Latest news about the corona virus 22-10-2020


The second corona wave does not stop yet. The number of infections continues to increase rapidly and the hospitals are increasingly full of corona patients. In the meantime, the Netherlands is in ‘partial lockdown’. Follow the latest news here.

– Number of new confirmed corona infections on Wednesday: 8.764, there are 589 more than Tuesday
– Current number of corona patients in hospital on Wednesday: 1.943, there are 84 more than Tuesday
– Current number of corona patients in intensive care on Wednesday: 450, there are 31 more than Tuesday
– Number of deaths reported to date: 6.873
– Check the number of corona infections in your municipality here

Update 07:29 – Already corona detected on 68 mink farms

Corona infections have been detected at a mink farm in Meerlo in Limburg (municipality of Horst aan de Maas). The farm has 7000 mother animals. All minks are killed. The company in Meerlo is already the 68th mink company where the virus was discovered.

At the end of August, it was announced that Minister Carola Schouten (Agriculture) has decided that mink farming should stop on March 1 next year, three years ahead of schedule. A quit scheme has been set up, which in practice amounts to a compensation of 1.5 million for each breeder who now closes his company. The scheme is not undisputed. The petition ‘Do me only a million’ has now been signed almost 19,000 times.

Also read: Cabinet puts an end to mink farming

The Netherlands has 160 mink farms according to the Dutch Federation of Nobel Animal Keepers (NFE). The animals are bred for their fur. According to the NFE, between 10 to 40 mink pelts go into a fur coat.

Update 03:34 – Temporary House of Representatives of 161 million euros 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.

Update 03:30 – Kuipers updates the Netherlands about the number of admissions to corona patients

Chairman Ernst Kuipers of the National Network Acute Care will give a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in which he will give the latest state of affairs on the number of hospital admissions in the Netherlands and the possible transfer of Dutch corona patients to hospitals in Germany.

According to the latest figures, hospitals are treating a total of 1943 people on Wednesday because of an infection with the corona virus. There are 1,493 corona patients on nursing wards, 53 more than the day before. The number of patients in intensive care increased to 450, 31 more than the previous 24 hours.

The possibility of transfer was suggested by Kuipers last week, but this was not necessary until Thursday and as far as is known there are no Dutch people in German hospitals with Covid-19.

“The number of Covid patients continues to increase. This follows the continuous increase in the number of infections. IC admissions are currently increasing proportionally faster than clinical admissions. In the past seven days, the number of IC admissions has increased by 50 percent and the number of clinical admissions by 27 percent, ”says Kuipers.

It is expected that by the end of October 2000 corona patients will be in a nursing ward and about 500 in an intensive care unit.

Update 00:30 – 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.

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