In this live blog we will keep you informed on Thursday about all events surrounding the corona crisis in Brabant.
The main topics:
- Research shows that online education did not appeal to students.
- RIVM thinks that mask masks are unnecessary: ” Keeping your distance and avoiding crowds remains the most important ”.
- Retailers support a possible mouth mask obligation.
- RIVM reported 987 new infections in one week on Tuesday, against 534 last week.
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The fairs in the municipality of Boxmeer are definitely canceled. These are the fairgrounds in Sambeek, Vierlingsbeek, Overloon and Oeffelt. “The rising numbers of corona infections and the advice and guidelines issued by the National Government and the Safety Region on this were the deciding factor,” says the municipality.
Mayor Paul Depla van Breda wants to clarify the question of which course should be taken in the future when the corona virus is contained: keep mouth masks or a meter and a half away. He advocates independent scientific research. Otherwise, Depla fears abuse of the discussion about mouth masks to put the need for distance into perspective.
Depla responds on Thursday to the discussion about whether or not to wear mouth masks. According to Depla, the cabinet should, if necessary, fly in foreign experts to give a definitive answer to the question of what is better. “In any case, don’t let the answer become an ideology,” he said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague has received many questions in recent days about the tightened travel advice for Croatia. Among other vacationers who left for this country when the travel advice was still yellow, say they get into trouble. But by following this tightened advice, they really contribute to preventing new infections in the Netherlands, according to the ministry.
Because there are health risks when traveling to or returning from a country that has an orange travel advice, the ministry advises people to go to home quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the corona virus in the Netherlands.
The Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) is positive about a possible mouth mask obligation in the catering industry. That says Dirk Beljaarts, director of KHN, to Hart van Nederland. This is in response to the news that face masks will be mandatory in Belgium from Saturday onwards, including in the catering industry.
Airline KLM will add destinations again in the coming months. Until October, the number of European destinations will increase by 19 to 92. The number of intercontinental destinations will increase from 51 this month to 59 in August and 61 in September. The number of destinations that KLM then offers is almost equal to the offer for the corona outbreak. However, the number of flights is far behind last year.
The number of corona patients in nursing wards has risen from 85 to 91. This is the highest number in just over a week. The number of hospital admissions is still stable, but if the number of infections increases, the number of admissions will probably also increase in the next two weeks.
“If we manage to curb the current trend in the number of new infections, this increase in the number of hospital admissions will remain limited,” says Ernst Kuipers of the Landelijk Netwerk Acute Zorg.
The number of corona patients in the intensive care units fell from 17 to 15 on Thursday. Hospitals therefore treat a total of 106 corona patients, 4 more than on Wednesday. That is also the highest number in just over a week.
The fair in Weert, the largest in Limburg, is canceled. The municipality decided on Thursday. According to the mayor and his aldermen, it is not possible to maintain the 1.5 meter distance.
To come to this decision, the municipality looked at a fair in Tilburg. There they saw how difficult it is to check visitors on the 1.5 meter rule.
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Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KNH) will once again enter into discussions with the Dutch government. KHN had filed a lawsuit against the government about the corona measures that apply in the catering industry, but that has now been held until the beginning of August.
Partly at the insistence of the judge, the parties enter into talks again. In any case, the requirement to keep 1.5 meters away from others cannot be disputed, said the lawyer on behalf of the State. The catering entrepreneurs want to get rid of the 1.5 meter measures.
The municipality of Breda calls on all visitors to the city center to adhere to the corona measures. The catering industry of Breda also appeals to their guests. It is sometimes difficult for staff to point out corona rules to guests. Especially when people drink alcohol, they don’t stick to the 1.5 meter rules.
If wearing a mask in shops will also become mandatory, retailers will be okay with that. Detailhandel Nederland is an umbrella organization for retailers and states that retailers want to contribute to the fight against the corona virus.
However, a spokesperson said that the employees will not play for enforcement. “It should be very clear that wearing a mouth mask is the responsibility of the individual and not the retailer.”
Several parties in the House want an investigation into the use of mouth masks. They want to see the effect of the wider use of the mouth caps, for example in the catering industry.
RIVM maintains its position: the use of face masks in public space has not been proven. A spokeswoman said that keeping the distance and avoiding crowds is the most important thing.
“Non-medical mouth masks often offer little protection against contamination and are often not used properly.” In many other countries, face masks are required in public places. According to RIVM ‘you are sending the wrong message with that’.
According to De Nederlandsche Bank, there is much less counterfeit bills in circulation. During the peak of the lockdown, the amount of counterfeit notes fell by 47 percent. This is because the lockdown measures meant that less was paid at the checkout and people chose cash payments less often.
Chairperson Hubert Bruls of the Safety Council is not in favor of a mouth mask obligation in the Netherlands. “How clean are mouth masks and how safe are they really?” Bruls wonders. “And there is no scientifically convincing story yet that it really helps.”
Bruls also thinks that making mouth masks mandatory will cause a lot of chaos in the short term. “Everything can be maintained, but then you have to give it time.”
To date, five hundred people have filed a complaint about the masking mask obligation in public transport at a special reporting point of the Rover travel association. More than four in ten people say they are against a mask. A quarter of people complained that fellow travelers do not wear a mask or in the right way. According to Rover, this last report has increased significantly recently.
The reporting point ‘Corona and public transport’ started on June 2.
Travel organizations are in trouble now that customers are not using their travel vouchers. That reports BNR Nieuwsradio. According to the radio station, 1 in 7 holidaymakers has used their voucher.
If that trend continues, travel organizations will get tough. Those who do not use the voucher will get their money back. Many travel organizations cannot simply repay all that money.
Research by the company Qompas shows that a large proportion of high school students are not fans of online education. During the corona crisis, the majority of students received online lessons.
Children indicated that they found the lessons not motivating and that they quickly became distracted. Many students also missed their classmates during the online lessons.
Veghel wholesaler Sligro made a substantial loss in the first half of 2020. In March, turnover even fell by more than half. Because many catering establishments had to close their doors in March, the wholesaler lost a large part of their customers.
In-store prices will rise slightly faster than contract wages next year. That is what the economic office of ABN AMRO predicts on Thursday, NRC reports.
The bank expects consumer prices to rise by 1.4 percent next year, while wages in collective labor agreements (collective labor agreements) will increase slightly less sharply: by 1.3 percent. This year, ABN AMRO foresees a purchasing power plus, with a price increase of 1.1 percent and a collective wage increase of 2.7 percent. This higher wage growth is mainly due to agreements made by employers and unions before the corona crisis.
The summary proceedings that Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) has brought against the Dutch government will start on Thursday at 11.00 am in the court in The Hague. In this way, the catering industry wants to force the government to relax the corona measures in the catering industry. According to KHN, the measures that currently apply in the catering industry are much stricter than necessary and the industry therefore wants to relax as quickly as possible.
The Tilburg Fair has received a lot of criticism in recent days. It would be too busy and people would not keep enough distance. “Judge for yourself,” says Tim Segers. The Tilburg security advisor points around him with a broad arm gesture. “The crowds at the fair are no different than in an average shopping street.” According to him, every effort has been made to counter the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
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