In this live blog, we will keep you informed about the most important news about the corona crisis on Friday.
- In the past 24 hours, 519 people across the Netherlands have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- In Bergen op Zoom, fifteen infections were added, in Breda the counter has reached ten in the past 24 hours.
- The press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and ‘corona minister’ Hugo de Jonge was seen by more than 3.5 million people on Thursday evening.
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The infections in West Brabant are still increasing. In Bergen op Zoom, fifteen infections were added, in Breda the counter has reached ten in the past 24 hours. In the past 24 hours, 519 people across the Netherlands have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is 82 less than Thursday. At that time, this number was 601. This is evident from the corona dashboard of the national government. The number of hospital admissions has increased by four throughout the Netherlands and the number of deaths by four.
Mayor Depla’s wish to keep people from orange areas, such as Antwerp, out of Breda, is not legally feasible. That is what Professor of Law and Society Jan Brouwer says. On Thursday, Depla suggested against Omroep Brabant to keep people from high-risk areas in the fight against the corona virus. He indicated that he wanted ‘more instruments’: “The police and military police now only have their power of persuasion to send people back”.
The Club van Elf, which represents the interests of the Dutch day attraction companies, is ‘very happy’ with the call by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge to people to adhere to the corona measures. “It is clear that the attention of the public has weakened recently,” says director Kees Klesman. “So it was time for a wake-up call from the cabinet to prevent the virus from spreading again.”
Travel and cancellation insurance does not always cover claims due to the corona virus, warns the financial complaints institute Kifid. There have recently been many complaints about continuous travel and cancellation insurance because of the virus outbreak. In three cases, the Kifid Disputes Committee concluded that the claimed cancellation costs or additional travel and accommodation costs were not covered under the applicable insurance conditions.
Safaripark Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek has this Friday introduced a masking obligation for employees who have contact with guests. This happens because of the increasing number of corona infections in the Netherlands. “We had already set up the parks in such a way that visitors can pass by safely and according to the guidelines. Because we see that guests find it more and more difficult to keep their distance themselves, we are introducing this masking obligation. For safety and also in the hope that create more awareness. “
Air traffic was not possible at Eindhoven Airport on Friday morning due to staff shortages. This led to a lot of traffic at the airport. Several waiting passengers did not take the 1.5 meter rule and the prescription to wear mouth masks very seriously, travelers complained at the airport. About 1400 travelers were waiting for their flight at Eindhoven Airport.
The travel restrictions imposed due to the corona virus have disastrous consequences for aviation in Europe. This is reported by trade association ACI Europe based on figures from the second quarter. Passenger traffic at European airports almost came to a complete standstill in the second quarter with a decrease of 96.4 percent compared to a year earlier.
The joint security regions are pleased that the government is committed to a joint approach to the corona virus. The overarching Security Council thus responds to the press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge on Thursday evening. “At the same time, we experience the added value of local and regional customization to detect and combat corona infections.”
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Half of young doctors have already considered leaving the medical profession in their short career. Work pressure, working hours and ‘unpleasant care culture’ are cited as the main reasons. This shows research among young doctors in the Netherlands, carried out by the De Jonge Dokter foundation and research agency Sardes. 622 people participated.
The days of large offices, where people from nine to five are present, are over. Real estate group JLL reports this on the basis of research into the consequences of the corona crisis on the office market for 3000 clients, including Dutch multinationals. The group assumes that 30 percent of all office space will be used flexibly by 2030.
Lenders of NHG mortgages want corona statements and ask for additional questionnaires. ING and ABN AMRO, among others, also require a signed corona statement from the employer. RTL Nieuws reports this, based on a tour of lenders. The questionnaire asks, among other things, about the loss of work, whether there is a chance of unemployment or fewer working hours.
The press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and ‘corona minister’ Hugo de Jonge was seen by more than 3.5 million people on Thursday evening. Most watched via NPO1 (2.6 million), followed by RTL4 (657,000) and SBS6 (256,000), according to figures from the KijkOnderzoek foundation.
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Since the start of the corona crisis in March, Dutch banks have provided aid to companies worth 22 billion euros. They received, for example, postponement of repayments or extra loans. 158,000 companies have already used this and 32,400 private individuals, reports the Dutch Banking Association (NVB).
The labor inspectorate will enforce stricter corona rules in the workplace. Up to and including 2 August, nearly 2,797 reports were made by employees to the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment for violating those rules, the Inspectorate reports against BNR.
The number of people worldwide who have become infected with the corona virus has passed 19 million. This emerges from a count by the AFP news agency. Worldwide, there are more than 700,000 deaths from the pandemic. Europe remains the worst hit region with more than 200,000 deaths since the virus first emerged in China late last year.
On Dam Square in Amsterdam, civil society organization Containment Nu! held a vigil for corona victims on Thursday evening. Several dozen people kept silence for two minutes and lit thousands of candles under the heading ‘Light one candle, not another’.
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