Corona news: FNV is fed up with corona aggression in public transport, hospitals and shops


An Arriva employee (photo: ANP 2020 / Koen van Weel).

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

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  • After months of preparation and weeks of testing, everyone in the Netherlands can use the CoronaMelder app from this Saturday.
  • Economists and health experts say in De Telegraaf that they expect normal life to be resumed around the summer of 2021.
  • Trade union FNV wants people to show more respect for workers in public transport, hospitals, shops, on the street and in public spaces.
  • Read all the news about the coronavirus on our theme page.

13.04 – Staphorst church
Fewer visitors than usual are allowed to enter the Sunday services in the Restored Reformed Church in Staphorst, the church announced on the website on Saturday. Last weekend, about six hundred people attended the services each time. This caused a stir across the country. It is not clear how many people are now allowed in. It is also not known how many psalms will be sung and who exactly may sing and who cannot.

11.29 – Thirty believers per celebration
The bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands are asking parishes and religious communities to scale down to a maximum of thirty attendees at upcoming liturgical celebrations as soon as possible. Ministers and assistants are not covered, the Church announced. The existing measure not to sing together remains in force. Believers are asked to wear a mouth cap.

11.21 – ‘Antimalarial drug still has an effect on coronavirus’
The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine leads to significantly better results in corona patients in the nursing ward than previously thought. The chance of transfer to intensive care is 53 percent lower than in patients who received no treatment. This is the conclusion of researchers from the Isala Clinics in the Zwolle region after so-called national retrospective research among 1064 patients.

10.36 – Appreciation of farmers and market gardeners on the rise
The appreciation for farmers and horticulturists is on the rise, partly thanks to the corona virus. Valuation has grown in all sectors, except for pig farming. This sector is valued the same as in 2018, according to the biennial Agrifood Monitor conducted by Wageningen Economic Research. The virus has influenced how citizens have come to value basic needs such as food security and stability.

09.00 – ‘Offer people hope and structure’
Not everyone can deal with the second wave of the corona outbreak in the Netherlands with equal ease. The next few months can get really tough for some people. It is important that people keep hope, that they receive support and that they keep a structure in their day, says the Trimbos institute. Trust in the future can protect people against ‘depression, anxiety and even suicidality’.

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08.39 – Too much aggression
Trade union FNV wants people to show more respect for workers in public transport, hospitals, shops, on the street and in public spaces. There is too much aggression and employees feel increasingly unsafe, says FNV vice president Kitty de Jong. Too many people do not keep their distance and do not follow the obligation or advice to wear a mouth mask. According to De Jong, this causes stress and an unsafe working climate.

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08.12 – Concerns about the quality of long-term care
Now that the number of coronavirus infections is increasing again, more attention needs to be paid to the quality of long-term care. “The increasing numbers of infections and the lack of health personnel due to illness or quarantine can easily lead to a decline in basic care and local lockdowns,” warn seventy care experts in the manifesto published on Saturday, ‘Isolate the virus, not the people! ‘.

07.11 – Appreciation for Mark Rutte
Six out of ten Dutch people think that Mark Rutte has done well as Prime Minister over the past ten years. This is the conclusion of a study by I&O Research commissioned by Trouw among 2231 Dutch people. In March this year, 45 percent were satisfied with Rutte’s performance. Then he also scored as the best of the political leaders. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, valuation has risen thanks to his leadership during this crisis.

07.00 – Spacious enough for corona app
A good 7, that is the figure that civil rights organization Bits of Freedom would give to the CoronaMelder, which will be introduced throughout the Netherlands on Saturday. A good pass, but a pass “subject to change, because the app has to help. If it has no effect, the figure plummets”, emphasizes a spokesman.

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06.33 – Driving off costs a lot of money
The rates for obtaining the driver’s license will increase next year. Prices will go up by 5.8 percent on average. According to the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen (CBR), the increase is mainly due to the corona virus. “The corona pandemic creates additional costs to be able to safely continue services. In addition, the costs for purchasing, social security and pensions are increasing and improvements are needed in IT and housing.”

03.22 – Corona vaccine damage claims
If a corona vaccine causes unexpected side effects in the future, the Dutch government will assist financially in any damage claims. This is evident from agreements made between member states of the European Union and pharmaceutical companies, the AD writes. This includes side effects that have not come to light during the testing phase of a vaccine.

03.30 – App CoronaMelder
After months of preparation and weeks of testing, everyone in the Netherlands can use the CoronaMelder app from Saturday. This allows them to be warned if they have recently been in the vicinity of someone who has tested positive for the corona virus. Users can then go into home insulation and have themselves tested, even before they get complaints themselves. That should help to prevent the spread of the virus, is the idea.

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02.08 – ‘Sketching the perspective for 2021’
Economists and health experts expect that the coronavirus will be manageable by the summer of 2021 and normal life can be resumed. Despite the fact that we are fully in the second wave, in their view the cabinet should do better to abolish the ‘new normal’. They say that to De Telegraaf. The cabinet is now working very ad hoc, but should also outline a perspective for 2021, according to the experts.

Partying Dutch youngsters (photo: ANP 2015 / Robin Utrecht).
Partying Dutch youngsters (photo: ANP 2015 / Robin Utrecht).

00.59 – Optimism about winter season Austria
Despite the corona pandemic, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz is optimistic about the winter season for holidaymakers in his country. “Winter tourism in Austria will be organized in such a way that it takes place safely,” the politician told the German newspaper Bild.

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