Corona news: churches voluntarily back to thirty people per service

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A mass in the Sint-Jan in Den Bosch (photo: ANP)

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

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  • The Dutch churches will voluntarily go back to thirty people per service, there will also be no more singing together.
  • Due to the corona crisis, the Vakantiebeurs will move once from January to April 8 to April 11 next year.
  • It is not yet clear whether the tuberculosis vaccine BCG is a useful weapon against the coronavirus, as researchers hope.
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12.28 – No homeschooling
Nearly one in five primary schools (18 percent) does not arrange home education if a student has to stay at home because of the corona virus, according to a poll by the General Association of School Leaders (AVS) among 643 school directors. According to the umbrella organization, this is due to a lack of manpower.

12.11 – Carnival Asten
This carnival season will also look different in Asten than usual, due to the corona virus. No highs will be elected and no processions or major events will be organized. Carnival associations unanimously agree that the health of everyone should be paramount at all times. They ‘look with positive energy to see whether alternatives can be devised’.
11.54 – Holiday fair rescheduled
The Vakantiebeurs, the event to inform people about their holiday plans, will move once next year from January to 8 to 11 April. This is in consultation with the travel sector because of the expectation that consumers will also plan their holidays later than usual in 2021 due to the corona virus, the organization reports.

11:46 – Fewer people in the church
The Dutch churches are voluntarily going back to thirty people per service. There will also no longer be sung together. Minister Ferd Grapperhaus announced this on Monday after he had consulted with the Inter-Church Contact in Government Affairs. This weekend, outrage arose after it became known that the Restored Reformed Church in Staphorst held three services with six hundred attendees each. Without masks and with harmony vocals.

11.45 – Little effect of corona on store visits
The fact that the number of corona infections is rising sharply again does not seem to have any effect on visits to shops for the time being. Since the tightened corona measures at the end of September, the traffic in the shopping streets has decreased by 1.9 percent compared to a week earlier. This is the conclusion of researchers at Bureau RMC.

People shopping in corona time (photo: ANP).
People shopping in corona time (photo: ANP).

11.15 – TB vaccine
It is not yet clear whether the tuberculosis vaccine BCG is a useful weapon against the coronavirus, as researchers hope. The Health Council has listed the scientific knowledge about the possible influence of the TB vaccine on the corona virus and has concluded that much is still unclear. Even about safety. That is why the Council advises the cabinet not to take any further steps for the time being with the use of the TB vaccine against corona and to await the outcome of current research.

11.00 – Coronavirus in mammals
Humans are by no means the only mammal that can become infected with the corona virus. Dozens of mammal species are also susceptible to the virus. The virus can enter sheep, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos just as it does in humans, according to research from University College London. Cats, dogs, lions, tigers, ferrets and macaques can also become infected. This can be a danger, because the virus can slumber invisibly in the animals until it spreads to humans and unexpectedly starts a new wave. Birds, fish and reptiles have little to fear from the corona virus, according to the researchers.

10.13 – Shop locally
Seven in ten Dutch people shop more often at local entrepreneurs than a year ago. Payment technology company Mastercard reports this on the basis of research. This is comparable to the rest of Europe, as 74 percent of Europeans visit the local retailer more often. Since the outbreak of the corona virus, many Dutch people (76 percent) have more sympathy for the neighborhood and local shops. Partly because of the convenience and travel restrictions.

09.11 – Everyone wants a ‘smart home’
Smart applications for the home are unavailable as a result of the corona crisis. Market researcher GfK reports that Dutch households have invested heavily this year in things such as routers and WiFi signal amplifiers. Many people invest in a ‘smart house’. In such a house, devices can be controlled remotely. This concerns, for example, the thermostat, the air quality, the lamps and security cameras. With a smart doorbell, residents can remotely see who is at the door.

07.31 – ‘Export shows little recovery’
Entrepreneurs saw the recovery in exports stagnate in September, where in the months before there had been gradual improvement after the corona blow in April and May, the entrepreneurial organization evofenedex reports based on monthly figures. More than half of the companies in the Netherlands are experiencing a negative impact from the corona crisis.

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04.01 – Hospitality infiltration
Catering entrepreneurs who run into financial difficulties due to the corona crisis are vulnerable to criminals who use the dire position of the operators to launder money. That reports De Telegraaf. The criminals offer financial support, but infiltrate the company. With the second wave, it is all hands on deck, warns the Crime Control Platform. A social media campaign has been launched to warn entrepreneurs.

03.30 – Security meeting
The 25 mayors who together form the Security Council will meet again on Monday evening. The agenda includes masks and their effects. A week ago, the mandatory mouth protection caused a lot of discussion among the mayors. Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Security) joins the meeting.

03.30 – Mouth masks for high school students
High school students will be urged to wear a mouth mask outside of classes starting this Monday. The Ministry of Education decided that last week, after consultation with the VO council. Students are allowed to remove the mouth mask as soon as they are in the classroom. It is also desirable for students to wear a mouth mask during practical lessons if they cannot keep a meter and a half away from the teacher.

High school students with a mouth mask (photo: ANP).
High school students with a mouth mask (photo: ANP).

03.30 – Press conference on hospital overload
Hospitals are overloaded by the influx of corona patients. Several hospitals are reducing regular care and for example scrapping operations. On Monday, Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Acute Care Network, will tell about the latest state of affairs in hospitals during a press conference. He tells, among other things, how many corona patients are in intensive care and nursing wards, how many other patients are treated in an intensive care unit and how many corona patients have been moved to hospitals in other parts of the country.

03.30 – Elderly hours in supermarkets
As of this Monday, supermarkets will be open for two hours a weekday exclusively for the elderly and vulnerable groups. In doing so, they are following the duty imposed by the cabinet, reports the Central Bureau for Food Trade. The CBL believes that the cabinet has ‘hastily decided to make special opening hours mandatory for every supermarket, also in neighborhoods where relatively few elderly and vulnerable people live’.

01.22 – Companies a little more self-confident
The number of entrepreneurs who are confident that they will still exist in a year’s time has increased slightly between June and September in almost all sectors of non-financial business, reports the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The use of self-employed workers, temporary workers and flexible workers has decreased in all sectors. The corona crisis has led to relatively little redundancy of our own staff.

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01.22 – Complications of corona patients
Nearly twelve percent of corona patients who end up in hospital have heart problems during admission. About seven percent of these critically ill patients develop a pulmonary embolism. This is stated in a study among 3011 corona patients. The Heart Foundation supported that study. Almost all patients were in Dutch hospitals. Almost a third of the patients already had cardiovascular disease before admission to hospital.

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