Thursday 09 April 2020

No football in my city: Eindhoven mayor criticises KNVB's corona plans

No football in my city: Eindhoven mayor criticises KNVB's corona plans

Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma has slammed the Dutch football association’s plans to complete this season’s Eredivisie competition, saying there will be no football in his city in June and July. The Dutch football association says it still aims to resume the Eredivise competition in mid-June, despite resistance from a number of clubs, including PSV Eindhoven and league leaders Ajax and AZ. The KNVB position is in line with that taken by Uefa, which has called on all leagues to finish... More >

Nursing home residents hard hit by corona

The NRC reports that almost half the residents of a Rotterdam nursing home unit for elderly dementia patients have died in the past three weeks, probably from coronavirus. A spokesman for the De Leeuwenhoek home told the paper that ‘a large number of patients have died’ but will not give a figure. According to the paper, 15 people have died so far, and there are new deaths on an almost daily basis. In the meantime, all 72 residents of the... More >

Man arrested over €850k corona mask scam

Border police have arrested a man accused of selling two million medical face masks to China that were never delivered. The 49-year-old man from Purmerend agreed to sell €8 million of masks to ConectID and TKL Health DD, both based in Wuhan, in February. ConectID is owned by a British businessman and TKL Health by a Chinese Australian entrepeneur. The two companies paid €850,000 in advance to secure the delivery, but when the executives travelled to Amsterdam to view the... More >

Government expands company aid package

The Dutch government has expand some of the measures it has taken to help companies get through the coronavirus crisis, and has decided to include taxi drivers, dentists and tattoo artists in its list of self-employed professional who are eligible for support. This means more people who either have to touch or get close to their customers will also be able to claim a one-off gift of €4,000 if they can prove their income has slumped because of the government’s... More >

'Coronavirus has taken healthcare hostage'

Hospitals and family doctors must start resuming their normal care duties as the Netherlands adjusts to ‘the new normal’, Ernst Kuipers, chairman of Rotterdam teaching hospital Erasmus MC told television talk show Nieuwsuur on Tuesday night. Kuipers, who also chairs the national coordination centre on patient distribution, said coronavirus has taken the health service hostage. ‘Family doctors are focusing on Covid-19, and this has led to less attention for regular patient care,’ he said. ‘The same goes for hospitals.’ A... More >