Friday 26 February 2021

DutchNews podcast – The Ham Sandwich Virus Edition – Week 2

A ham sandwich in happier times. Picture: Pixabay

This week’s podcast was recorded while the cabinet was deciding whether to resign over the child benefits scandal, so we’re unable to respond to the possible collapse of he government. But we can bring you up to speed on the coronavirus lockdown, the vaccination schedule and what sandwiches you can bring with you from the UK. Despite predictions of economic meltdown, fewer businesses went to the wall than ever in 2020 and one home delivery firm saw its profits soar. And the Dutch wolf population is thriving, to the chagrin of Frisian farmers who want to erect a giant border fence to protect them from invaders from Drenthe and Overijssel.

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Ophef of the week: British tabloids outraged by ham sandwich seizures at border

Coronavirus news

First signs of lockdown impact as infections dropped by 12% in last week

New coronavirus mutation found in outbreak at Frisian care home

Ministers consider bringing in curfew and tighter restrictions on home visits

What you need to know about coronavirus in the Netherlands

Other news

Lodewijk Asscher quits as Labour leader over tax office benefits scandal

Bankruptcies in Netherlands hit 20-year low thanks to corona support

Lockdown is boost for home delivery businesses such as Just Eat

PVV manifesto includes ‘De-Islamisation’ programme, Nexit and ‘coziness’

Footage from nature reserve shows wolves are established in Netherlands


Ajax retain lead in Eredivisie after second-half comeback against PSV

Out-of-favour Lasse Schöne returns to Amsterdam to work on his fitness

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