Mark Rutte on coronavirus
Mar 30 '20 13:46

The government is going to extend the measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. These measures were initially implemented until April 6th. Until when they will be in place will be announced on Tuesday, various Dutch media report.

The cabinet will meet with experts and advisers on Tuesday. After that the Ministerial Crisis Management Committee will gather, followed by a press conference by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the other Minsters involved, according to NOS. The press conference is expected at around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Call center operator
Mar 30 '20 13:42

An outage affecting KPN, VodafoneZiggo, and T-Mobile is causing connection problems throughout the Netherlands. Various healthcare institutions reported that they are hard to reach by telephone at present.

The Deventer Hospital and hospital group Rijnstate both reported on Twitter that they are difficult to reach due to the outage. "We recommend that you keep trying. Sorry for the inconvenience!" Rijnstate said. GGD Drenthe, and the Zaans Medical Center also reported problems with their telephones, according to NOS.

Two Dutch F-16 fighter jets
Mar 30 '20 12:57

The Dutch Air Force continues to train, despite restrictions in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the military branch said on Twitter, after fighter jets were spotted racing through the skies over multiple regions of the Netherlands on Monday. The unannounced training caused some panic and consternation on social media. 

Packed up terrace
Mar 30 '20 12:20

Entrepreneurs in the retail, hospitality, and travel sectors are currently much more negative about the economic climate in the Netherlands than a few months ago. More entrepreneurs expect the economy to deteriorate than expect it to improve, though on balance they still expect a higher turnover in the coming months, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.

Ahoy Rotterdam
Mar 30 '20 11:30

Rotterdam event center Ahoy saw its plans for this year change drastically due to the coronavirus. Instead of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, Ahoy is now is ready to start taking in patients who need care, but are not so sick as to need hospital treatment. As of Monday, the event center has 88 beds available. If necessary, this can increase to 680 beds, ANP reports.

Ahoy can take in coronavirus patients, but also patients with other illnesses, the center said. 

Medical masks
Mar 30 '20 10:40

Minister Martin van Rijn for Medical Care met with the Chinese ambassador in The Hague to discuss a shipment of rejected medical masks from China. The Ministry had to reject some 600 thousand FFP-2 masks on Saturday because they did not meet quality standards, the Telegraaf reports. 

"Talked to Chinese ambassador Xu Hong about the rejected masks, the Minister tweeted on Sunday. "But also thanked China for their support to fight the coronavirus in the Netherlands. We are working together to ensure that all protective equipment meets quality requirements."

Exhausted doctor
Mar 30 '20 09:48

The enormous influx of patients, the long work days and -weeks, the lack of variation, and the terrible course of the coronavirus in patients are causing deep feelings of powerlessness in doctors and nurses, and this can have long-term consequences, psychologists warn. They worry that the traumatic impact of the Covid-19 crisis will lead to post-traumatic stress disorders among healthcare workers in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports.

Intensive care
Mar 30 '20 09:32

A total of 1,026 people are currently being treated in Dutch hospitals' intensive care units for coronavirus Covid-19, according to figures released by foundation NICE on Monday. For 961 of these patients the coronavirus diagnosis has been confirmed. The other 65 show all the symptoms of the virus, but were not officially tested.

Child using a laptop
Mar 30 '20 08:49

The municipality of Amsterdam is making 3,250 laptops and 450 WiFi hotspots available to pupils who do not have the proper equipment at home to follow distance education while the schools are closed during the coronavirus crisis. With this emergency measure, alderman Marjolein Moorman wants to combat inequality and prevent children from falling behind, she said to AT5.

The laptops and WiFi hotspots will be available to pupils who need them for as long as the schools are closed. The laptops will be distributed on Monday. A maximum of one laptop is available per family.

A nearly abandoned D Concourse in Departures 1 at Schiphol, 10 March 2020
Mar 30 '20 08:22

Passengers on flights from New York will not be subject to extra screenings when they arrive at Schiphol airport. Their temperature will not be measures and they won't be asked about symptoms, a spokesperson for Schiphol said to RTL Nieuws. "That is currently the policy in the Netherlands. That policy is determined by the government, not by Schiphol," the spokesperson said.

New York was hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Of the over 2 thousand deaths in the country, over 700 happened in New York. 

A Philips non-invasive ventilator
Mar 30 '20 08:02

The Netherlands ordered a total of 1 thousand ventilators from Philips two weeks ago, Philips CEO Frans van Houten said on television program Op1 on Sunday. By that time, the company's stock had already been sold to other countries. The first 100 units were delivered on Saturday. "The others come as soon as possible. It depend on how fast we can produce," Van Houten said. 

Hospital corridor
Mar 30 '20 07:34

The results of measures taken by the government to curb the spread the coronavirus Covid-19 are starting to show, and they are less effective than public health institute RIVM had hoped. The institute now expects more people to end up in intensive care. "The most positive scenarios from last week will not come true," Jaco Wallinga of the RIVM said to NOS.

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