Coronavirus: Leiden epidemiologist finds human behavior incomprehensible and super irritant


Leiden epidemiologist: ‘People’s behavior is incomprehensible and super-irritating’

Epidemiologist Frits Rosendaal of the Leiden University Medical Center LUMC finds it ‘incomprehensible and extremely irritating’ that despite the rising corona figures, people do not keep enough distance from each other to prevent infection. ‘In March and April people were scared and the streets empty. Then there were hardly any fallen here in the area. But now people still often pretend that nothing is wrong. ‘

It is a problem especially in the big cities, where people are closer together and there are many young people, who are now mainly spreading the virus. ‘In the spring the epidemic was mainly in the countryside, which is not so common, but that was partly due to the carnival.’

First care bonuses paid by the ministry

The Ministry of Health (VWS) has paid the first health care bonuses to health care institutions, the ministry announced on Thursday afternoon.

The care bonus of 1000 euros net per employee was transferred to more than a hundred care institutions in a week. The bonus was promised by the cabinet in June as an appreciation to all employees in the healthcare sector who delivered a special performance during the first corona wave.

For the first time more than 9000 corona cases in a day

The number of new corona cases has again risen sharply. Between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, 9283 positive tests were recorded, which is another day record. For the first time, the figure exceeds 9000 in 24 hours. On Wednesday, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reported 8757 infections. Initially there were 8,764, but that number has been adjusted.

More than 58,000 new infections have been reported in the past seven days. Since the start of the outbreak, more than 262,000 people in the Netherlands have been tested positive. The number of deaths increased by 46. That is not to say that all these people died in the last 24 hours. Such information is sometimes passed on with some delay. 59 deaths had been reported between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.

More than 2000 corona patients in hospitals

The number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals increased by 60 to 2003. Of these patients, 463 are in intensive care units, thirteen more than Wednesday. The National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) announced the latest figures on Thursday afternoon.

In the past 24 hours, 33 people with Covid-19 have been transferred. This is done to spread the pressure on the hospitals as much as possible. Especially in the Randstad, hospitals are currently treating many corona patients. Hospitals across the country are again forced to delay non-acute treatments. For example, the Haaglanden Medical Center (HMC) announced last week that 80 to 90 percent of care that does not require urgent care will be temporarily suspended.

‘We have by no means reached the end yet,’ warns Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ). He agrees with the metaphor of a tsunami, as the chairman of the Federation of Medical Specialists (FMS) recently described the state of affairs. In a normal wave the water flattens out again, in a tsunami ‘the water pressure behind it goes on and on’, says Kuipers.

Open letters mayors of Leiden and Rijswijk

The mayors of Leiden and Rijswijk have written a letter to the residents of their municipalities to encourage them.

‘We must remain alert to fellow Leiden residents who really suffer from loneliness or who cannot make it without help’, writes Mayor Henri Lenferink. ‘I am convinced that, just like in the spring, many fellow townspeople are willing to work for others and I am very proud of that.’

Mayor Bas Verkerk van Rijswijk writes that the measures have consequences for everyone. ‘That is not easy, certainly not with the festive season ahead and now that it is getting colder and darker outside. By continuing to pay attention to each other’s grief, disappointment and uncertainty, we continue to hold each other at a distance of 1.5 meters. Together we will overcome this difficult period! ‘

Christmas packages bigger in corona time: ‘Budget drinks in gift’

The Christmas packages are getting bigger and different this year. This is what Petra Batist tells of Christmas Gift. The company in Poeldijk is already busy packing the gifts. According to her, the gifts will be bigger this year than in previous years. ‘Normally companies have a barbecue in the summer or various drinks throughout the year. They often cannot continue now. We see that if companies can afford it, the budget will now go into the gift. ‘

People can also expect a different Christmas package this year. ‘There will be no trolley this year, but the emphasis is on games and puzzles. And good food is booming. Piece of cheese, good bottle of wine. That is our specialty and we are now focusing on it. ‘


PvdA: new lockdown requires crisis jobs and targeted support

The cabinet must come up with a new support plan for entrepreneurs and employees, including crisis jobs and sector-specific support. This is what opposition party PvdA is asking for, now that the Netherlands is in a new ‘partial lockdown’.

The cabinet is currently considering the option to expand the existing aid package. This package was announced at a different stage of the crisis. In order to contain the second wave, the government had to take far-reaching measures that also hit the economy hard. The catering and events sector in particular have a hard time.

The PvdA wants specific support for these sectors. These are measures that will cost approximately EUR 1 billion. In addition, the NOW wage subsidy should not be phased out: the wage allowance should remain at 90 percent after January 1, according to the PvdA.

‘Half of primary school students not motivated to work from home’

Children are less motivated to do schoolwork at home than most parents think. Eight out of ten parents think that their child will enjoy working at home, while half of the primary school students in a study say that they do not feel like doing so and three quarters of the students would rather attend school than at home.

During the lockdown, more than half of the parents saw their child’s motivation drop further. Almost two-thirds of the children also indicated this, according to the Education Monitor, a survey among 700 pupils between 8 and 12 years and a thousand parents.

Parents think differently than their children that they know what motivates them, but they don’t always think the same about it. For example, a majority believe that learning from textbooks stimulates their child, while half of the children disagree. Nine out of ten children prefer to learn through games.

‘Thousands of new catering businesses despite corona crisis’

From the start of the corona crisis in March to September, approximately 4,700 new catering outlets have been opened in the Netherlands, news channel BNR reports after an inquiry at the Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, more new cases were opened in the same period, but especially in the summer there was hardly any difference. During that period, corona measures had been relaxed and restaurants and cafes were open as usual.

Robèr Willemsen of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) tells BNR that many of the entrepreneurs had started preparations long before the outbreak of the corona virus. ‘You don’t decide now to start a catering business next month, it takes time. Many plans have already been made last year. ‘ In addition, it may play a role that the rent of many beautiful locations has fallen due to the crisis, according to Willemsen.

Temporary Lower House not corona proof

The temporary Lower House in The Hague – which has been renovated for 161 million euros – is not corona proof. The corridors are too narrow and the space around the lifts is too small to keep 1.5 meters away. That is in confidential reports in the hands of the AD.

Three external agencies have investigated whether the new location of the parliament complies with the corona rules. The criticism is devastating: the building is ‘not corona proof’, there are warnings about ‘congestion’ and ‘far-reaching measures’ are needed to open the building. The shortcomings are therefore much more serious than previously assumed.

If it is up to the cabinet, the House of Representatives will move to a temporary parliament on Bezuidenhoutseweg in The Hague next summer. The move is necessary due to the large-scale renovation of the Binnenhof. For 5.5 years, MPs have to do their work in the former office colossus, which was recently renovated for 161 million euros.

Headaches about the care bonus

The care bonus leads to worries among employers about divisions in the workplace, De Telegraaf writes. Although the Ministry of Health, in consultation with the sector, has set conditions for who is and is not eligible for the extra, employers are reluctant to apply the selection when applying. Instead, they request the bonus for all staff.

Not the intention and ‘not sensible’, according to the Ministry of Health. ‘We call on healthcare institutions to only select employees who meet the criteria.’ The ministry points out that the applications are being checked.

In addition to employers, unions are also reticent. They find the one-off amount a ‘cloth for the bleeding’, which would hinder negotiations about a higher salary. Employers have until the end of October to apply for the bonus.

Train, tram and bus will run less

The nine companies that provide public transport in the Netherlands foresee a significant decline in their services for next year. The fall in passenger revenues due to the corona crisis is causing financial problems and the need to cut costs.

The companies are now negotiating with municipalities and provinces about how much they can cut their schedules. This is evident from a tour of NRC along the companies for urban and regional transport. Discussions are still ongoing: the exact adjustments have not yet been agreed. It is clear, however, that attempts are made not to completely scrap routes.

Corona situation is ‘very serious’ in eight more regions

In addition to, among others, Hollands Midden and Haaglanden, the number of corona infections has risen so high in eight regions that the situation is now ‘very serious’. They have been given the fourth and highest risk level on the corona chart. This status applies from Wednesday in the safety regions Kennemerland, Gooi and Vechtstreek, Central and West Brabant, Brabant-North, Gelderland-Central, Gelderland-South, Twente and Limburg-North.

These eight regions now have the same risk level as Amsterdam-Amstelland, Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Haaglanden, Utrecht, Hollands-Midden, Zaanstreek-Waterland, South Holland South, and Brabant-Southeast.

The risk level also increased on Wednesday in Noord-Holland Noord and IJsselland. The situation there changed from ‘worrisome’ to ‘serious’. This status already applied in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Flevoland and North and East Gelderland. In Zeeland and South Limburg, the situation remains ‘worrying’, the second lowest risk level. No region has the lowest level, ‘watchful’.


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