Tuesday 07 February 2023

DutchNews podcast – The Oppepkoffie O’Macron Ophef Edition

Wish we weren’t here: Quarantine runaways Carolina Pimenta and Andres Sanz. Photo: ANP/Evert Elzinga

Coronavirus cases are flying high but the big news this week was about two quarantining tourists who were barred from flying home and forced to spend the night in a stinking toilet in Groningen. Hugo de Jonge promises to give everyone over 60 a booster jab by Christmas as the cabinet comes under fire again for its sluggish vaccination programme. The coalition talks look to be creeping towards a conclusion as speculation begins about the ministerial merry-go-round. And completing a week of slow news, the major Dutch cities call for urban speed limits to be reduced to 30 km/h.

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Ophef of the week: Loud coronavirus announcements drive Eindhoven man to distraction (Omroep Brabant, Dutch)

Coronavirus news

All over-60s will be offered booster before the end of the year, health minister says

Earlier boosters would have stopped some hospital admissions, RIVM chief admits

More than 600 coronavirus patients in ICU, positive tests levelling off

Two-fifths of Dutch nursing homes have had recent coronavirus infections

Quarantine couple can go home, Schiphol and KLM apologise to passengers

Other news

Next cabinet will have 20 ministers and 10 junior ministers, say sources

Tata Steel faces stricter environmental rules and inspections

Welfare benefit claims decline for second quarter in a row

Dutch inflation rate rises to 5.6%, well above eurozone average

Big four cities want speed limit to be cut to 30 km/h to reduce injuries


Ajax restore two-point lead in Eredivisie as PSV slip up at Heerenveen

Sarina Wiegman wants more competitive games after record victory for England (Sky Sports)


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