Saturday 24 October 2020

Opinion is divided about tougher lockdown

A number of infectious disease specialists in the Netherlands are calling on the government to impose a tougher lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, saying the current measures are not having enough impact. On Thursday, over 9,000 positive tests were registered with the public health agency RIVM, and although the rate of increase appears to be slowing, they say a ‘short, sharp’ lockdown is needed. The group, calling themselves the Red Team, have been passing their... More >

Public transport firms plan service cuts

The Netherlands’ nine public transport companies expect to have to cut services in the coming year as falling passenger numbers hit finances, the NRC said on Thursday. The newspaper spoke to all the main train and bus companies operating in the Netherlands and found all are involved in negotiations about reducing frequency, but not scrapping, some services altogether. At the height of the first wave, passenger numbers had fallen to 10% to 15% of 2019’s figures and although that recovered... More >

Cafe owners lose bid to reopen

A judge in The Hague has rejected a call by a group of café and bar owners who had gone to court in an effort to have the coronavirus closure overturned. Ministers last Tuesday ordered all cafes, bars and restaurants to close for at least four weeks in an effort to get the growth in coronavirus cases under control. The owners, some 68 in total, asked the court to allow cafes and bars to reopen immediately, saying that the compulsory... More >

Coronavirus outbreak hits AZ Napoli tie

Just two days before Alkmaar football club AZ meets Napoli in the Europa League, at least eight of the AZ first team have been diagnosed with coronavirus, broadcaster NOS reported on Tuesday, with the Telegraaf saying 12 players in total could be affected. Last Friday it emerged that there were nine infections at the club, including top team and support staff. Club officials are now in talks with Uefa and KNVB officials about whether or not the match can go... More >