Saturday 27 November 2021

61 passengers on South Africa flights test positive for coronavirus

61 passengers on South Africa flights test positive for coronavirus

Health board officials say 61 of the 600 people on two flights from South Africa which arrived at Schiphol airport on Friday morning have now tested positive for coronavirus. Officials said on Friday evening they expected around 85 people would prove positive, after initial tests suggested a 13% infection rate, but told news agency ANP later the actual total is 61. All the passengers reportedly had to show a negative fast test no older than 24 hours before boarding the... More >

The Netherlands will shut from 5pm to 5am

The Netherlands will virtually shut down from 5pm to 5am for at least three weeks from Sunday, as the cabinet struggles to reduce the spread of coronavirus, now at some 22,000 new cases a day. Prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters at Friday evening’s press conference that a year ago, he and government health advisors thought the pandemic would be under control by the summer. ‘The reality is different,’ Rutte said. ‘And I am sure later evaluations will show that... More >

King applies for country estate cash

King Willem-Alexander has decided to stop applying for government grants to help manage 3,400 hectares of his Het Loo country estate so that the area can still be closed to the public. However, he will continue to ask for financial support – some €700,000 a year – for the rest of the estate in Apeldoorn, much of which will remain open to the public all year round. Until now, the entire estate, in the Veluwe heathland region, has been closed... More >

Over tame Konik horses are put down

I In total 29 Konik horses living in the southern part of the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve near Almere are being put down for becoming too tame and creating ‘dangerous situations’, forestry commission Staatsbosbeheer has said. The horses were approached, petted and fed by visitors over the past year and had started approaching people, warden Hans-Erik Kuypers said. They lived in part of the 6,000 hectare reserve which is open to the public. The horses can seem threatening and ‘we don’t... More >

Excess death total rises again

Around 900 more people died in the week to November 21 than statisticians had expected, national statistics office CBS said on Friday. In total, almost 3,850 died that week, when fewer than 3,000 deaths would have been considered normal, the CBS said. In particular, there were more deaths among the over 80s, although the increase is across all age groups. People living in residential care were also more affected. The number of excess deaths has been rising since mid October,... More >

Afghans go to court to force evacuation

Four Afghan families who are on the Dutch evacuation list and say their lives are in danger, are taking legal action against the Dutch state in an effort to force their removal from Afghanistan. Their lawyer has filed for an injunction calling for their immediate evacuation, the AD reported. The group reportedly includes three sisters of an interpreter who came to the Netherlands in 2015. ‘They have had threatening letters from the Taliban, which mentioned their brother’s work,’ lawyer Barbara... More >