Sunday 17 January 2021

Fewer positive coronavirus tests, but new variant total hits 200

Fewer positive coronavirus tests, but new variant total hits 200

Public health institute RIVM reported 5,360 new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, down over 700 on Friday’s total and below the average for the past seven days. The number of coronavirus patients in hospital also continues to decline, dropping to 2,365 on Saturday morning, of whom 671 are in intensive care. However, new cases of the highly-infectious variant of the virus first identified in Britain have been found in a hospital in Goes in Zeeland and... More >

Retailers and landlords at loggerheads: FD

A number of big Dutch retail chains, including Hunkemöller, Blokker and Wibra, have halved rental payments or suspended them altogether in a bid to relieve the financial stress caused by the coronavirus crisis, the Financieele Dagblad has found The retailers, who the paper says are on a ‘collision course’ with their landlords, have said their situation is unsustainable, particularly now the cabinet has extended the ban on the sale of non-essential goods until February 9. ‘We will check in again... More >

Almost 1,000 prisoners face quarantine

Almost 1,000 prisoners in the Netherlands have been put in preventive quarantine because fellow detainees or prison staff have tested positive for coronavirus, broadcaster NOS reports. Two prisons, one in Nieuwegein housing 335 prisoners, and Ter Apel which houses over 400, are in total quarantine while in Grave, Zaanstad, Roermond and Heerhugowaard, parts of the prisons have been put into isolation. Some 29 prisoners in total have been found to have the virus, NOS said. Some 8,717 people are currently... More >

Authors come out in support of bookshops

Hundreds of Dutch authors and people in the publishing industry have rallied round a campaign to support high street bookshops initiated by Dutch literature marketing body CPNB. The campaign, which kicked off on Thursday and consists of ads in papers, on radio and social media, wants to bring home to people that despite the lockdown it is still possible to order books at ordinary high street bookshops. Well-known Dutch writers, such as Simone van der Vlugt, Tommy Wieringa and Paulien... More >

Speed up border checks, say freight firms

Dutch transporters organisation TLN has called for action to speed up border checks between the EU and Britain, before freight traffic reaches normal volumes, website has reported. ‘We have to do all we can to solve these growing pains, before it gets busier and the problems get worse,’ a spokesman said. TLN says in particular British trucking companies appear to be less well prepared for the new customs forms since the transition period with the UK ended, pointing in... More >