Wednesday 28 July 2021

R rate shrinks, fewer positive tests: has the corner been turned?

R rate shrinks, fewer positive tests: has the corner been turned?

The number of positive coronavirus tests in the Netherlands almost halved last week to 37,343 when compared with the week-earlier period, public health institute RIVM said on Tuesday in its latest weekly update. The decline also took the R, or reproduction rate, to 0.8, compared with 1.75 a week ago, the RIVM said. The percentage of positive tests has also gone down from 15.4% last week to 13.5%. Some 11% of those testing positive for coronavirus had been fully vaccinated,... More >

Bijenkorf department store may be for sale

Dutch luxury department store group De Bijenkorf may be up for sale after a mystery buyer approached its Canadian owner, according to British media reports. The Bijenkorf has been part of the Selfridges Group, which is owned by Canadian investment house Wittington Investments, since 2011. The paper says the family owners have been approached about a deal, which could be worth up to €4.7bn. In the coming weeks, there will be an auction where a select group of interest parties... More >

Two more Dutch sites on heritage list

The Lower German Limes and the ‘Colonies of Benevolence’ in Groningen and Drenthe are to be added to the Unesco world heritage listing, officials from the world body have decided. The decision means there are now 12 Dutch cultural locations and one natural site on the official list. The Limes (paths) are one of the frontiers of the Roman Empire in Europe and ‘provide a fine example of the development of an urban infrastructure in a region without central places,... More >

'Peter R de Vriesstraat', Aalsmeer

Crime reporter Peter R de Vries will have a street named after him in his native Aalsmeer, the town’s local authorities have announced. The death of De Vries, who was shot in the street as he was leaving a television studio in Amsterdam on July 6, ‘hit Aalsmeer hard’ mayor Gido Oude Kotte said. The Peter R de Vries street will be part of a new housing development which will be built on the site of the town’s current studio... More >

Dyke breach: cows or crayfish?

An investigation has been started into the cause of a dyke breach in Reeuwijk in the province of Zuid Holland in the early hours of Monday morning, with the American crayfish one of the contenders. The farmer whose field were flooded as a result of the breach told local broadcaster Omroep West that, in his opinion, the breach was down to the destructive American crayfish rather than the recent flooding in Limburg. ‘They are gnawing away at the dyke and... More >

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