Saturday 15 August 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Is Our Scout Leader Edition – Week 18

Mark Rutte speaking to a woman wearing a face mask during a site visit to The Hague's refuse collection service.

Rutte got a rubbish reception at Haags Milieu Services this week. Photo: Bart Maat/ANP/HH

The podcast team overcomes ‘coronamoeheid’ and the horror of ‘coronakapsels’ to bring you the latest news on the lockdown as well as a few of the 700 new Dutch words that the epidemic has generated. Ministers come under more pressure over face masks, the economic outlook goes from terrible to abysmal and researchers warn of a hidden danger for intensive care patients. Mink farms are cordoned off as evidence emerges that some animals can transmit the virus, while the football season looks like going to extra time in the courtroom. We also consider a potential breakthrough in the MH17 investigation and the implications of Forum voor Democratie getting its first taste of power in Noord-Brabant.

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Ophef of the week: Rutte’s banter with binmen trashes Dutch reputation in southern Europe

Bonus ophef: Anti-vaxxers, lockdown deniers and 5G conspiracists team up to protest at empty parliament

Coronavirus news

Nurses and carers worried about shortage of face masks

Covid-19 death rate nears 5,000; actual figure may be 40% higher

Nine healthcare workers have died of coronavirus infections

Hospitals warn of risk of blood clots in intensive care patients

Coronavirus crisis could send budget deficit plunging to 12%

Dutch and French pump billions into stricken state airlines

Doing the pivot: businesses change gear to survive corona

Researchers investigate whether cats can transmit virus

Coronavirus identified on two mink farms in Noord-Brabant

Are you a coronanazi with a coronakapsel? Outbreak spawns 700 new words

Other news

Top FSB commander authorised transfer of missile that shot down MH17, says Bellingcat

MH17 trial cleared to take evidence from anonymous witnesses (AP)

Prospect of alliance with Forum splits CDA in Brabant and beyond

Ministers finalise plans to cut air pollution in wake of Urgenda court case

Dutch introduce 15 cent deposit on small plastic bottles


Eredivisie clubs apply for furlough funding after KNVB cancels season

Goalkeeper Onana looks to new horizons after five years at Ajax

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