Wednesday 23 September 2020

Dutch coronavirus tests to be analysed by laboratory in Abu Dhabi: NOS

Dutch coronavirus tests to be analysed by laboratory in Abu Dhabi: NOS

Health ministry officials are working on a deal which will see swabs taken during coronavirus tests in the Netherlands sent to labs in Abu Dhabi for analysis, broadcaster NOS said on Wednesday. The deal between Dutch lab Saltro, its sister lab in Abu Dhabi, and the ministry are almost complete, the broadcaster said. Both Saltro and the Abu Dhabi lab are part of Swiss giant Unilabs, NOS said. The Netherlands also has a deal with laboratories in Germany and Belgium... More >

Supermarkets are corona-aware: CBL

Dutch supermarket association CBL has no plans to ask its members to scale up hygiene and social distancing measures in stores in Amsterdam, despite the local safety board calling for standards to be tightened up. On Friday, Amsterdam published a list of extra measures which would apply in the Dutch capital, where most new infections are taking place, and which also covered shops. ‘By this we mean that people should disinfect their hands on entering and keep 1.5 metres distance,’... More >

Minister ends company healthcare discounts

The government is to stop health insurance companies offering discounts to people who sign up as a group, such as a sports club, or company from 2023. The maximum discount on the basic health insurance package has already been reduced from 10% to 5%, and now will go altogether, health minister Tamara van Ark told MPs in a briefing. Van Ark said the discount is basically a confidence trick. ‘The premium is raised, and then some people get charged a... More >

Consumer spending falls 6.2% in July

Dutch consumer spending fell by 6.2% in July when compared with the year earlier period, national statistics agency CBS said on Tuesday. The decline is well down on the previous three months, when the coronavirus pandemic was at its height. In April, for example, consumer spending fell by a record 17%, the CBS said. Spending was down on restaurants, theatre, amusement parks and gyms – all of which had been hard hit by the lockdown. Spending on public transport also... More >

Unilever NV investors vote for unity

Shareholders in Unilever NV have voted 99% in favour of plans to move the company’s headquarters to London and to become a completely British company. The company currently has a dual structure, but said in June that unification will create ‘a simpler company with greater strategic flexibility, that is better positioned for future success’. The June decision came 18 months after Unilever dropped plans to consolidate its headquarter operations in Rotterdam following pressure from several large investors in the UK.... More >

Dutch firm sells facial software to China

Dutch company Noldus Information Technology has sold advanced surveillance technology to China, highlighting gaps in the European Union’s export regulations, Amnesty International says in a new report. Wageningen based Noldus Information Technology, one of three European companies singled out by Amnesty, develops software, hardware, and integrated systems for measurement and analysis of human and animal behaviour. Amnesty points out that a Dutch tax office investigation completed in June 2020 concluded that Noldus Information Technology has neither developed nor exported any... More >

Earlier closing times for some cafes

Cafe and bar closing times are likely to be brought forward to 1am in six of the 25 Dutch safety board regions including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Leiden and Haarlem, sources have told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. Prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge are due to hold a press conference on Friday evening announcing the plans which they hope will reduce the spread of coronavirus among young adults. In addition, cafes, bars and party centres face... More >

No, the expats are not leaving

There is little evidence that international workers are leaving the Netherlands because of the coronavirus epidemic, but fewer people are arriving, experts and organisations working with expats have told International schools say that while a few people have been called back to base, families are not packing up and leaving on a large scale and pupil numbers are steady. And while some housing agencies have said they have more property on their books, it is very unclear how much... More >

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