Tuesday 07 April 2020

Dutch see apps as key to relaxing lockdown, tracing corona suspects

Dutch see apps as key to relaxing lockdown, tracing corona suspects

The Netherlands is looking into introducing two apps as a key part of controlling the spread of coronavirus, prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge told a press conference on Tuesday evening. ‘Experts tell us that identifying sources and tracing contacts will be crucial for relaxing the rules, without over-taxing hospitals,’ Rutte said. ‘But it is still early days and privacy is key,’ the prime minister said. The apps, one of which would alert people via bluetooth... More >

Salary support scheme excludes start-ups

Local authorities on Monday opened job centre help desks for companies struggling to pay staff wages because of the coronacrisis shutdown as part of the government’s emergency fund scheme known as NOW. The scheme allows companies to claim up to 90% of their wage bills, depending on how hard their earnings have been hit. A company which has no turnover at all, for example, will be able to claim 90% of staff salaries. Those where earnings have halved can claim... More >

Food delivery most popular online service

Almost three in five people in the Netherlands bought or rented an item, or used a service, from an online platform, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS. Some 35% used food delivery apps such as Thuisbezorgd or Deliveroo, almost one third bought second-hand goods via the likes of Marktplaats and 20% booked a hotel or holiday house using online agencies like Booking.com. Digital platforms offering cleaning services or odd jobs, were much less popular – just 4%... More >

Floor Rules wins Emmy Kids Award for NL

Public broadcaster VPRO’s children’s programme De regels van Floor (Floor Rules) has won the prestigious International Emmy Kids Award in the category best series. The NL Film and VPRO co-production is based on the books by Marjon Hoffman about a young girl who decides that, like the adults around her, she is entitled to make up her own rules. Floor is grappling with such teenage issues as whether or not to keep seeing ex boyfriends, moving house when you don’t... More >

Beware the (computer) virus

The need for information about coronavirus is giving rise to hackers and fake news merchants who are trying to spread malicious software via social media and designated websites, and people working form home should be extra vigilant, the Volkskrant warns. Beware a fake version of the authoritative Johns Hopkins University which tells people to download a map explaining the spread of the virus, for instance, the paper said. The download, which is not necessary on the real website, contains malware,... More >