The top football players in the Netherlands joined Dutch football association KNVB and ING to create an 11 million euro fund to help rescue the country's professional and amateur football organizations. All football play has been on hold since March 12, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country.
The FIOD, the Tax Authority's investigative department, arrested two men on Monday on suspicion of stealing 900 thousand euros in a scam involving medical masks. The 51-year-old man from Oldenzaal and a 61-year-old man from Amersfoort posed as suppliers of protective equipment and "sold" 11 million nonexistent medical masks to two buyers, FIOD said in a statement.
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.
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.
Starting on Monday, the number of daily tests for Covid-19 performed in the Netherlands will be scaled up. Currently some 4 thousand tests per day are done for the coronavirus. In the coming days and weeks, that will be more than quadrupled to about 17,500 tests per day.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands, at least 11 couples have died of the virus, AD reports based on its own research. Losing multiple family members at the same time can make mourning for them extra complicated, clinical psychologist Jos de Keijser said to the newspaper. From Monday, Victim Support Netherlands is available to assist the relatives of people in intensive care with Covid-19.
Netherlands residents are divided about how to deal with the coronavirus crisis in combination with the climate crisis. 13 percent think that all attention must now be given to fighting Covid-19, and the fight against climate change should be put on the back burner. But 28 percent see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rebuild the Netherlands in a more sustainable way, according to a survey by I&O Research.
It may well take more than two years for the Netherlands to find its way out of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the most promising 'exit strategy' a team of around 40 epidemiologists, psychologists, mathematicians, and modelers from all over the country could come up with, NRC reports.
"Don't worry about a thing. Cause every little thing's gonna be alright." The song Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, a long time favorite of Ajax fans, became a note of positivity in the coronavirus crisis in Amsterdam on Sunday evening. Residents across the Dutch capital sang the song together at 7:00 p.m.
German health service Robert Koch Institute (RKI) classified the Netherlands as an "international risk area" for the further spread of the coronavirus. The country's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is expected to decide on Monday whether the borders with the Netherlands will close, NOS reports.
Despite a relatively small increase in the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care over the weekend, it is still too early for optimism, Diederik Gommers, chairman for the association for intensive care NVIC, said on television show Op1. "Only when there is more outflow than inflow will I start to be satisfied," he said.
The number of new hospitalizations connected to a coronavirus infection rose by 253, the lowest daily reported increase since March 22, statistics released on Sunday by public health agency RIVM showed. The figures also showed that 116 more patients have died, bringing the Dutch total up to 1,766.
These new increases reported by the RIVM were not exclusive to a single day, but included additions made to several days as medical facilities caught up on reporting the events to local and regional health authorities.
The Maastricht Exhibition & Conference Centre is on track to begin taking in Covid-19 patients from Monday after workers spent a week converting the facility into a 276-bed temporary hospital. Located a short walk from the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+), the MECC will be run as a temporary addition to the hospital strictly for coronavirus patients "who have been diagnosed with the virus, but for whom basic care is sufficient."
Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra has called on Dutch banks to reduce the interest rates they charge on overdraft payments in a new move designed to financially support consumers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. In an interview, Hoekstra told De Telegraaf newspaper that supporting people “is evidently about reducing those percentages,” which are currently “very substantial.”
Some 336 more people who tested positive for coronavirus required treatment in Dutch hospitals, the lowest reported increase in new hospitalizations linked to the virus since March 26. The data represents several days of admissions data, which brings the total number of people in the Netherlands who were hospitalized with coronavirus up to 6,622.
About 67 percent of people believe the coronavirus restrictions in place in the Netherlands will last for six months or a year, a survey of Dutch people showed. The report, released by I&O Research, showed that about a third of the public was already concerned about their personal financial situations, less than three weeks after the government began imposing stricter measures on the public to combat the spread of the virus.
There were 1,220 people being treated in intensive care units for Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus, as of 8:50 a.m. on Saturday. The reported total includes 42 people suspected of having the disease, but who have not yet tested positive, according to nonprofit intensive care organization NICE.
Aviation giant Air France-KLM Group is currently in discussion with various banks in order to secure at least six billion euros in government-backed emergency loans, sources told news agency Reuters on Friday. The emergency loans, of which 2 billion euros will likely go to KLM, are being designed in order to help keep the airlines afloat during the economic fallout resulting from the coronavirus crisis.
Members of the public who deliberately cough or spit at police officers will be forced to be immediately tested for coronavirus, if a new emergency measure put forward on Friday wins parliamentary approval.
The law has been put in place after a spate of spitting and coughing incidents aimed at police, bus drivers, and store personnel were recorded in recent weeks, prompting concerns over the transmission of the coronavirus.
Amsterdam is restricting access to its parks and canals over the weekend. Enforcement officers have also been instructed not to be lenient with people caught breaking the social distancing rules in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said to Het Parool.
Cruise ships MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam of the Holland America Line were allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter. A number of passengers on MS Zaandam tested positive for coronavirus Covid-19.
Another 148 patients in the Netherlands who tested positive for coronavirus have died. The total number of infected people in the country who have passed away stood at 1,487 on Friday afternoon, according figures published by the RIVM.
In the coming days, KLM will pick up nearly 2 thousand travelers stranded in Australia, Bali and New Zealand with its first flights to Australia in decades. "It has been 20 years since we landed at Sydney Airport," the Dutch airline said on Twitter. These repatriation flights are happening in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) launched an app that collects data about symptoms and human behavior. With this COVID Radar app, the hospital wants to get a good and current picture of how the cronavirus is spreading in the Netherlands.
Users of the app will be asked to answer 15 questions about their health and behavior. A map of the Netherlands will show the answers of other app users in a postcode area. Users will be able to filter this data based on symptoms.