Corona news: critical Chamber debates new measures

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In this live blog, we will keep you informed of the latest news about the corona crisis in Brabant and beyond on Wednesday.

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  • The Chamber will debate on Wednesday about the new corona measures.
  • Many politicians consider the tightened measures too late or insufficient.
  • GPs are dissatisfied with the care they (can) provide since corona.
  • Shell is cutting thousands of jobs because of the corona crisis.
  • Read all the news about the coronavirus on our theme page.

09.02 GPs are dissatisfied with the care
GPs are dissatisfied with the care they (can) provide since the outbreak of the corona virus. This is evident from a poll among 1600 general practitioners of the National General Practitioners Association (LHV).

“Concerns about vulnerable patients, the increasing workload, the own team and dropout due to cold symptoms are the order of the day. Together we must ensure that GP practices remain upright and can continue to provide both normal and corona care as much as possible,” said the LHV.

GPs are particularly concerned about the consequences for vulnerable groups. People were not allowed or could not come to the practice, so they did not always remain in sight.

08.51 ‘Not moderate corona support’
The cabinet must reverse the austerity measures in the third aid package. Now that the corona measures have been tightened up, it is necessary to expand the support for entrepreneurs to avoid a battlefield of reorganisations and bankruptcies. That is what trade unions FNV and CNV say in De Telegraaf.

The third support package, which will take effect on Thursday, will, among other things, reduce wage compensation for companies. The dismissal fine that still existed for employers who are going to reorganize without consultation with trade unions will also be scrapped. In addition, the third package explicitly provides room for staff wage sacrifices. The unions fear an acceleration of layoffs and reorganisations.

08.45 ‘Free mouth masks for minima’
FNV advocates free face masks for people who have to live on a low income. The union will send this a letter to the Dutch municipalities.

“The people with the smallest wallets are already having a hard time because of corona and can not afford the costs for those masks,” says Maureen van der Pligt, director of FNV Benefit Beneficiaries, against the ANP. “Especially now that in some cities and regions you are being urged to wear a face mask and shops can refuse you if you don’t.”

The trade union asks municipalities to pay for the masks from the special assistance or with a general temporary measure.

08.40 Shell and BAM will cut jobs
Shell will cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs due to the corona crisis. The oil and gas concern does this to save costs.

The job losses will occur in the period up to the end of 2022 and should lead to cost savings of 2 billion to 2.5 billion dollars per year. The number of jobs that Shell is cutting also includes approximately 1,500 employees who are leaving the company voluntarily this year.

Construction group BAM is also going to cut jobs due to the corona crisis. The company has announced a major reorganization, but is still discussing the exact number of jobs in consultation with works councils and unions. It is expected that this will involve hundreds of jobs.

07.08 ‘Don’t lose sight of the vulnerable’
During the second corona wave, the government must not lose sight of the most vulnerable people in providing aid and developing support measures. The Red Cross is making that call on Wednesday, the ANP reports.

According to the organization, more and more people need help. “Not everyone who loses their job or is temporarily unable to work is now entitled to government support. Some of them, such as seasonal workers and cleaners who do informal work, quickly find themselves in dire circumstances without income.” Informal work is work that is not registered with the tax authorities.

06.54 Parliamentary debate on new measures
The House of Representatives will debate the new corona measures on Wednesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge are confronted with critical politicians, who consider the tightened measures too late or insufficient.

SP party chairman Lilian Marijnissen is ‘very concerned’ about the effectiveness of the measures. She also wonders whether it is not better to introduce guidelines, such as the mouth masks advice, nationally instead of regionally. The PvdA and GroenLinks agree with this. Rob Jetten, leader of coalition party D66, also finds the difference in measures difficult to understand, he told Nieuwsuur on Tuesday.

PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher believes that ‘precious time’ has been lost in recent weeks. He thinks this is a shock for many people, after the ‘soothing words of the cabinet recently’.

GroenLinks wants to know why the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) was no longer listened to. It was prepared to go further than the cabinet eventually went, including by imposing a curfew. De Volkskrant reported on Tuesday that part of the OMT feels sidelined by politics. De Jonge wrote to the House on Tuesday that there may be a curfew if the growth in the number of corona infections does not decrease.

06.17 Working from home compulsory on Bonaire
Bonaire makes working from home mandatory where possible. That is part of a new package of corona measures that Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna has announced.

Bonaire introduced a slight lockdown on September 21. There were 27 infections at that time. Now there are 77. According to Rijna, analysis shows that most infections take place at home or at work.

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