Live corona virus: Extra large terraces in The Hague even in winter

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Thursday second press conference coordination center distribution

The number of corona patients in hospitals is increasing so quickly that the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) will also hold a press conference on Thursday. Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Care, communicates from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam about the latest state of affairs. Hospitals are currently treating about 700 corona patients. By the end of the week, this will have risen to over a thousand, the LCPS fears.

Even in winter extra large terraces in The Hague

The temporary, larger terraces can also remain after 1 November. This is announced by the Hague city council. Earlier this year, The Hague already gave catering entrepreneurs more space by allowing a terrace extension of 25 percent. This temporary arrangement has now been extended until May 1, 2021. Canopies are also permitted. For example, in the autumn and winter months, catering businesses are given extra space to exploit the capacity they lose indoors as a result of the corona measures.

‘Partly thanks to the larger terraces in the summer, a large number of catering establishments in The Hague have been able to keep their income somewhat up to standard,’ explains Alderman Hilbert Bredemeijer. ‘We want to offer those extra places in the open air again next season. Hopefully the catering entrepreneurs will also succeed in hibernating with these larger terraces. ‘

Visitors to HMC are required to wear a mouth mask

Visitors to the hospitals of HMC have been obliged to wear a mouth mask since Wednesday. In doing so, the HMC is responding to Mayor Jan van Zanen’s call to also put on a face mask in public indoor spaces. Only patients admitted to a nursing ward do not need to wear a mouth mask.

Courts remain open after tightening up corona measures

The stricter corona measures have not yet affected the courts. The press and interested parties remain welcome at physical sessions on a limited scale. ‘Because all court buildings are now corona-resistant and according to the 1.5 meter standard, physical hearings in courtrooms can take place in a safe manner,’ says the Council for the Judiciary.

‘The Dutch call more often during the corona crisis’

During the corona crisis, the Dutch called more than usual, both mobile and with a landline. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) reports this on the basis of figures for the first half of the year. Recently, data usage was less than usual, probably because many people used Wi-Fi at home and needed mobile data on the road less often, according to the regulator. The number of calling minutes for mobile increased by 23 percent in the measurement period, for fixed telephony it was 19 percent. In previous years, the number of calling minutes decreased.

Great concerns among GPs about absenteeism and work pressure

GPs are very concerned about the continuity of GP care in the coming months. In addition, they are dissatisfied with the care they now provide, according to a survey among 1,600 general practitioners of the National General Practitioners Association.

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

FNV: give people with the lowest incomes free mouth masks

The FNV wants people who live at or around the minimum to receive mouth masks free of charge. The union makes this appeal in a letter to the Dutch municipalities.

‘The people with the smallest wallets are already having a hard time because of corona and cannot afford the costs for those masks,’ says Maureen van der Pligt, director of FNV Benefit Beneficiaries. ‘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.’

Shell is cutting thousands of jobs to cut costs

Oil and gas group Shell is cutting between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs. The company announced this on Wednesday morning. It is unclear how many jobs will be lost in the Netherlands. Shell’s head office is located in The Hague. In total, 83,000 people now work at the British-Dutch multinational, less than 10,000 work in the Netherlands. It is not yet clear where the jobs will disappear.

CEO Ben van Beurden announced earlier this year that a reorganization was imminent. The oil price has recently fallen sharply due to the corona crisis. As a result, the company suffers significant losses.

Retailers’ turnover a tenth higher in August

Retailers turned in 10.2 percent more in August than twelve months previously. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, this is the second strongest growth in turnover since the measurements started in 2005. Especially online sales increased strongly. Revenues from web shops were nearly 42 percent higher last month than twelve months previously.

For the first time since the sharp loss of turnover in the spring, shoe stores turned in more in August than a year earlier. Clothing stores still had to deal with a slight year-on-year decline, but it was no longer as severe as it was just after the lockdown measures were announced in March.

Red Cross to government: don’t forget the most 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. ‘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 serious circumstances without an income. ‘

For example, there are more and more people who do not have enough to eat and in some cases people have lost their home or shelter due to the crisis. They also run a higher risk of becoming victims of human trafficking or exploitation, according to the Red Cross on Wednesday.

Chamber debates with Rutte and De Jonge about new corona rules

On Wednesday, the cabinet will again debate with the House of Representatives about the developments surrounding the corona virus. This time the new measures announced last Monday are central. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and ‘corona minister’ Hugo de Jonge are facing a critical Chamber, which finds the tightened corona measures often 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.

‘Austerity package must be reversed’

The cabinet must reverse the austerity measures in the third aid package, which starts on Thursday. Trade unions FNV and CNV make this appeal in De Telegraaf. Now that the corona measures have been tightened, it is necessary, according to the unions, to expand support for entrepreneurs to prevent a battlefield of reorganisations and bankruptcies. In the reduced third support package, among other things, wage compensation for companies is reduced.

VO Council: 100,000 students at home due to coronavirus

Due to the increasing number of corona cases in schools, more and more children are sitting at home. This concerns ten percent of secondary school students, about 100,000 children, reports De Telegraaf based on the VO Council. According to the newspaper, this brings the scenario of last spring, in which all students receive home schooling, closer and closer.

Corona cases have now been diagnosed at approximately 400 schools. In addition, teachers are concerned about the fact that sniffling students up to the age of thirteen may just appear in class again, according to De Telegraaf.

Potential Moderna vaccine appears to be effective in the elderly and safe

The results of a first safety trial with a potential corona vaccine from the American pharmaceutical company Moderna look promising. The older subjects who received the vaccine produced about as many antibodies as young adults. According to researchers, the side effects are comparable to those of a flu shot.

The study has been published in the leading New England Journal of Medicine. The fact that the potential vaccine appears to have positive effects for the elderly, a particularly vulnerable group, is an important finding, according to one of the researchers, because the immune systems of seniors are often weakened.

Possible privacy error CoronaMelder not in national app

A possible privacy flaw in the corona app CoronaMelder, which is now being regionally tested, will not be in the national version when it is launched. That says the Ministry of Health, in response to reports by the Volkskrant. According to that newspaper, GGD employees could see whether infected people were using the corona app. This could potentially put them under pressure.

Soldier van Oranje is standing still due to corona infections

The musical Soldier of Orange has come to a halt again, this time due to corona infections within the cast. This confirms a spokesperson for the musical in response to reports from Shownieuws. At the beginning of September, the first performances were played again in the TheaterHangaar in Katwijk after a six-month corona stop.

About half of the cast, about fifteen people, have tested positive for the corona virus. That is why the musical has been canceled until October 4 in any case. The musical was also stopped at the beginning of March, then because of the stricter corona measures. When the musical was restarted in early September, producer Fred Boot said he was happy that the team could get back to work, even though with 300 instead of 1100 people in the room it is far from profitable.

Thirty people are allowed to attend marriage

Thirty people may still be present at a wedding ceremony. Previously there were four more. This was decided on Tuesday after consultation between the Ministry of Health and safety regions. The new measure applies throughout the country. It is not yet known whether the relaxation also applies to wedding parties. The ministry will provide further details on this on Wednesday, says a spokesman.

There was immediately a lot of confusion about the measure. For example, the measure did not apply to wedding services in churches, because there is no group limit in places of worship. The maximum group size of four did apply at the civil registry office. Many couples canceled their wedding.





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