The latest news about the corona virus in the Netherlands from 30-09-2020

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The corona virus is making a comeback. The number of infections is increasing rapidly, more and more patients are being placed on IC’s and hospitals have started to distribute patients again. Follow the latest news about the corona virus in the Netherlands from Wednesday 30 September here.

– Number of new confirmed corona infections: 3.011
– Number of people who tested positive for virus since the corona crisis: 117.551
– Current number of corona patients in the hospital: 693
– Number of corona patients admitted to hospital since the corona crisis: 12.664
– Current number of corona patients in intensive care: 142
– Number of deaths reported to date: 6.380 in total
– Check the number of corona infections in your municipality here

Update 06:40: VO Council: 100,000 students at home due to corona virus

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. De Telegraaf reports this on the basis of 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 13 will be allowed to return to class.

Especially the schools in the big cities are hard hit by the virus. According to the Schools Reporting Point, which registers corona cases in the classroom, there are 23 institutions in The Hague. The number of schools with corona cases is also increasing rapidly in Amsterdam (20) and Groningen (17). “We receive so many reports that it is almost impossible to keep track of it,” says a spokesperson for the platform.

Update 06:21: 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. The opposition thinks the tightened corona measures are often too late or insufficient.

On Monday, the cabinet announced that the catering industry throughout the Netherlands will close at 10 p.m., no public will be admitted to sports matches for both amateurs and professionals and that shop visitors in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are advised to wear a face mask. Retailers may pursue door policies to enforce the latter measure.

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.

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.

Update 06:05: ‘Conservation support package must be reversed’

The cabinet must reverse the austerity measures in the third aid package. 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, which will take effect on Thursday, the wage compensation for companies will be lowered, among other things. The unions fear an acceleration of layoffs and reorganisations.

“We would consider it a sensible policy if the cabinet allowed the second support package to continue for longer,” says Zakaria Boufangacha, collective labor agreement coordinator of the FNV trade union. “This is a matter of timing”, says CNV chairman Piet Fortuin. “And extra strict measures against corona and phasing out the support will inevitably lead to job losses.”

Update 05:54: 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 the newspaper, GGD employees could see whether infected people were actually using the corona app. This could potentially put them under pressure.

GGD employees could see a green tick if infected people shared a warning message via the app with their close contacts. This allowed them to reassure users that the sending was successful. Some users were unsure of this due to translation issues in some operating systems. According to a spokesperson, it has always been the intention to delete that functionality in the national version.

About 1.2 million people have now downloaded the app, but it can now only be used in five regions on a trial basis. According to the ministry, reports have now been made sixty times via the app. The Senate is expected to consider the law that makes the app possible on 6 October.

Update 05:41: Soldier of Orange is stopped due to corona infections

A big setback for the production and visitors of Soldaat van Oranje. Due to corona infections within the cast, production has been halted for a week.

Fred Boot, the producer of the popular musical, leaves on Show news know that about half of the cast, about 15 men, has tested positive for the corona virus. In consultation with the GGD it has been decided that the musical will not be played until Sunday 4 October. All visitors have now personally received a message about the development.

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