Monday 02 August 2021

1.5 metre rule may be gone in September

Every adult who wants to be vaccinated against coronavirus will be fully protected by the beginning of September, health minister Hugo de Jonge has told television current affairs show WNL op Zondag. And like Germany, the Netherlands will use mobile vaccination centres to reach people who may not otherwise get vaccinated, De Jonge said. By Sunday, an estimated 9.1 million doses of vaccine had been given in the Netherlands. In addition, it is a ‘realistic’ to think that before the... More >

'Fourth coronavirus wave is unlikely'

While a fourth coronavirus wave is now unlikely, the Netherlands is not yet out of the woods when it comes to coping with the pandemic, government advisor Jaap van Dissel told the NRC in an interview. Van Dissel, who chairs the government’s Outbreak Management Team, told the paper that the crisis is not yet over, even though vaccination is a ‘new, important phase’. ‘But a large group of people still have not been vaccinated, and that is where the infection... More >

Savings rise as lockdown stopped holidays

Dutch households and non-profit foundations saved €77bn last year, or the equivalent of €4,418 per person, national statistics agency CBS said on Friday. The total is far and away the most ever saved in a year, even taking inflation into account, the CBS said. Disposable income rose by an average of €769 per person in 2020, while outgoings fell by €1,157 as the lockdown closed shops and restricted travel, leading to reduced spending on clothes and holidays. Most of the... More >

Thousands say concert should be cancelled

Over 115,000 people have signed a petition drawn up by a Breda hospital doctor calling on the government to scrap a planned outdoor concert with 10,000 people in the city. The doctor and other hospital workers say the event, part of the government’s Fieldlab experiments, is a ‘slap in the face to the healthcare workers in the hospital just 400 metres away’. The petition follows a letter sent by the Amphia Ziekenhuis director to Breda mayor Paul Depla ‘raising questions’... More >

Turkey beat Oranje in World Cup qualifier

The Netherlands had a disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday night, losing 4-2 away to Turkey. A hat trick by veteran player Burak Yilmaz helped see off the Group G favourites in what Dutch media describe as an embarrassing defeat. Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum, standing in for the injured Virgil van Dijk, said after the game: ‘given the missed opportunities, you could say Turkey wanted it even more.’ Coach Frank de Boer said the Turkish side... More >

Positive coronavirus test total up again

In total, 6,446 positive coronavirus tests were reported to the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Saturday morning. The total is up 405 on Friday and the highest number in two months. Over the past week, an average of 5121 people a day have tested positive for the virus. The sharp rise on Friday and Saturday means there has been a 13% increase in the number of positive tests in a week. This is partly due to... More >