Saturday 06 June 2020

DutchNews podcast – The RUTTE.MAG.NIET.DANSEN Edition – Week 14

Picture: Vincent van Gogh, The Pastoral Garden in Nuenen in Spring (joke originally by someone else)

We bring you up to date with the latest news on how the Dutch are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how the government is planning to ramp up the number of intensive care beds, how an ambulance got held up for 20 minutes in Belgium and why finance minister Wopke Hoekstra had to eat a large slice of humble pie. The competition for ‘most awkward body-swerve of the year’ award has two strong entries this week from Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge. And art thieves spoiled Van Gogh’s birthday by helping themselves to one of his paintings during the corona shutdown.

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Ophef of the week: Lubach hauls Rumag over the coals

Coronavirus news

Dutch government extends coronavirus restrictions to April 28 at least

Death toll passes 1100 as hospital admissions continue to rise

Intensive care admissions near critical level as MPs call for more beds

Statistics show lockdowns are slowing the rate of infection

Dutch accused of lacking solidarity as coronabonds row turns bitter

Netherlands joins 12 EU states in condemning Hungary’s emergency laws

Ajax technical director Overmars hits out at KNVB plan to finish season

Dutch ambulance stopped and told to pay €6 toll at Belgian tunnel

A teddy in every window: Dutch children take up bear hunting

Other news

Van Gogh painting stolen from museum shut by coronavirus restrictions

Cigarettes go up in price as Schiphol and NS ban smoking

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