KNVB football
Apr 8 '20 19:45

The Dutch football federation KNVB is planning to resume its professional football season on June 19. For this to happen, clubs would need to start training by May 15, despite the fact that football has been banned until at least June 1. The mayors of several cities with football teams were not in agreement with the plans.

The KNVB's plans are dependent on updates regarding coronavirus distancing measures in place in The Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to update the nation on April 21 over these issues.

Laptop opening the Zoom app. March 30, 2020
Apr 8 '20 19:00

Pornographic and racist images were displayed on the screens of Erasmus College students during a lesson using the video app Zoom in Zoetermeer on Wednesday, prompting the school to halt its use of the popular program. Following the incident, the secondary school was advised to switch to other video platforms instead.

Elderly woman's hands
Apr 8 '20 18:10

A 107-year-old woman from Sommelsdijk has officially recovered from Covid-19, her niece Maaike de Groot confirmed to AD after speaking to her aunt's doctor. Cornelia Ras, the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee's oldest resident, was diagnosed with the coronavirus in mid-March, and got the all-clear on Monday, according to the newspaper.

The Baron roller coaster at Efteling
Apr 8 '20 17:20

Easter weekend is traditionally the start of the tourist attraction season in the Netherlands. But due to the coronavirus and measures in place to curb its spread, Netherlands residents can now only think about the attraction they would have been visiting under normal circumstances.

Amusement park Efteling is the most missed attraction in the Netherlands. And the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the most missed educational attraction, according to a survey among 1,600 people for a report published by brand consultancy Hendrik Beerda.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
Apr 8 '20 16:35

A Rotterdam police officer was kicked and bitten last night after authorities tried to break up a group of people violating the ban on crowds. A 30-year-old Rotterdam man has been arrested in connection with the incident, the police confirmed.

Officers were dispatched to the Bellamystraat in the Spangen neighborhood at around 8.15 pm on Tuesday to handle a large group of people that had gathered there. Police said that when officers arrived the group quickly turned against them, which caused a scuffle that resulted in one officer being attacked.

Light the Sky: Erasmus MC in Rotterdam lit up to show support for care and aid workers in the Covid-19 crisis, 22 March 2020
Apr 8 '20 16:16

The number of patients being treated in intensive care fell for the first time since the pandemic began, with ICUs treating 16 fewer people than a day earlier. There were 1,408 Covid-19 patients receiving treatment in ICU on Wednesday, according to Ernst Kuipers, the chair of the National Network of Acute Care.

Apr 8 '20 15:00

Half of the 275 thousand temporary workers in the Netherlands currently have no or almost no work due to the ongoing health crisis, according to a study done by Maurice de Hond on behalf of trade union CNV. Another 40 percent of the over 500 respondents said they are worried that they will soon have no work.

"Very shocking figures," CNV chairman Piet Fortuin said to RTL Nieuws. "The government supports employers with billions of euros to keep temporary workers in service. But despite all that support, employers have sent away their temporary workers en masse. Outrageous."

Doctor's hand holding a surgical mask in front of the Dutch flag
Apr 8 '20 14:04

Another 147 people infected with coronavirus have died, and another 308 people have been hospitalized with respiratory illness Covid-19, Dutch public health agency RIVM reported on Wednesday. People who have been infected with the coronavirus, but only had mild symptoms may not be immune to Covid-19 after their recovery, RIVM director Jaap van Dissel revealed during his weekly update to parliament on Wednesday.

Apr 8 '20 13:30

A total of 5,808 people in the Netherlands will die of Covid-19, according to projections by the  University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). As of Tuesday, the Netherlands confirmed coronavirus death count stood at 2,101, so the country still has a way to go according to the IHME projections.

Wopke Hoekstra in Brussels
Apr 8 '20 12:23

After over 16 hours of discussions overnight, the European Ministers of Finance still could not come to an agreement on a financial support package of 540 billion euros for countries hit hardest by the coronavirus. The negotiations will continue on Thursday.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 8 '20 11:40

Amsterdam's College of Mayor and Alderpersons presented a set of measures with which the city aims to halve its use of raw materials by 2030 and have a fully circular economy by 2050. The measures range from encouraging residents to waste less food, to promoting repairs and second-hand shops, to increasing the sustainability requirements for construction.

Gurneys in a hospital corridor
Apr 8 '20 10:50

A 29-year-old named Guus from Beek en Donk passed away due to the coronavirus on Tuesday. So far he is the youngest yet to die of Covid-19 in the Netherlands. As far as is known, he had no underlying health problems. His older brother, 31-year-old Bram, is currently in ICU with the virus, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.

Apr 8 '20 09:55

Police officers in The Hague shot a man in his leg while arresting him on Honthorststraat during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man was taken to hospital for treatment, the police said on Twitter.

The police responded to Honthorststraat after a noise complaint, a police spokesperson said to newspaper AD. At the involved home, responding officers found a man holding a stabbing weapon. They tried to speak to the man, but eventually had to call in an arrest team, the spokesperson said.

Mother and child wearing medical masks
Apr 8 '20 09:38

The global coronavirus outbreak is heading towards the biggest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War, the Red Cross fears. "The Covid-19 pandemic is a crisis on a scale that we don't know yet," Robert Mardini, head of the International Red Cross, said to RTL Nieuws. "Everyone around the world is somehow affected by the crisis, personally and professionally."

Supermoon reflected in the Zoetermeerse lake in Zoetermeer
Apr 8 '20 09:01

After the supermoon made a spectacular display in Dutch skies on Tuesday night, Wednesday is also set to be a beautiful day in the Netherlands. There will be plenty of sunshine, with maximums up to 25 degrees. Some places in the south of the country may even see thermometers climb to 26 degrees, according to Weeronline.

Apr 8 '20 08:44

The government wants to track and curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 using special apps to trace who was in contact with a confirmed patient. Parliamentarians from coalition party D66 and opposition party PvdA worry about what this will mean for citizens' privacy.

Erasmus Medical Center and University in Rotterdam
Apr 8 '20 08:08

The coronavirus will be in the Netherlands for a long time yet, which means that hospitals and GPs have to resume other care, Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the national coordination center for patient distribution LCPS and of the board of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, said to Nieuwsuur. "This is the new normal. The Covid epidemic is far from over .We need to prepare to receive other patients in full again," he said.

Coronavirus Covid-19
Apr 8 '20 07:35

The Ministry of Defense is increasingly supplying supportive military medical employees and equipment to healthcare institutions in the Netherlands to help fight against the coronavirus outbreak, but the limits of that capacity are in sight, Lieutenant Colonel Sjaak van Elten, spokesperson for Defense, said to newspaper

Beursplein 5, home of the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange
Apr 7 '20 20:40

The Amsterdam stock exchange index, AEX, has today recovered nearly half of its losses since falling from its highs in mid-February. The rally comes as European stocks climbed for a second consecutive day as the markets began pricing in data suggesting that the spread of Covid-19 is slowly being brought under control.

The AEX jumped by almost 13 points from Monday's 489.82 close, with the price at today’s open rising sharply to 503.97. The index maintained its rally for most of the day’s trading, giving back some gains from the open to close 10 points higher (2.05 percent).

Flags of Netherlands and Europe
Apr 7 '20 20:00

Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra received support from a majority in parliament for the government's stance on European Union aid for countries in trouble due to the coronavirus. The Dutch government is against so-called coronabonds, and wants strict requirements attached to any emergency financing, NOS reports.

Later in the evening, reports emerged that the European Stabilization Mechanism (ESM) could instead be used to make a quarter of a trillion euros available to help countries in the EU pay for the medical problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


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