DutchNews podcast – The Bootleg Hairdressers Edition – Week 16

Hugo de Jonge and Mark Rutte playing charades in the Tweede Kamer. Photo: ANP

In this week’s coronavirus news, demand on intensive care beds appears to be easing off but there is growing concern about the spike in deaths in nursing homes. There’s also news of research into what proportion of people may have developed immunity, a rash of scams involving face masks and why idiots are burning down phone masts. As the sense of apocalyptic doom intensifies, a church’s Easter light show sparks panic in Brabant. Sporting events attempt to move indoors – with mixed results – and a grandmother gets more than she bargained for when she opens up a four-year-old second-hand jigsaw puzzle.

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Ophef of the week: Church’s ‘too realistic’ Easter light show sparks panic in Brabant

Coronavirus news

Official Covid-19 death toll rises by 144 as hospital admissions continue to slow

Half a million people may have developed antibodies, says RIVM

Death rate in institutional care has doubled since coronavirus reached NL

Cabinet comes under pressure to reverse policy on face masks

Number of arson attacks on telecoms masts rises to nine

Dutch economy will shrink by 7.5% in 2020, unemployment could double

Move to ‘1.5 metre society’ will have huge economic impact, say experts

One in five freelancers has less than three months in reserve

Tax avoidance specialists Booking.com ask for government help to pay wages

Other news

Top darts players get ready for online tournament (NOS)

Opposition parties Denk and 50Plus riven by faction-fighting

Court rejects plea to allow quarantined mother to take abortion pills

Grandmother’s jigsaw box full of ecstasy tablets puzzles police

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