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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.

Hague police officer
Mar 12 '20 07:29

Amsterdam and Rotterdam saw a major increase in the number of minors involved in incidents with weapons over the past years. The number of stabbings in Rotterdam involving underage victims and suspects doubled last year. And the number of underage suspects in weapon incidents in Amsterdam increased by 50 percent since 2017, NOS reports based on figures from the local police stations.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
Mar 11 '20 17:39

Police say a terrifying home invasion robbery in Rotterdam left a young mother fearing for her life and the life of her young daughter. The two were tied up and held at gunpoint by two unknown assailants speaking to each other in Papiamento.

It happened Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m. on the Zevenkampse Ring. The 24-year-old woman was leaving with her two-year-old girl when she was pushed back into her home by one of the robbers. He was then assisted by his partner.

The Rotterdam skyline
Mar 11 '20 08:33

The national association for the hospitality industry in the Netherlands KHN is concerned about the impact the coronavirus Covid-19 is having. The number of cancellations is increasing nationwide, and the occupancy rate of hotels is falling. "There is no panic in the hotel industry, but there are hot pockets: Noord-Brabant, Rotterdam and Amsterdam are having a harder time," KHN director Dirk Beljaarts said to NOS. 

An array of weaponry collected by Rotterdam district police during an amnesty period in early 2019
Mar 10 '20 11:50

Despite the success of a 2019 weapons collections program, where anyone with armaments can dispose of them no questions asked, authorities say they have no plans to roll out a nationwide version of the event, sources told broadcaster NOS.

A local version organized in Rotterdam last January and February was considered a success, with over 260 weapons and 650 kilograms of ammunition collected. The weapons included 60 firearms, 43 knives, and various other items like Samurai-style swords and brass knuckles, police said at the time.

Firefighters
Mar 9 '20 11:50

A major fire in a snack bar in Rotterdam prompted the evacuation of 16 buildings and at least 50 people in Rotterdam West on Sunday evening. Four people were treated for smoke inhalation, one of whom had to go to hospital, RTV Rijnmond reports.

The fire department responded to reports of a fire in the snack bar on Schiedamseweg at around 8:00 p.m. Extinguishing the fire was a complicated task, given that the snack bar is surrounded by other buildings. 

Dr. Milly Haverkort, an infectious diseases and internal medicine specialist, demonstrates a coronavirus exam at the GGD Kennemerland. February 2020.
Mar 8 '20 15:45

There was a massive jump in positive coronavirus tests since Saturday afternoon among people living in Breda, according to statistics provided by health agency RIVM. The city is now home to 16 people with the new strain of the virus, out of 90 across the Noord-Brabant province.

Breda is now the city in the Netherlands with the most positive cases, followed by Rotterdam with 14, Houten and Utrecht with 13 each, and Tilburg with 12. There were six people being treated in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

Stock image of a "Dutch" stethoscope
Mar 7 '20 16:57

A new dataset released by health authority RIVM showed that a plurality of those who tested positive for coronavirus live in Noord-Brabant. Overall, some 57 of the country's 188 patients, a little over 30 percent, reside in the southern province.

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