Monday 30 November 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Wink Wink Lockdown Roulette Edition – Week 42

Superspreading party in The Hague. Photo courtesy of BBC

Mark Rutte was in no mood to celebrate his 10th anniversary as prime minister this week, but there was a party outside Parliament as drinkers packed the bars for a last round before lockdown. We ask if the new restrictions will be enough, why Germany is bailing out the Dutch ICUs again and whether circle parties will ever return. In crime news, the chances of being murdered go down but the stakes for illicit gamblers are raised as police break up a blind pig casino in a Brabant basement. Plus the KNVB gets a VAR review and a red card over its shutdown of the women’s football league.

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Ophef of the week: Party on the Plein unites country in anger

Coronavirus news

The Netherlands goes into partial lockdown, facemasks will be compulsory

Nearly 8,000 positive Covid-19 tests, more than 300 patients in ICUs

At least 2.2 million people download Coronamelder app in first few days

Quarantine rules compromise coronavirus tracking app

Freelancers unhappy at 10-day quarantine for app users

More details of the partial lockdown rules on the Dutch government website

Other news

Dutch murder rate has almost halved in the last 20 years

Police shut down illegal casino and gambling hall in Brabant basement (Omroep Brabant)

Thieves completely empty war museum in Ossendrecht (NOS)


Netherlands draw blank with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica

Improved Oranje end goal drought and earn point against Italy

Next round of women’s Eredivisie will go ahead after KNVB climbdown (NOS)

Jumbo Visma team pulls out of Giro d’Italia after Kruijswijk corona test

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