Tata Steel IJmuiden at sunset
May 26 '20 09:34

A group of around 100 Tata Steel employees blocked the gate to the company site with trucks on Tuesday morning, causing quite the traffic jam in Velsen-Noord. The workers are protesting the departure of Theo Henrar, who announced last week that he is leaving the steel giant after 33 years, NH Nieuws reports.

Cracked, dry ground
May 26 '20 09:12

While scientists were initially reluctant to link the Netherlands' record dry summer in 2018 to climate change, a study by meteorological institute KNMI and Utrecht University showed that global warming was behind the drought, but only in Eastern Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

Child asylum seekers in Greece
May 26 '20 08:28

Taking in orphaned child asylum seekers from refugee camps in Greece is causing conflict within coalition party CDA. The national faction of the Christian democrats is set against it. On Tuesday over 40 local and provincial CDA factions called on party leader Pieter Heerma and party chairman Rutger Ploum to change their mind and bring 500 orphaned children to the Netherlands, Trouw reports.

A Thuisberzorgd.nl deliverer in Amsterdam
May 26 '20 07:55

Over a tenth of Netherlands residents saw their income fall since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by platform Wijzer in Geldzaken. Low paid flexible workers and freelancers were hardest hit, NU.nl reports.

About two thirds of low-paid flex workers and self employed are now earning less than before the crisis. These are temporary workers, taxi drivers, cleaners, or meal deliverers, for example. They are called to work less often, or get fewer hours. 

Kids raising their hands in class
May 26 '20 07:31

Only 29 percent of teachers in mainstream primary education support the plan to reopen primary schools completely on June 8, if the coronavirus remains under control, according to a poll by education union AOb among 8 thousand teachers. The partial reopening of primary schools on May 11 had the support of 72 percent of teachers, AD reports.

Dutch police car
May 25 '20 18:45

A Rotterdam police officer was remanded into custody on Monday, accused of drug possession, breaching official confidentiality laws, on-duty corruption, and money laundering.The 30-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday.

The investigation into the officer began after police received a tip, "which led to a suspicion that information was being leaked by a police officer," the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said. The 30-year-old was working as a hoofdagent, a supervisory police officer that leads team strategy.

A Rotterdam park encouraged social distancing with circles spray-painted on the grass.
May 25 '20 18:15

With about one week left to go in meteorological spring, the Netherlands has set a new high mark for the sunniest spring since record-keeping began. This year the country has been blanketed with 713.4 hours of sunshine, breaking the record set in 2011 by about six minutes, said Weer.nl.

By this date, the country would normally have seen 415 hours of sunshine for the season. On average, the Netherlands gets about 517 hours of sunshine for the March 1 - May 31 spring period.

Dr. Milly Haverkort, an infectious diseases and internal medicine specialist, demonstrates a coronavirus exam at the GGD Kennemerland. February 2020.
May 25 '20 17:30

Ellis Jeurissen, director of Public Health at health service GGD Brabant-Zuidoost, hopes that fear of a quarantine will not prevent people from getting tested for the coronavirus when they have any health symptoms. From June 1st, anyone with symptoms that could indicate the coronavirus can get tested, and Jeurissen hopes that everyone with symptoms will go in and do it, she said to Omroep Brabant.

Journalist
May 25 '20 16:45

A new regulation describing how criminal procedures against journalists should be handled will take effect on June 1. From then on, journalists can only be forced to give up their source if there is a suspicion of a serious crime, and only if the public prosecutor involved got permission to use coercion on the journalist, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said in a statement.

A Dutch flag printed on a medical mask
May 25 '20 16:44

There was no change in the number of Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care on Monday, which remained level at 223. There were 756 people being treated for the disease in other hospital wards, making Monday the second day straight where less than a thousand people still needed hospital care for Covid-19.

The number of ICU patients is expected to fall by a third this week, said Ernst Kuipers, the chair of the Dutch acute care provider's network. He continued his stance that there would be about 150 Covid-19 patients in intensive care later this week.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
May 25 '20 15:20

The Dutch State can continue to auction off the frequencies for the rollout of 5G, the court in The Hague ruled in a lawsuit filed by action group Stop 5GNL. According to the court, there is no reason to believe that the government is ignoring public health in allowing this network, which will enable more capacity and faster connections for mobile digital communication. 

Funeral
May 25 '20 14:40

Alkaline hydrolysis, in which human remains are dissolved in a heated liquid, could be an alternative to burial or cremation, the Dutch Health Council concluded after looking into new techniques of funeral services on behalf of the Ministry Home Affairs. There is not yet enough information available on human composting to consider this a real option, the Health Council said in report on Monday.

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