Rotterdam

Arrest
Apr 1 '20 07:21

A man was attacked with a machete in a home on Carnisselaan in Rotterdam on Tuesday evening. He was taken to hospital with non-critical injuries, the police said on Twitter. Four suspects were arrested.

The attack happened at around 9:00 p.m. The four suspects fled the home towards The Hague, the police said. Searching officers found them on them driving on the A13 highway.

865 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam, hidden in a pineapples from Costa Rica, 30 March 2020
Mar 31 '20 13:20

Customs authorities intercepted over 2 thousand kilograms of cocaine at the port of Rotterdam in multiple discoveries on Friday and Monday, the Public Prosecutor announced. The drugs were found hidden in shipments of fruit or fruit products from Brazil and Costa Rica.

On Friday, 1,170 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in a container loaded with mangoes from Brazil. The shipment was destined for a company in Zwaag.

Camping
Mar 31 '20 12:30

Rotterdam and the province of Zeeland closed campsites and other tourist destinations to keep tourists out of these regions, in order to not put too much pressure on their healthcare systems during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam ordered campsites and permanent holiday accommodations closed on the Zuid-Holland islands, according to RTL Nieuws. Though permanent residents will still be allowed to live in their homes located on holiday destinations.

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. 

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. 

Hague police officer
Mar 29 '20 15:51

Municipal authorities across the Netherlands reported several incidents where they intervened to enforce a strict personal distance requirement and a ban on groups in public of more than two people. The strict requirements were part of a package of measures introduced by the Dutch government to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Man on an electric bike
Mar 29 '20 08:00

A growing number of bicyclists using electric-assissted pedelec models find themselves frustrated by traffic lights which will not turn green for them as they wait by themselves at stoplights. The bikes are capable of reaching speeds of up to 45 kilometers per hour, and will be allowed to move from the roads back to the bike paths in parts of Rotterdam next week.

Monument in Amsterdam featuring Major Alida Bosshardt, a well-known leader in the Salvation Army in the mid- to late-20th century
Mar 28 '20 08:00

The Salvation Army has started a campaign to bring more attention to the homeless during the time of isolation. The campaign features several homeless people while asking the Dutch public to consider how those without residences are supposed to "stay home" during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are an estimated 40 thousand homeless people in the Netherlands, double the amount ten years ago. The nonprofit organization says they provide assistance to about 15 thousand.

RAI Amsterdam
Mar 26 '20 09:29

Congress center RAI in Amsterdam and event hall Ahoy in Rotterdam are looking into whether and how they can serve as emergency locations to take in patients during the coronavirus crisis, the two venues confirmed to BNR.

RAI CEO Paul Riemens met with Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema on Wednesday. Nothing concrete has been decided yet, he said to the broadcaster. "But if indeed it turns out that there will soon be too few beds, it is expected that an appeal will be made to the RAI," he said.

Screen showing an elderly patient's vitals in hospital
Mar 23 '20 15:20

The Erasmus MC in Rotterdam is setting up a national coordination center for patient distribution and bed capacity in an empty lecture hall. The center will coordinate how many intensive care unit beds are available where for coronavirus patients. If a hospital is full, patients who can be transferred will be, Ernst Kuipers, board chairman of Erasmus MC and chairman of the National Network for Intensive Care, said to NOS.

Bruno Bruins, Mark Rutte, and Jaap van Dissel at a press conference introducing new rules regarding coronavirus.
Mar 23 '20 12:10

The Ministerial Crisis Management Committee will be meeting again on Monday evening to discuss whether any further measures need to be taken around coronavirus Covid-19. After that the safety offices of at least 25 different regions will meet in Utrecht to discuss municipal and regional measures, NOS reports.

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mar 23 '20 07:46

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam wants the government to give municipalities more resources to enforce government measures and advice against the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, he said on Nieuwsuur on Sunday. A contact ban - a prohibition on more than two people being outside together - could be on the table, the mayor said. "It would be a horrendous measure, but if these kinds of calls and measures do not work, this could come into the picture."

Police
Mar 23 '20 07:18

A man was shot on Dadeltuin in Rotterdam on Sunday evening. He was rushed to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, the police said on Twitter. Three men were arrested a short time later in connection with the shooting.

The shooting happened just after 6:00 p.m. Bystanders found the victim, a 19-year-old from the city, next to a car in a parking lot, NOS reports.

Witnesses reported a dark colored vehicle leaving the scene of the crime.

The three suspects were arrested a few streets away a short time after the shooting. They were in a car. 

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
Mar 19 '20 19:00

Police in Rotterdam said they were investigating an argument which resulted in a 25-year-old man being shot in the leg. It happened Tuesday at about 10:45 p.m. on Schoenebergerweg, and there were no suspects reported in custody two days later.

Police said they responded to reports of a brawl. Once on scene, "Officers found an injured man. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his calf," police stated.

Artist's rendition of the coronavirus
Mar 19 '20 17:20

While the province of Noord-Brabant has seen an alarming rise in coronavirus patients, which nearly quadrupled since March 12, the overall percentage of total Dutch cases resident in the province has steadily declined. As of Thursday, Noord-Brabant was home to 842 people who tested positive for coronavirus, nearly 36 percent of the Dutch total of patients for whom their residence was known.

Just one week ago, Noord-Brabant was the home province of 46 percent of the country's cases, data from public health agency RIVM showed. By March 17 that number was below 39 percent.

Coronavirus Covid-19
Mar 19 '20 14:30

Some 18 more people who tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands died since Wednesday, public health agency RIVM said. In total, 76 people who were infected have died ranging in age from 63 to 95 years old.

Another 409 people were also diagnosed as being infected with the virus, which raises the Netherlands total number of positive test cases to 2,460. To date, 489 people have required hospitalization, including at least 177 who were being treated in intensive care on Wednesday.

Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020
Mar 18 '20 14:24

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in Rotterdam, was cancelled, the broadcasters involved announced on Wednesday. The decision was made by the European Broadcasting Union, which manages the popular annual event.

"It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam," the organization said in a statement. The remarks continued to say the team was "heartbroken" that the event could not be held in May as planned.

School corridor
Mar 18 '20 06:31

The municipality of Rotterdam is presenting a plan on Wednesday to tackle the increased violence among young people in the city. Schools with many problems will get more police supervision, and the municipality will provide subsidies to train students and teaches on dealing with aggression, Trouw reports.

The plan focuses on secondary schools and secondary vocational schools. The municipality is allocating 180 thousand euros per year for the approach. 

Cocaine hidden in a sea container compartment
Mar 17 '20 18:38

Customs officials monitoring the Rotterdam Port found five different batches of cocaine from Friday to Tuesday, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said in separate statements. Over 250 kilograms of cocaine was recovered, and eight different people suspected of involvement were arrested.

Gurneys in a hospital corridor
Mar 17 '20 14:11

Another 19 people who tested positive for coronavirus died in the Netherlands since Monday, Dutch public health agency RIVM announced. It brings the total number of fatalities in the coronavirus crisis to 43.

A police dog searches for clues after a shooting in Dordrecht
Mar 17 '20 12:40

Police were still searching for two men involved in a drive-by shooting in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland on Sunday. The violent incident left a 43-year-old man and 35-year-old woman wounded.

The two were stepping into a car on Van Oldenbarneveltplein just before 9:45 p.m. when two men dressed in black riding on a scooter opened fire on the couple. Both were shot several times.

"The gunmen rode off on a scooter, leaving the victims seriously injured. There was no trace of the perpetrators," police said in a statement.

A doctor with the Dutch flag
Mar 15 '20 15:24

There were 446 known cases of residents testing positive with coronavirus in the province of Noord-Brabant, figures released by health agency RIVM showed on Sunday. The increase of 43 patients meant the province was far outpacing any of the other 11 in terms of new cases discovered. It was home to over 41 percent of all patients in the Netherlands, based on the known residences of 1,077 patients, the RIVM said.

Dierenpark Amersfoort
Mar 13 '20 17:30

Artis in Amsterdam and Ouwehands in Utrecht are all open on Friday with most of their indoor spaces closed. Public feedings, talks and presentations have been largely cancelled to prevent groups from bunching up. At Ouwehands, their indoor exhibits will close to the public beginning on Saturday, a spokesperson told NL Times.

Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020
Mar 12 '20 12:30

The Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to happen in Rotterdam in May, will not be canceled as yet, according to Rotterdam tourism alderman Said Kasmi (D66). "I think there should be an examination in mid-April about how things stand then. So we still have plenty of time," Kasmi said to newspaper AD. The Rotterdam Marathon will also happen as planned.

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