Coronavirus

Medical masks
May 24 '20 17:14

There were 223 patients with Covid-19 being treated in intensive care on Sunday, the lowest total since March 17. The number of patients in critical care has gone down 43 times in 45 days with Sunday's total four patients less than Saturday's count.

Artist's rendition of the coronavirus
May 24 '20 14:01

There were 11 more people who died from Covid-19 than previously known, said public health agency RIVM on Sunday. Eight of those deaths took place on Friday, raising that day's total up to 15.

Just one coronavirus related death was reported on Saturday, a figure that will likely rise as the agency receives more data. The other two deaths took place on May 20 and 21.

Some 5,822 people in the country are now known to have died from the coronavirus disease. Additionally, 11,672 have required treatment in a hospital for the illness.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Screen showing an elderly patient's vitals in hospital
May 22 '20 18:00

The Netherlands had over 1,400 patients with Covid-19 being treated in intensive care on April 9, but sometime next week that figure is expected be a small fraction of what it was. In the 43 days since, the number of intensive care cases has gone down 41 times down to 252, according to data from the Dutch patient coordination office LCPS.

Covid-19: Amsterdam residents maintaining social distancing as they wait for their takeaways, 27 April 2020
May 22 '20 17:20

Since the Netherlands went into an intelligent lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus in mind-March, around 18,200 reports were filed about people not adhering to the rules around the lockdown. A total of 7,400 fines were issued by May 10, the Public Prosecutor said on Friday.

Covid-19: Sign reminding people to stay 1.5 meters apart on Javastraat in Amsterdam Oost, 15 May 2020
May 22 '20 14:02

Public health agency RIVM confirmed the deaths of 13 more people who were suffering from Covid-19. In total, 5,788 people in the Netherlands have died from the coronavirus disease since March 6.

At least three people are now known to have died on Thursday, which was a public holiday in the country. That figure will likely increase as more data is collected by the agency. All of the newly-reported deaths took place between May 15 and May 22, data which includes the addition of six more patients who died on Wednesday. The update increased that day's total to 15.

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs votes in the Amsterdam municipal election at Amsterdam Centraal, 21 March 2018
May 22 '20 12:50

There is a chance that upcoming elections in the Netherlands may have to be delayed due to the measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said in a letter to parliament on Friday. She is currently looking into options to avoid this, such as whether voting stations can reasonably be organized so that everyone can keep 1.5 meters apart. Voting by mail is also being considered, she said. 

Social distancing at the Artis entrance the first day the Amsterdam zoo reopened to the public, 13 May 2020
May 22 '20 12:01

While there is still broad support for social distancing measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, people in the Netherlands are finding it increasingly difficult to keep 1.5 meters apart, according to a survey by health institutes RIVM and GGD. 

Kids with school bags
May 22 '20 08:59

Even though primary schools and special education schools have been open again for two weeks, about 500 pupils are still not in school and have not had contact with their teachers, according to a poll by the general association of school leaders AVS among a thousand schools, NOS reports. 

Hospital ward
May 22 '20 08:08

Over a month after the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care started to fall, all hospitals in the Netherlands have started to resume regular care. But progress is slow. Most hospitals are only offering half of the care they provided before the coronavirus crisis. A quarter only started 25 percent of regular care, NOS reports after surveying hospitals.

Empty classroom
May 21 '20 17:14

Four employees at a single primary school in the Limburg town of Eygelshoven were diagnosed with Covid-19, local broadcaster L1 reported, based on information from municipal health service GGD Zuid-Limburg​. On the basis of these results, the school is now considering how to proceed, with primary schools set to transition back to their full classrooms on June 1.

Hospital corridor
May 21 '20 16:56

There were 255 people with Covid-19 in intensive care on Thursday, a decrease of 20 compared to a day earlier. Six weeks after ICUs reached their peak number of Covid-19 cases, the critical care departments have now taken on more patients without Covid-19 in nearly two months.

Football
May 21 '20 16:40

Doctors at the Amphia Hospital in Breda are teaming up with Noord-Brabant football clubs PSV, Willem II, RKC, and NAC to monitor if and how the coronavirus spreads in team sports. The footballers' health will be monitored in the coming months, and if they show symptoms of the coronavirus, the researchers will track down where they got the virus and whether it spread to their teammates, doctor Peter Joosten, initiator of this study, said to Omroep Brabant.

Almere Strand crowded, despite coronavirus social distancing measures, on a warm and sunny Ascension Day, 21 May 2020
May 21 '20 14:40

Beaches and other recreation areas in the Netherlands started streaming full early on a warm and sunny Ascension Day on Thursday. Various security regions had to take measures to try and disperse the crowds, including closing roads towards beaches.

Various access roads to the beaches of Bloemendaal, Heemskerk, Wijk aan Zee, IJmuiden, and Zandvoort were closed down to car traffic, Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland announced. The road to Castricum beach was also closed, according to NOS. Veiligheidsregio Zeeland closed down the boulevards in Vlissingen. 

Chest x-ray of a patient presenting with pneumonia. The x-ray shows alveolar infiltrate in the middle lobe of the right lung.
May 21 '20 13:53

Dutch officials added 27 to the number of people who have died from Covid-19 in the Netherlands. Since the pandemic began, at least 5,775 people are known to have died from the coronavirus disease, public health agency RIVM said on Thursday.

At least 21 people died in the preceding two-day period, including nine on Wednesday. All of the newly-reported fatal cases took place between March 29 and May 20.

In total, 11,640 people have required hospitalization for the disease since the end of February. That was due to an increase of 13 over statistics revealed a day earlier.

Sunset in Slufter nature reserve on Texel island
May 21 '20 12:50

To thank healthcare workers and other essential workers for all the effort they put in during the coronavirus crisis over these past months, hotels in Texel are offering 500 "care heroes" each a free overnight stay for two people. "These care heroes deserve to be pampered," Andreas Schraag of the Texel Hotel Association said to NH Nieuws.

"When we introduced the initiative to our members, hotels in Texel wholeheartedly and heartily said: YES! Many members are represented in this action and that is already heartwarming," Schraag said. 

Mark Rutte
May 21 '20 12:00

Trade unions are furious about the government's decision to scrap the so-called dismissal fine from the coronavirus aid package for businesses, warning that this will lead to mass layoffs. According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the cabinet is still discussing this matter with the unions. The scrapping of this fine is not set in stone, but at the same time it is "important that the dismissal fine does not continue in this form," Rutte said in a parliamentary debate on the coronavirus on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.

Sun seekers largely social distancing on Almere Strand, 21 May 2020
May 21 '20 10:15

Ascension Day today may be the first official summer's day of the year in the Netherlands. The sunny and dry day will see maximums between 23 and 28 degrees, according to Weerplaza. If thermometers climb to 25 degrees in De Bilt, the official summer's day is a fact.

Hugo de Jonge at the EPP Summit in Brussels, May 2019
May 21 '20 09:24

Persons infected with the coronavirus or who had contact with an infected person may be forced into quarantine, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health said in a parliamentary debate regarding the government's new coronavirus strategy on Wednesday. While the Minister hopes "not to make use of it", there is legal basis to force someone into quarantine he said. 

Femke Halsema
May 21 '20 08:44

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema wants tourism to restart "cautiously and carefully" and in such a way that tourists are also attracted to less crowded areas of the Netherlands, she said on Op1. She is worried that a sudden flood of tourists will mean a second wave of coronavirus infections. "We don't want Amsterdam to be hit again," she said, NU.nl and AT5 report.

"If the budget flights start again, [a new coronavirus wave] is a risk," Halsema said. "Everyone knows the image of the Red Light District, where you can walk over heads." 

Slaughterhouse
May 21 '20 08:18

The Vion slaughterhouse and meat processor in Groenlo, Gelderland was ordered closed on Wednesday after 45 of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus, the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA announced. Less than half of the slaughterhouse's employees have been tested so far.

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