Chinese economy grows by 4.9 percent despite virus
- Despite the corona virus, the Chinese economie the third quarter of this year has grown by 4.9 percent. According to figures published on Monday, international news agencies report. That is stronger growth than the 3.2 percent increase in the second quarter. The Chinese economy, the second largest in the world, shrank by 6.8 percent in the first quarter due to the severe lockdown announced by Beijing at the beginning of this year. China is the first country that can count on economic growth again since the outbreak of the corona virus. Earlier this month, the IMF predicted that the world economy will contract by 4.4 percent in 2020.
- Germany has registered 4,325 positive corona tests in the past 24 hours, reports the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). For a second day in a row, the number of positive tests has decreased compared to the day before: 5,587 people tested positive on Sunday and 7,830 on Saturday. Whether this actually indicates fewer coronavirus infections is not clear. As in the Netherlands, reports of positive tests in Germany at the weekend can arrive with some delay. As a result, some infections may be registered later, according to the RKI.
- Of Polish government is going to set up a temporary hospital in the National Stadium in Warsaw, to ease hospital care. The Polish government announced this on Monday, international news agencies report. The temporary hospital will eventually have room for about a thousand beds and will be set up in the conference rooms of the nearly 60,000-seat football stadium. The first beds will be available later this week.
Corona adviser Fauci ‘absolutely not surprised’ about Trump’s corona contamination
Leading US corona advisor Anthony Fauci is “not at all surprised” that President Donald Trump contracted the corona virus in early October. He said this on Sunday in an interview with the American channel CBS.
Fauci refers in the interview to an event in the White House Rose Garden in September. At least 150 guests attended the presentation of Amy Coney Barrett as a candidate for Supreme Court justice. People were sitting in the open air on folding chairs close together and most of the people present did not wear a mouth mask. The virologist speaks of a “superspreader event”. “When I saw that on TV, I said, Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that, ”says Fauci.
Although Fauci has become the most visible physician in America, according to CBS, the corona advisor is not always able to communicate with the public. The White House would have limited its media appearances. “I have certainly not been allowed to perform in many shows.” His corona advice is not always in line with Trump’s course. Where the immunologist consistently stressed that people should be careful because the virus is not gone yet, the president held a campaign meeting on October 12 in front of thousands of crowded spectators. That happened a week after Trump was hospitalized with corona.
Also read: Trump attacks virus expert Fauci after his criticism of the corona approach
The number of infections in the US is increasing rapidly, reaching 8 million last weekend. More than 218,000 Americans have died from the effects of corona to date.
Last month almost 20 percent fewer burglaries due to corona measures
Since the tightening of the corona measures, the number of burglaries has been a lot lower. In the past four weeks, for example, there was 18 percent less burglary than a year earlier. This is evident from figures from the burglary barometer of insurer Interpolis. In the first week of October there was even 30 percent less burglary. Autumn is normally a period of frequent burglary.
For the whole year, Interpolis expects a third fewer burglaries than in 2019 if working from home remains the norm. Last year, a total of 31,000 burglaries took place. Because people work from home more and go on vacation less, it is more difficult for burglars to strike.
The decline of the past month is most visible in North Holland. There was 39 percent less burglary in that province than a year earlier. In the province of Utrecht, just 13 percent more burglaries. During the first wave, the number of burglaries fell by 45 percent. When measures were relaxed in the summer, the number of burglaries returned to normal levels.
Teachers’ union: tighten up measures at schools
The government must take more measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus in Dutch schools. The trade union Teachers in Action (LIA) is calling for this on Monday The Telegraph following a recent poll among 15 percent of the approximately two thousand members. Schools are currently open and students are being “urged” to wear mouth masks outside the classroom.
Almost 80 percent of the surveyed teachers are concerned about the increasing number of infections among students and teachers. Three quarters stated that they wanted the government to introduce stricter policy in schools. For example, “by working with half groups, so that both teachers and children can keep their distance from each other,” says LIA chairman Peter Althuizen. The Telegraph. 55 percent of the teachers surveyed would no longer want to teach full classes. A fifth wants students to wear masks at school.
According to Althuizen, the cabinet does not want to take the measure to introduce half classes, because “the school has become a kind of shelter for children of working parents”. As a result, lecturers run a greater risk of infection, says Althuizen. “I sometimes think: do they only take action when the first teacher dies from corona?”
Minister Arie Slob (Primary and Secondary Education, ChristenUnie) informs the newspaper that he does not want to introduce smaller classes. “It is very important that children are taught at school as much as possible. According to the OMT that is also justified. ” It is, however, necessary that the ‘ground rules are carefully observed’, such as staying home with complaints and that pupils keep their distance from the teacher.
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Food banks: shortages threaten now supermarkets contribute less
The food banks foresee that the number of customers due to the corona virus will increase sharply, but they do not have enough food to help everyone. This is what the chairman of Food Banks Netherlands Leo Wijnbelt warned this morning on NPO Radio 1. This is because the supermarkets have set up a new system that allows products to be sold at a discount by the end of the use-by date. As a result, they are no longer brought to the food banks.
The food banks receive about half of the food from national organizations. The other half comes from local supermarkets. The latter flow is expected to decline sharply, because the shops have less leftover, say the food banks. According to Wijnbelt, the impact will differ per region, but it means that 30 to 80 percent less food will be available. This mainly concerns healthier, fresh products such as fruit and vegetables.
The reduced food supply coincides with the corona crisis, which has already led to 8 percent more customers at the food banks. The number of customers is expected to change half-fold in the coming year. Wijnbelt says that it can still cope with that increase financially and in terms of manpower, but that it has ‘much, much too little food’. He sees a possible solution in the European food aid program that has existed for a long time but has not been used by the Netherlands. “The Hague has always distanced itself from the fact that 100,000 people are hungry. I think they are ashamed of that. It is of course a shame that people in a rich country like the Netherlands are so hungry. ”
Wijnbelt wants to consult with the cabinet to find a solution. Alternatively, the food banks should refuse the new corona arms. “Then there will be tens of thousands of people who are just hungry with their families. We don’t know what to do with those people. But we can’t. ”
The last news
In this blog likes NRC Monday the most important news events surrounding the corona crisis. These were the highlights of Sunday:
- Elderly care is sounding the alarm about a lack of staff: ‘The shelf is out’. In some home and nursing care locations, absenteeism rates would be nearly 50 percent.
- Rutte about holiday king: ‘I made a wrong assessment’
- On Schiermonnikoog a person has been positively testedt on the corona virus. Schiermonnikoog was the only Dutch municipality where no corona infection had been reported since the outbreak of the virus.
- In total there were Sunday 1,652 corona patients in Dutch hospitals. 8,184 new positive corona tests were also reported to RIVM.
- Of Prague police deployed tear gas and a water cannon on Sunday afternoon against hundreds of wanton protesters protesting the corona measures.
Read Sunday’s blog here
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