Sunday 05 April 2020

Dutch corona hospital admissions decline, death toll rise by 115

Dutch corona hospital admissions decline, death toll rise by 115

The official death toll from coronavirus in the Netherlands climbed by 115 on Sunday, according to the daily update from public health agency RIVM. This takes the official death toll to 1,766, although the true figure is likely to be higher. Three people under the age of 50 have now died, although all three had underlying health issues, the RIVM said. A further 253 people have been admitted to hospital overnight, a sharp drop on Saturday’s figure, although there may... More >

Coronavirus in NL: what you need to know

We’ve collected our main articles about coronavirus in the Netherlands into one place, to make it easier for you to find the information you need. You can also search using the corona tag in the news menu bar. And do please feel free to share your questions, comments and ideas with us so we can continue to do what we can as a news organisation to help members of our community. Main news and official measures Statistics show lockdowns... More >

Amsterdam tourism in a post-corona world

Amsterdammer David Veldhoen could not have been happier on the day the city removed the iconic IAmsterdam letters from the Museumplein in its efforts to combat overtourism. ‘The letters were for me a symbol of tourism, so I made this picture with the letters enlarged as a ruin,’ he explained of his mixed medium artwork I Amsterdam. ‘The tourists come up from the fog and also disappear in the haze while colonising the city. I’m very happy that the letters... More >

Teacher assaulted during online class

Some 30 secondary school pupils in Naaldwijk witnessed their teacher being assaulted by a man thought to be her partner last week as she was conducting an online class, the Telegraaf reported. The paper based its story on sources around the school and a letter in its possession. The incident, which was recorded and shared on Whatsapp among groups of students, took place on Thursday afternoon when pupils at the ISW Hoogeland school in Naaldwijk were having a lesson via... More >

International students face money worries

Student unions and education ministry officials have been meeting in an effort to come up with answers for the problems coronavirus is causing students, particularly those from abroad. Students, universities, the ministries are really working hard to try to make sure that the negative impact on all students is kept to a minimum, says Jeroen Wienen, spokesman for Dutch international education agency Nuffic. ‘There is a lot of willingness to work together,’ says Wienen. ‘But if you consider they only... More >

Stay home despite the sun, officials say

Parks, nature reserves, beaches and woods are being closed of all over the country to stop large crowds turning up during this weekend’s spring weather. On Saturday the temperature is forecast to hit 15 degrees, but on Sunday summer temperatures of 19 degrees and higher are likely, weather forecasters say. In some places in the countryside, access is being restricted by closing off car parks. In others, officials are keeping a close watch on how many people make use of... More >

3D printing gives hornbill back his charm

Balou, a male silvery-cheeked hornbill brought to Texel ZOO with a broken casque, has been fitted with an artificial replacement printed on a 3D printer by scientists at Utrecht university. The casque, a large hard structure that sits on the beak of the animal and which it uses to impress females, was so damaged its life was in danger. ‘His veins were only protected by a very thin membrane, ‘ a spokesman for Texel Zoo said. The bird, whose habitat... More >

More clubs back league competition stop

More Dutch Eredivisie football clubs have come out in support of Ajax’ calls for this season’s competition to be abandoned. AZ of Alkmaar, currently level on Ajax with points, and fourth-placed PSV Eindhoven have both backed the suggestion, as have PEC Zwolle, ADO Den Haag and several other clubs. However, Rotterdam club Feyenoord, six points behind the two leaders, says it supports the the Dutch football association line. The KNVB says it hopes to complete the competition over the summer,... More >

Food delivery most popular online service

Almost three in five people in the Netherlands bought or rented an item, or used a service, from an online platform, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS. Some 35% used food delivery apps such as Thuisbezorgd or Deliveroo, almost one third bought second-hand goods via the likes of Marktplaats and 20% booked a hotel or holiday house using online agencies like Digital platforms offering cleaning services or odd jobs, were much less popular – just 4%... More >

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