Coronavirus

Doctor's hand holding a surgical mask in front of the Dutch flag
Jun 3 '20 14:06

Public health agency RIVM confirmed the deaths of ten people who had been diagnosed with Covid-19. The ten all died between May 30 and June 2, the RIVM said.

It includes the first two known deaths on Tuesday, and it effectively doubled the weekend total to 14. Three more people died on Monday in addition to the two that the agency previously disclosed.

A total of 5,977 have died in the Netherlands from the coronavirus disease. At least 11,759 have required treatment in a hospital since the pandemic began, an increase of 9 compared to figures released on Tuesday.

Working from home
Jun 3 '20 13:40

Since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands, the people who work from home became more satisfied about the way they work, according to a survey by Nationale-Nederlanden and Crunchr among nearly 2 thousand people working from home, ANP reports. 

The European Mink
Jun 3 '20 12:50

All the mink on Dutch mink farms infected with the coronavirus will be culled in the interest of public health, sources in The Hague said to RTL Nieuws. This involves thousands of animals from six companies with a total of eight locations in Gemert-Bakel, Laarbeek, Deurne, and Sint Anthonis, the broadcaster reported.

Doctor in protective gear taking a nasal swab from a man
Jun 3 '20 12:06

Almost 16 thousand appointments for coronavirus tests were made through the national hotline since it launched on Monday, an increase of about 10 thousand. So far health service GGD tested nearly 9,600 people, 94 of whom tested positive. That means that around 1 percent of tested people had the coronavirus, RTL Nieuws reports.

Planes parked at Schiphol, 25 March 2020
Jun 3 '20 11:10

In April nearly 134 thousand passengers traveled to, from, or through the five national airports of the Netherlands, a decrease of 98 percent compared to April last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Freight transport decreased by 25 percent to 103 thousand tons transported weight. The decreases are largely attributed to restrictions in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Thousands in Amsterdam turn out in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in America. June 1, 2020
Jun 3 '20 08:44

The Amsterdam authorities had bad information about how many people would attend an anti-racism protest in the city on Monday, resulting in Dam Square becoming overcrowded and making social distancing impossible, Mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council. "We deeply regret this," she said. She will make sure that their information position improves so that crowds can be handled better in the future. But she does not intend to step down over this. 

Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam
Jun 3 '20 07:59

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb decided to move a demonstration against racism and police brutality on Wednesday to the Erasmus Bridge, in order to be able to accommodate more protesters. The municipality granted permission for a demonstration from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Glitterplein, the pedestrian area of the Erasmus Bridge and Wilhelminaplein, Aboutaleb said to Rijnmond.

Blood donation
Jun 3 '20 07:26

The percentage of blood donors in the Netherlands with antibodies against the coronavirus increased from 3 percent in April to about 5.5 percent now, according to a large-scale study by blood bank Sanquin. At this rate it will take some two years for the Dutch population to achieve herd immunity. "We need a vaccine," research leader Hans Zaaijer said to AD.

Nasal swab test
Jun 2 '20 18:50

The Covid-19 test hotline was called an average of 27 thousand times per hour, or about 7.5 times per second, on Monday, the first day it was open to the public. Anyone residing in the Netherlands was given the opportunity to schedule an appointment to be tested for the coronavirus disease starting June 1.

Travelers waiting or their luggage at Schiphol
Jun 2 '20 18:09

The Dutch government is set to reduce the level of the negative travel advisory for trips within parts of Europe so that outgoing tourist trips and family visits will be permissible from June 15, sources from the government told local media on Tuesday. The move marks a departure from the government's current recommendation that only necessary trips be made, and is reportedly part of a wider European effort to lift restrictions on tourism on the same date.

Thousands in Amsterdam turn out in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in America. June 1, 2020
Jun 2 '20 17:05

The large gathering of protestors in Amsterdam's Dam Square on Monday distressed many healthcare workers, said Ernst Kuipers, the chair of the Dutch acute care network. "There were about 5,000 people from all over the country, who were close to each other for a long time, and do not directly know most of the bystanders," he said, noting that those in health care watched events unfold "with horror," according to broadcaster NOS.

EasyJet
Jun 2 '20 16:50

EasyJet plans to start flying from Schiphol again from July 1, the airline announced on Tuesday. The number of flights will be lower due to reduced demand, but the airline plans to ultimately fly to 35 destinations from the Amsterdam Airport, NU.nl  reports.

"Thanks to the routes we will be flying again from July onwards, business travelers can make their essential trips again, people can be reunited with friends and family abroad, and hopefully also go on summer holidays if measures allow this," William Vet, manager of EasyJet Netherlands, said to the newspaper.

Euros
Jun 2 '20 15:10

The coronavirus crisis could lead to a new euro crisis, the Netherlands office for economic policy analysis CPB said after analyzing the vulnerabilities of the financial system.

Despite coronavirus support measures implemented by the government, businesses and households are facing increasing financial difficulties. And if the recession continues for some time and more debts become impossible to repay, households and businesses may pull financial institutions down with them, the CPB warned.

T-Shirts hung with slogans in support of healthcare workers
Jun 2 '20 14:23

Two more people with Covid-19 died from the disease on Monday, public health agency RIVM said on Tuesday. It was the third day in a row where the number of new deaths and the number of new hospitalizations related to coronavirus was below ten. 

The RIVM said there were also two more deaths over the weekend than the five which were previously reported. A total of 5,967 have died from the coronavirus disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Jun 2 '20 13:30

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam will allow a demonstration against racism to happen on Schouwburgplein on Wednesday, but the number of participants will be limited to no more than 80. The square is not suitable for more than 80 demonstrators while adhering to social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, he said to Radio Rijnmond on Tuesday.

Transmission mast
Jun 2 '20 12:40

Parliamentarians from the D66, ChristenUnie and SP are critical of an emergency law that will give health institute RIVM access to transmission mast data in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. D66 MP Kees Verhoeven is not convinced that this population tracking is necessary, he said to the Telegraaf.

Cafe de Tropen in Amsterdam expanding its terrace into the courtyard of the Tropenmuseum in preparation for terraces reopening on 1 June 2020. Sign asks visitors to not move the tables which were organized with social distancing in mind. 29 May 2020
Jun 2 '20 11:50

The catering industry in the Netherlands is still in danger, despite restaurants, bars, and cafes being allowed to open with anti-coronavirus measures on Monday. While people went out to support their local terraces, some places were much quieter than expected. And the weather will not always be warm and sunny, KHN, the industry association fo restaurants, cafes, and hotels, said to Het Parool.

Arrest
Jun 2 '20 11:00

The police recently detained 15 convicts which together had to serve a total of 22 years in prison and transferred them to a penitentiary. The coronavirus and measures to curb its spread made it somewhat easier to track these fugitives down, the police said. 

Lodewijk_Asscher_2015_(1)
Jun 2 '20 10:11

Left-wing parties PvdA, GroenLinks and SP are calling on the government to significantly increase its support for the culture sector, from the already promised 300 million euros to a total of 1 billion euros. The Netherlands has a moral obligation to support this sector that not only colors society, but is also of great economic importance, PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said to AD. 

Thousands in Amsterdam turn out in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in America. June 1, 2020
Jun 2 '20 09:37

VVD leader Klaas Dijkhoff and Marianne Schuurmans, mayor of Haarlemmermeer and chairman of Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland, both called on everyone who participated in a protest in Amsterdam against racism and police brutality to self-quarantine for two weeks, in case they caught the coronavirus. Some 5 thousand people were gathered on Amsterdam's Dam Square for the protest on Monday. 

Mural showing the portrait of George Floyd in Berlin, 31 May 2020
Jun 2 '20 08:54

The municipality in The Hague is in discussion with the organizers of a protest against police brutality and racism in the city on Tuesday evening. The demonstration has been registered and a location is still being discussed, a spokesperson for the municipality said to Omroep West.

Empty classroom
Jun 2 '20 08:23

After closing in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, secondary schools in the Netherlands are opening their doors again for larger groups of students on Tuesday. In the last weeks before the summer holidays, students will be allowed to go to school again, but not all at once, ANP reports.

NS train at Amsterdam Central Station
Jun 2 '20 07:56

From today, NS trains and other public transit will be running largely according to schedule again. It is mandatory to wear a mask on public transit. "The following still applies: only travel if you really have to and avoid busy places and times," NS advised its travelers.

Thousands in Amsterdam turn out in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in America. June 1, 2020
Jun 2 '20 07:45

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema was criticized for not intervening in a massive protest against racism and police brutality on Dam Square on Monday. Some 5 thousand demonstrators gathered at the square, without keeping 1.5 meters apart. This demonstration may well be a "super spreading event" when it comes ot the coronavirus, Menno de Jong, virologist and member of the government's Outbreak Management Team, said to Het Parool.

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