Health

Social distancing promoted on an Amsterdam fire department ladder truck
Jun 4 '20 16:36

There were 113 people being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care at Dutch medical centers on Thursday, down three from a day earlier. Outside of the ICU, Dutch hospitals were still treating 481 patients for the coronavirus disease, a decrease of 15, according to patient coordination office LCPS.

"We expect the number to drop a bit more because the inflow has remained stable at a low level for more than three weeks since the [coronavirus] regulations have been relaxed," said Ernst Kuipers, the chair of the country's acute care network stated.

Women wearing respirator masks at Amsterdam's Muntplein. March 2020
Jun 4 '20 14:18

Another 13 people were confirmed to have died from Covid-19, public health agency RIVM said on Thursday. Three people were known to have died on Wednesday, and three more deaths took place on Tuesday for five in total. The rest took place in the five weeks prior.

The Dutch death toll rose to 5,990 with the latest update.

Twelve more people were also known to have been hospitalized for the coronavirus disease. The RIVM said at least eight people were admitted between Monday and Tuesday. To date, 11,771 have required treatment in a hospital for the viral infection.

Gurneys in a hospital corridor
Jun 4 '20 12:40

A 24-year-old man was arrested for working at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch as a nurse without having the proper qualifications to do so. "The suspect monitored patients and possibly administered them medication without having any qualifications to perform these actions," the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Thursday. The man is in custody on suspicion of fraud, forgery and theft.

Working from home
Jun 4 '20 11:00

The government should continue to encourage employees to work from home in order to prevent everyone from taking the car or public transit again after the summer, according to the Coronavirus Crisis Think Tank, an initiative of the social and economic council SER. In education, a combination of online and physical education must be found, the think tank said, Het Parool reports.

Doctor listening to patient's heart
Jun 4 '20 10:07

A fifth of Netherlands residents are still avoiding going to the doctor when they are sick because they are worried about catching the coronavirus, or because they don't want to overburden a doctor too busy with coronavirus patients, according to a study by the Patient Federation among 7,400  respondents from a permanent patient panel, NOS reports.

Primary school classroom
Jun 4 '20 07:49

Primary school De Springbok in The Hague closed its doors after two teachers tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for umbrella organization De Haagse Scholen confirmed to NU.nl. The school board decided to close the primary school as a precaution and go back to distance learning for the time being.

The two infected teachers have been at home since the weekend. They received their test results on Tuesday. Seven pupils also started showing symptoms that could indicate a coronavirus infection. They will be tested soon.

Social distancing reminders on the Nieuwendijk, a major shopping street in Amsterdam Centrum. May 28, 2020
Jun 3 '20 16:16

The number of Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care on Wednesday fell by a quarter to 116 on Wednesday. The decrease of 38 patients was the biggest single-day decline since May 7, bringing the total down to its lowest point since March 14, according to data from patient coordination office LCPS.

Doctor's hand holding a surgical mask in front of the Dutch flag
Jun 3 '20 14:06

Public health agency RIVM confirmed the deaths of ten people who had been diagnosed with Covid-19. The ten all died between May 30 and June 2, the RIVM said.

It includes the first two known deaths on Tuesday, and it effectively doubled the weekend total to 14. Three more people died on Monday in addition to the two that the agency previously disclosed.

A total of 5,977 have died in the Netherlands from the coronavirus disease. At least 11,759 have required treatment in a hospital since the pandemic began, an increase of 9 compared to figures released on Tuesday.

The European Mink
Jun 3 '20 12:50

All the mink on Dutch mink farms infected with the coronavirus will be culled in the interest of public health, sources in The Hague said to RTL Nieuws. This involves thousands of animals from six companies with a total of eight locations in Gemert-Bakel, Laarbeek, Deurne, and Sint Anthonis, the broadcaster reported.

Doctor in protective gear taking a nasal swab from a man
Jun 3 '20 12:06

Almost 16 thousand appointments for coronavirus tests were made through the national hotline since it launched on Monday, an increase of about 10 thousand. So far health service GGD tested nearly 9,600 people, 94 of whom tested positive. That means that around 1 percent of tested people had the coronavirus, RTL Nieuws reports.

Blood donation
Jun 3 '20 07:26

The percentage of blood donors in the Netherlands with antibodies against the coronavirus increased from 3 percent in April to about 5.5 percent now, according to a large-scale study by blood bank Sanquin. At this rate it will take some two years for the Dutch population to achieve herd immunity. "We need a vaccine," research leader Hans Zaaijer said to AD.

Nasal swab test
Jun 2 '20 18:50

The Covid-19 test hotline was called an average of 27 thousand times per hour, or about 7.5 times per second, on Monday, the first day it was open to the public. Anyone residing in the Netherlands was given the opportunity to schedule an appointment to be tested for the coronavirus disease starting June 1.

Travelers waiting or their luggage at Schiphol
Jun 2 '20 18:09

The Dutch government is set to reduce the level of the negative travel advisory for trips within parts of Europe so that outgoing tourist trips and family visits will be permissible from June 15, sources from the government told local media on Tuesday. The move marks a departure from the government's current recommendation that only necessary trips be made, and is reportedly part of a wider European effort to lift restrictions on tourism on the same date.

Thousands in Amsterdam turn out in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in America. June 1, 2020
Jun 2 '20 17:05

The large gathering of protestors in Amsterdam's Dam Square on Monday distressed many healthcare workers, said Ernst Kuipers, the chair of the Dutch acute care network. "There were about 5,000 people from all over the country, who were close to each other for a long time, and do not directly know most of the bystanders," he said, noting that those in health care watched events unfold "with horror," according to broadcaster NOS.

T-Shirts hung with slogans in support of healthcare workers
Jun 2 '20 14:23

Two more people with Covid-19 died from the disease on Monday, public health agency RIVM said on Tuesday. It was the third day in a row where the number of new deaths and the number of new hospitalizations related to coronavirus was below ten. 

The RIVM said there were also two more deaths over the weekend than the five which were previously reported. A total of 5,967 have died from the coronavirus disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

Thousands in Amsterdam turn out in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in America. June 1, 2020
Jun 2 '20 07:45

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema was criticized for not intervening in a massive protest against racism and police brutality on Dam Square on Monday. Some 5 thousand demonstrators gathered at the square, without keeping 1.5 meters apart. This demonstration may well be a "super spreading event" when it comes ot the coronavirus, Menno de Jong, virologist and member of the government's Outbreak Management Team, said to Het Parool.

Call center operator
Jun 1 '20 16:50

The number Netherlands residents can call to book a coronavirus test if they have symptoms was immediately busy after it launched on Monday morning, GGD GHOR, the umbrella organization for health services GGD, said on Twitter. 

"We see that there is now a lot of calls to 0800-1202. You can call until 20:00 for an appointment. Please try again later rather than wait on line a long time," GGD GHOR tweeted. 

Hospital waiting area
Jun 1 '20 16:31

The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care fell slightly on Monday to 158, a decrease of one compared to Sunday. The patient total was 89 percent lower than the peak of 1,417 patients reported on April 9 by patient coordination office LCPS.

The Nieuwendijk shopping street, completely deserted, in Amsterdam Centrum. May 28, 2020
Jun 1 '20 14:06

Public health agency RIVM acknowledged the deaths of six more people as part of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Netherlands. Another nine people were also treated in hospitals for the coronavirus disease. It was not immediately clear on which dates those deaths and hospitalizations took place.

In total, 5,962 people have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of March, and 11,744 were treated in hospitals starting at the end of February.

The RIVM also said on Monday that another 103 people tested positive for an active Covid-19 infection. To date, 46,545 have tested positive.

Man praying in a mosque
Jun 1 '20 10:09

The as-Soennah mosque in The Hague decided to temporarily cease all its activities, including online activities, due to an outbreak of the coronavirus in the Muslim community in the city. Over the weekend, the Al Madinah Mosque in the city did the same after at least 21 members of the community tested positive for the coronavirus, including an elderly member who succumbed to the disease.

Coronavirus Covid-19
Jun 1 '20 09:40

A medicine against the coronavirus may be ready within the coming six months, professor of cell biology Frank Grosveld of Erasmus University, said to NPO Radio 1. Grosveld and several other scientists discovered the first coronavirus antibodies in March, sparking hopes for a medicine.

Doctor in protective gear taking a nasal swab from a man
Jun 1 '20 08:26

From today, everyone with even mild symptoms that could indicate a coronavirus infection can make an appointment with health service GGD to be tested. Those with symptoms like a fever, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath can call 0800-1202 to make an appointment. The number is free to call and will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. 

Cafe de Tropen in Amsterdam expanding its terrace into the courtyard of the Tropenmuseum in preparation for terraces reopening on 1 June 2020. Sign asks visitors to not move the tables which were organized with social distancing in mind. 29 May 2020
Jun 1 '20 07:32

With sunny and warm weather forecast for the Netherlands today, and catering establishments being allowed to open their doors for the first time since mid-March, the day is expected to be busy throughout the country. But the mayors in the Security Council, comprised of the 25 security regions in the Netherlands, are confident that Netherlands residents will adhere to social distancing rules in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The Nieuwendijk shopping street, completely deserted, in Amsterdam Centrum. May 28, 2020
May 31 '20 16:17

There were 159 patients from the Netherlands being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care on Sunday, according to patient coordination office LCPS. There were about 501 patients without the coronavirus disease being treated in the critical care department, meaning Dutch ICUs were not particularly busy.

"The overall occupancy is low with 660 patients. This is because GPs and hospitals apparently need more time to restart regular care," said Ernst Kuipers, who heads up the network of acute care providers in the Netherlands.

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