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.
There was a significant increase in emergent coronavirus cases in the cities of Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, and both Maastricht and Sittard-Geleen in Limburg. Exactly 200 municipalities of 355 had at least one resident who has been diagnosed with the Covid-19 variant of the virus. The 959 patients in the Netherlands, including 12 who later died, resided in cities spread across every province in the Netherlands.
Two patients diagnosed separately with coronavirus in the Netherlands died in their hospital beds this weekend, health agency RIVM confirmed. In the past 24 hours, another 77 have tested positive for the Covid-19 strain of the virus making the country's total number of patients 265, a 41 percent increase.
The patients who passed away include an 86-year-old man who was being treated at the Bernhoven Hospital in Uden, and an 82-year-old man at the Zuyderland Medical Center in Sittard-Geleen. "The source of these patients' infection is under investigation," the RIVM stated.
Last year the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands was 2 percent lower than in 2017 and 15 percent lower than in 1990, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The Netherlands still has a long way to go to achieve its climate goal of 49 percent less emissions in 2030 compared to 1990.
Amsterdam is still the city in the Netherlands with the highest crime figures, according to newspaper AD's annual crime monitor Misdaadmeter. Neighboring municipality Diemen is catching up to the Dutch capital, moving from the 26th most unsafe municipality in 2017 to the 8th last year. Limburg counts four municipalities in the top 10 least safe, AD reports.
The municipality of Maastricht hired a detective agency to read the emails of three critical officials and question them. This happened after the leak of a report on a meeting about a joint service office for Maastricht, Heerlen and Sittard-Geleen. The report referred to the possible dismissal of the critical officials, AD reports.
Six people were arrested after an explosion at an ATM rocked Roermond just after midnight on Monday morning. Six people were arrested, all aged between 21 and 27.
Those arrested were from Amsterdam, Roermond, and Sittard-Geleen. One person was taken into custody near the blast on Hoekstraat in the immediate aftermath. Five more men were taken into custody in the nearby Limburg town of Beek.
ProRail closed the unguarded railway crossing in Geleen, Limburg, due to a number of recent near-miss incidents at the crossing. Last week the rail manager posted a video of one such near miss at this crossing online, as part of a campaign to warn against the dangers of level crossings. The video went viral, NOS reports.
On Sunday ProRail posted another near-miss video of this same crossing. Like the first video, this video shows a cyclist very nearly being hit by a train.
Three Dutch people were killed in a serious accident with a wrong-way driver on the A67 near Rüsselsheim, Germany on Saturday night. The victims are a family from Sittard, the Limburg police confirmed to newspaper AD.
Over the past five years nearly 300 libraries in the Netherlands closed their doors because of municipal budget cuts, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The library closures saved municipalities around 38 million euros, according to the newspaper.
One in eight Roosendaal residents said they experienced many problems with drug use or drug trade in their neighborhood last year - the biggest proportion of all larger municipalities in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands' Safety Monitor. The rest of the top six is made up of Limburg's four largest municipalities and Rotterdam.
Residents of the medium-sized Gelderland city of Ede are the happiest in the Netherlands, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Alphen aan den Rijn and Amstelveen follow in second and third place. People in Rotterdam are the most unhappy in the country, closely followed by Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.
Since Sittard-Geleen implemented a residents-only policy in the city's coffeeshops, Belgian drug tourists are increasingly avoiding these businesses. "The drug tourism decreased considerably", Mayor Sjraar Cox said to 1Limburg.
Amsterdam is the nicest city to live in the Netherlands and has been for the past decade, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Emmen is the worst
The municipality of Sittard-Geleen is following in Maastricht's footsteps and is banning coffeeshops from selling drugs to tourists. From April 1st only residents of the Netherlands can buy cannabis at coffeeshops in the city. Coffeeshop owner Peter Hendriks fears that this measure will mean a significant increase in the drug dealing on the city's streets
Northern Randstad cities as places to live seem to be growing in popularity compared to the rest of The Netherlands. According to the newest edition of the annual Atlas for Municipalities, presented today, Amsterdam and Utrecth are among the most attractive cities on the list.
The municipality of Sittard-Geleen sent its residents a letter with pro-EU rhetoric along with the voting cards they need to cast their ballots in the upcoming European Parliament elections, causing an outcry amongst anti-Europe politicians including Geert Wilders.