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Huge peak at GGD after press conference
The press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge of Health on Thursday evening led to massive crowds at the GGDs. A spokesperson says in a conversation with NU.nl that the telephone lines have "exploded" due to the sudden urge of the Dutch to schedule corona tests.
Normally, a maximum of three hundred tests would have been scheduled, but on Thursday evening that number rose to about two thousand within one hour. Call centers of the GGDs eventually had to stay open longer to help everyone with an appointment.
The figures count as a small victory for Prime Minister Rutte, who wanted to use the press conference as a wake-up call for the Netherlands.
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Disney and Nickelodeon promise to collect less data from children
Disney, Nickelodeon parent company Viacom, and a number of other companies have reached a settlement in a case regarding the collection of children's data through apps and games, Law360 reports . The companies promise to collect less data from children.
The media companies agreed to restrictions on advertising and data collection in apps primarily aimed at children. These restrictions can affect thousands of apps and games.
The parents who filed the lawsuit call the settlement an “excellent outcome”. According to them, the settlement causes some minor changes and those changes affect "fundamental principles".
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Researchers have a slightly better understanding of how the coronavirus multiplies
Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center have most likely found important information about how the coronavirus multiplies in the human body.
Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) have most likely found a missing link in understanding the process. This discovery may contribute to the development of a drug against COVID-19.
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Trade deal EU and UK possible in September
UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak still holds a trade deal between the UK and the European Union in September.
Sunak remains confident that the negotiations between the UK and the EU will run smoothly. Any trade agreement should make trade between the two economies easier, fair and cheaper.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier has repeatedly said that the negotiations are going very difficult. However, both Barnier and the UK Treasury have also expressed more optimism recently.
See also: UK Secretary of the Treasury: EU and UK trade deal possible in September
American version of Eurovision song contest on television in late 2021
After years of rumors, an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest becomes reality. The organization announces that the idea is that representatives of different states will compete against each other.
The American Song Contest will be performed for the first time around Christmas 2021. As the plan now looks, artists from different states have to qualify for the semifinals in five to ten broadcasts. The states that survive the semifinals compete against each other in the grand final.
"We are pleased to have found the right partners to create a new version that Americans and fans worldwide can love," said Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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