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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

Social distancing in Amsterdam's Oosterpark
Apr 7 '20 19:07

The Dutch Cabinet was advised not to relax measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 anytime soon, a source confirmed to broadcaster NOS on Tuesday. According to information leaked from the RIVM’s Outbreak Management Team (OMT), which advised the cabinet on Monday, no steps should be taken to ease restrictions until there are five criteria that are met.

A NIOSH N95 particulate respirator by 3M that can filters at least 95% of airborne particles.
Apr 7 '20 18:46

Hospitals in the Netherlands were actively treating 4,284 people diagnosed with coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon. It includes 1,424 being treated in intensive care for Covid-19, and 2,860 being cared for in other departments. It includes those who have been released from ICU but were not discharged from their medical facility.

Nursing home corridor
Apr 7 '20 15:40

Some nursing homes in the Netherlands are allowing residents' partners to move in with them for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, provided that the partner follows the same precautionary rules as the residents, Trouw reports after speaking to 14 nursing home groups across the country. The government banned visits to nursing homes, unless a resident is dying, as to not expose their vulnerable residents to the coronavirus.

Summer vacation
Apr 7 '20 14:50

Due to the coronavirus, most people in the Netherlands aren't even thinking about going away for the summer holidays. Travel organizations received virtually no bookings for the period between May and August, the Telegraaf reports after surveying various travel providers. Many bookings that were made, have since been canceled, they said.

A hospital isolation room
Apr 7 '20 14:16

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Netherlands seems to be falling, according to figures released by public health agency RIVM on Tuesday. Preliminary figures show 117 reported deaths on April 4, the lowest since March 29, and thus far the deaths of just 176 people were registered by the agency for April 5 and 6.

Phone call
Apr 7 '20 12:20

Doing your part to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but still missing that social contact? Calling a loved one is more effective in filling that need than texting, according to Ellen de Bruijn, professor neurocognitive clinical psychology at Leiden University. Hearing the voice of a loved one releases oxytocin, texting does not, AD reports.

Artist's rendition of the coronavirus
Apr 7 '20 09:45

"We dropped the ball after the first SARS outbreak," Eric Snijder, professor of molecular virology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), said to WNL Op Saterdag. If lessons had be learnt from that coronavirus outbreak, antiviral meds could have been ready to help with the Covid-19 outbreak, he said.

Medical masks
Apr 7 '20 07:44

The Netherlands needs 4.5 million medical masks and respirators per week to protect healthcare workers against the coronavirus Covid-19, Minister Martin van Rijn for Medical Care said on television program Op1 on Monday. The Netherlands ordered 30 million masks and respirators on the world market, he said, calling it "an absolute bonanza" as the world still faces a shortage of protective gear.

Mark Rutte
Apr 7 '20 07:21

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to ICU with the coronavirus on Monday, after being hospitalized on Sunday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte wished him strength and a speedy recovery on Twitter. 

"On behalf of the Dutch government, I wish Boris Johnson, his family and the British people much strength and luck in this difficult time. I hope to soon be able to him in good health," the Dutch Prime Minister tweeted.

Apr 6 '20 15:25

The Dutch government will show some lenience when it comes to collecting debts during the coronavirus crisis. Those financially affected by the crisis can apply for deferred payments. And the state's debt collection service CJIB sent a letter to bailiffs asking them to show restraint and to avoid seizing bank assets, salaries, properties, and homes as much as possible, AD reports.

Hospital corridor
Apr 6 '20 13:50

The number of coronavirus related hospital admissions in the Netherlands rose by 260, according to figures released by public health institute RIVM on Monday. That brings the total hospitalizations to 7,135. Another 101 people succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll up to 1,867.