The number of corona infections continues to fluctuate. Strict measures are still in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
In this live blog you follow the most important news facts and other events about the corona crisis:
21:15 – Shops close earlier on Sundays as well
Retailers in the center of Rotterdam, Alexandrium and on the Zuidplein have to close their doors on Sunday at 5 p.m., just like Saturday. The municipality of Rotterdam has decided to do so after it became too busy in those places on both Friday and Saturday and people could not keep sufficient distance from each other. Even then, shops had to close prematurely.
In a message on Twitter, the municipality calls on people to shop locally online as much as possible. If they do need something from a store, they should come alone and if it is too busy come back at a quieter time.
On Saturday afternoon, the shops were not only closed earlier in Rotterdam. In Eindhoven and Dordrecht, the mayors decided to take similar measures because too many people were out and about in the shopping areas.
17:40 – ‘Cross thinkers’ denounce corona measures on the German-Polish border
Hundreds of protesters from Germany and Poland protested against the corona measures in the border town of Frankfurt an der Oder on Saturday. About 1,500 demonstrators gathered there, watched by a large police force.
The demonstration was organized by the Querdenken action group (Dwarsdenken), which opposes restrictive measures due to the corona virus and calls for ‘freedom.’ On stage, the organizers crowded together and many did not wear face masks, despite demands from the police to respect the measures in force.
Protesters from neighboring Poland joined the rally and waved Polish flags. In Slubice, on the Polish side of the border, only four demonstrations with a maximum of five participants were allowed.
2:16 PM – About 1,300 fewer corona infections reported, also fewer corona patients in hospitals
The daily number of corona cases has fallen by nearly 1,300. 4,499 positive tests were reported to the RIVM between Friday and Saturday morning. On Friday, the institute reported (after correction) 5,781 cases, a significant increase compared to Thursday (about 4,500). The number of deaths has not yet been released on Saturday afternoon. On Friday, that number increased by 84.
The hospitals also treat fewer corona patients than on Friday. Currently, 1,711 people are in a hospital because of an infection. There are 58 fewer patients than on Friday, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). In intensive care, 511 people with the coronavirus are now among the victims, against 518 a day earlier.
14:00 – Bustle in inner cities
In the centre of Rotterdam the shops have to close their doors on Saturday at 5 p.m. and no more customers are allowed in. The shops must close completely from 6 p.m. Eindhoven also keeps an eye on the shopping crowds. Mayor John Jorritsma (VVD) van Eindhoven threatens to close shops in the city if it gets too busy. The municipality Amsterdam reports that it is too busy in the shopping area in the city center around 1:30 pm. That is why, just like Friday, there is one-way traffic for pedestrians in the Kalverstraat.
10:50 – Police end party in The Hague
An illegal corona party in The Hague has been brought to an early end by the police. He received reports of noise nuisance. The party was in an apartment. The windows were covered with black paper. When the doorbell did not open, the police raided. Partygoers turned against the police: a police officer was hit and one police car was damaged.
8:41 – KNVB wants an audience at football matches again
After several catering businesses, who threaten to open on January 17, the opposition to the corona measures is also louder from the KNVB. They insist on a rapid return of the public to the football stadiums.
According to the KNVB, the matches with the public at the start of the season did not lead to problems and as far as is known no one was infected in a stadium. The KNVB fears that clubs will fall if the current situation of playing football without an audience lasts even longer.
8:24 – RIVM: second wave may not be over until March
Two weeks ago the RIVM thought that we would be back to the level of this summer in January. But now head of infectious disease control Jaap van Dissel and Jacco Wallinga, responsible for the calculation models, are more gloomy. At this rate, it could well be March before the second wave is over, they tell the NOS.
They no longer see many buttons for the government to turn. Citizens should feel more ‘co-owners of the corona spread problem’, according to the RIVM staff.
7:31 – Figures in Belgium are falling
A decline also appears to be continuing in Belgium. An average of 245 patients were hospitalized every day from 21 to 27 November. That is a decrease of 29 percent from the week before. Earlier figures showed that the number of infections had decreased by 36 percent (from 18 to 24 November). In the same week, our neighboring country saw the number of people dying from the coronavirus drop by 20 percent, compared to the week before.
7:21 – Infections in Germany are slightly down
The number of new corona infections in Germany in the last 24 hours is somewhat lower than in the previous days, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of RIVM.
The RKI reports 21,695 infections on Saturday against 22,805 new cases a day earlier. On Thursday, 22,268 new infections were registered. In the past 24 hours, 379 people in Germany died from Covid-19. That’s 47 fewer than the day before, when 426 were killed. The total official death toll from the lung virus in Germany so far stands at 15,965.
7:13 – ‘Catering only open if the pandemic allows it’
Prime Minister Mark Rutte says that the catering industry can only open when the pandemic situation allows it. He said this in response to the ultimatum from part of the hospitality industry. A number of entrepreneurs threaten to open on January 17. Departments in Limburg are also joining the catering industry uprising. Read more here.