Covid-19: Terrace cordoned off at Almere Strand, 21 May 2020
May 24 '20 10:00

Companies in the Netherlands are worried about their continued existence. While the government is offering businesses support, the consequences of the coronavirus are stretching further and further into the future and many businesses worry about whether they will survive. 

Kid playing football
May 24 '20 09:00

Twenty health organizations and the Netherlands Lottery have joined forces with the goal of making the Netherlands generation of young people the healthiest in the world by 2040, sports comittee NOC*NSF announced. This involves both physical and mental health.

The initiative was launched after a report by public health institute RIVM showed that if Dutch people keep living as they do now, more than half will be chronically ill in 20 years. 

Health insurance
May 23 '20 17:45

The Covid-19 outbreak is is beginning to cause disruption in the health insurance industry. This is evidenced by the fact that medical costs of coronavirus-related health problems sans hospitalization are not necessarily being covered by insurance providers, combined with the fact that the cost of existing health insurance premiums is set to rise.

Covid-19: Three young men walk past a 'Fight the Virus' sign on Panamalaan in Amsterdam, 22 April 2020
May 23 '20 17:10

The government's plan to ensure access to Covid-19 tests for any person with symptoms of the disease is set to come into effect in a little over a week, GGD director Sjaak de Gouw confirmed to the public broadcaster NOS on Saturday. The expanded access to mucus membrane swab tests will begin on June 1.

Women wearing respirator masks at Amsterdam's Muntplein. March 2020
May 23 '20 16:25

There were 10 percent fewer Covid-19 patients on Saturday in intensive care compared to a day earlier, patient coordination office LCPS said. By Saturday afternoon there were 227 patients in ICU in total, a decline of 25.

Fire swept across the rooftops on Ruyschstraat in Amsterdam-Oost. May 23, 2020
May 23 '20 16:06

A large fire broke out on the Ruyschstraat in Amsterdam Oost on Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were still on the scene at about 4:30 p.m., and up to that point no injuries had been reported

The fire brigade was dispatched to the scene at approximately 2:50 p.m. One witness told NL Times the fire quickly spread to several nearby buildings, which the fire department also confirmed.

Netherlands and the European Union
May 23 '20 14:50

The Netherlands is spearheading a counterplan to the 500 billion euro recovery proposal laid out by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday. In a newly-drawn proposal on Saturday, the Dutch have asserted that loans, rather than grants and subsidies, should be available to the eurozone economies bearing the brunt of the unfolding economic crisis.

A Dutch flag printed on a medical mask
May 23 '20 14:04

There were 23 more deaths linked to Covid-19 in the Netherlands, raising the total number of people who died in the country to 5,811. Public health agency RIVM said it also knew of another ten hospitalizations for the coronavirus disease.

At least seven people are now known to have died on Friday. Another six cases with a fatal outcome were also added to Thursday's statistics, raising that day's total to nine. The other deaths reported on Saturday were added as supplemental data to dates between March 30 and May 20.

Netherlands money calculator
May 23 '20 11:42

A number of companies that have claimed undue government support through the TOGS scheme are having their support payments reversed, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) confirmed to broadcaster NOS. The RVO did not reveal how many companies were involved, which firms were affected, nor if the companies were suspected of intentionally made false claims.

Some 191,000 applications had been filed to the RVO as of Wednesday last week, with more than 181,000 of them being paid out a combined total of 724 million euros, according to NOS.

Nasal swab test
May 23 '20 10:50

Classes will not resume at De Veldhof primary school in Eygelshoven next week after four staff members were found to be infected with Covid-19, the municipal health service GGD Zuid Limburg has confirmed. The school will have to hold its classes remotely for the time being, the GGD told news outlet 1Limburg on Friday, a day after the the infections were disclosed.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 23 '20 10:10

One person who was harming himself was shot at by police in Halsteren on Saturday morning. The man later died of his injuries, though it was not immediately clear if he was struck by a bullet.

Police said officers at the Klaverblad in the Noord-Brabant town found a “disturbed” individual who had taken a knife to himself. Neighbors told local newspaper BN De Stem that they heard four shots fired inside a home after police broke down the door to enter.

A mobile forensics lab from the Amsterdam police
May 23 '20 09:30

One person was hurt in an early morning shooting in Amsterdam-Zuidoost on Saturday. Several shots rang out at 4:30 a.m., records show, with dispatchers sending out several ambulances, police officers, and a trauma team by helicopter.

The shooting took place after an argument on the street, neighbors told local broadcaster AT5. A reporter for the broadcaster said a man was found with a gunshot wound to the leg.

His condition was not immediately revealed.

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