearly half of its losses since falling from its highs in mid-February. The rally comes as European stocks climbed for a second consecutive day with the markets began pricing in data suggesting that the spread of Covid-19 is slowly being brought under control. The AEX jumped … Continue reading “Amsterdam stock exchange rallies on Covid-19 hopes”

Nearly 3,000 with coronavirus still in hospital, including 1,400 in ICU

Hospitals in the Netherlands were actively treating 4,284 people diagnosed with coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon. It includes 1,424 being treated in intensive care for Covid-19, and 2,860 being cared for in other departments. It includes those who have been released from ICU but were not discharged from their medical facility.Submitted by Zack Newmark on … Continue reading “Nearly 3,000 with coronavirus still in hospital, including 1,400 in ICU”

Police issue 1400 fines for violating Covid-19 rules to date

Police in the Netherlands have so far handed out over 1,400 fines to people for violating coronavirus social distancing rules since the rules came into effect on March 27. Under the current rules, fines may be issued to anyone over 12 years of age standing within 1.5 meters of two or more other people. The rules, … Continue reading “Police issue 1400 fines for violating Covid-19 rules to date”

Some NL nursing homes allowing partners to move in with residents during Covid-19 crisis

Some nursing homes in the Netherlands are allowing residents’ partners to move in with them for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, provided that the partner follows the same precautionary rules as the residents, Trouw reports after speaking to 14 nursing home groups across the country. The government banned visits to nursing homes, unless a … Continue reading “Some NL nursing homes allowing partners to move in with residents during Covid-19 crisis”

Almost no Dutch making plans for summer holidays: report

Due to the coronavirus, most people in the Netherlands aren’t even thinking about going away for the summer holidays. Travel organizations received virtually no bookings for the period between May and August, the Telegraaf reports after surveying various travel providers. Many bookings that were made, have since been canceled, they said.Submitted by Janene Pieters on … Continue reading “Almost no Dutch making plans for summer holidays: report”

Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations keep falling; Most patients had underlying health problems

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Netherlands seems to be falling, according to figures released by public health agency RIVM on Tuesday. Preliminary figures show 111 reported deaths on April 3, the lowest since March 27, and thus far the deaths of just 110 people were registered by the agency for April 4 and 5.Submitted … Continue reading “Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations keep falling; Most patients had underlying health problems”

Most NL entrepreneurs confident they’ll survive coronavirus crisis

The majority, 65 percent, of entrepreneurs in the Netherlands are confident that their business will survive the coronavirus crisis, even though over a fifth of SMEs and 40 percent of self-employed have had to halt all their activities due to restrictions in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. 15 percent of entrepreneurs are worried … Continue reading “Most NL entrepreneurs confident they’ll survive coronavirus crisis”

Supermoon: Partly cloudy skies predicted for tonight’s full moon close encounter

A supermoon will be visible in the Netherlands on Tuesday night, if the weather plays along. A supermoon is when the moon is close to the earth during full moon, which makes it look bigger than usual. Popular weather website Buienradar predicts partly cloudy skies from 10:00 p.m. through dawn. But Dutch meteorological institute KNMI is … Continue reading “Supermoon: Partly cloudy skies predicted for tonight’s full moon close encounter”

No mortgage foreclosures in Netherlands during coronavirus crisis, Minister promises

Minister Stientje van Veldhoven, responsible for Environment and Housing, made agreements with parties involved to ensure that no homeowners end up on the street during the coronavirus crisis. There will be no mortgage foreclosures until at least July 1st, and mortgage lenders will look for solutions with homeowners in trouble. The Minister made agreements to … Continue reading “No mortgage foreclosures in Netherlands during coronavirus crisis, Minister promises”

NL needs 4.5 million medical masks per week; ICU admissions climb to 1,409

The Netherlands needs 4.5 million medical masks and respirators per week to protect healthcare workers against the coronavirus Covid-19, Minister Martin van Rijn for Medical Care said on television program Op1 on Monday. The Netherlands ordered 30 million masks and respirators on the world market, he said, calling it “an absolute bonanza” as the world … Continue reading “NL needs 4.5 million medical masks per week; ICU admissions climb to 1,409”

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”

There Will Be Hell to Pay If Sweden Pulls This Off

In a word: Sweden. What happens if they pull this off? What happens if it turns out that we could have coped with COVID-19 without collapsing entire sectors of the economy putting millions on the dole, and imposing some of the most draconian restrictions on civil liberties in living memory? Sweden has not closed the … Continue reading “There Will Be Hell to Pay If Sweden Pulls This Off”

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