Follow the latest developments regarding the coronavirus in our live blog. The corona debate in the Chamber started at 2 p.m. Our reporters Avinash Bhikhie and Edo van der Goot regularly provide updates.

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Coronade debate House of Representatives
GroenLinks leader Klaver wonders whether the plans for the May holiday should be banned and whether we should not stop religious gatherings. Religious and philosophical meetings still have an exceptional position.

PvdA leader Asscher is concerned about the IC capacity. Can that capacity be expanded to three thousand IC beds? 2,400 beds are needed on Sunday. 50PLUS group chairman Krol also wants this number to be increased.

Earlier in the day, Diederik Gommers, chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care (NVIC), said that we are heading for a crisis situation. According to Gommers, the minister must then determine what must be done. "I don't know how we're going to do that," said the NVIC chairman. Asscher now wonders: "On what basis is it decided that we are in a crisis situation?"

Asscher also joins Jetten with his questions about solidarity within the EU. Asscher wrote an opinion piece on the Brussels news site Politicians , in which he advocates helping the southern European countries. As far as the PvdA member is concerned, this includes issuing eurobonds.

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Coronade debate House of Representatives
D66 group leader Rob Jetten touches on the quarrel in Europe. The Italians and Spaniards are angry with the Netherlands because of the rigid attitude towards - or at least the rigid communication about - financial aid.

The Cabinet wants to offer medical assistance, but does not want to start issuing joint debt (Eurobonds). In fact, that amounts to a transfer of value from Northern to Southern Europe, which is a bridge too far not only for the Netherlands, but also for Germany.

Minister Hoekstra (Finance) said on Tuesday that he could have been more empathetic in recent days. Jetten now wants to know what the next steps are.

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Prince Charles recovered from coronavirus
British Crown Prince Charles has been declared cured. The heir apparent tested negative for the coronavirus on Wednesday and was therefore allowed to come out of his isolation. According to a spokesman for the British Royal Family, Charles is in good health and strictly adheres to the measures.

71-year-old Charles was admitted with mild symptoms last week and has since remained in home isolation with his wife Camilla. As far as is known, Camilla has not been tested positive for the virus. She will remain in isolation until the end of this week.

"It is a strange and frustrating time for many when the presence of family members and friends is not possible and the normal structure of life disappears," said Charles in a Wednesday video message. "I would like to thank the wonderful people at the NHS (UK Health Service). It is essential that we treat them with the respect they deserve, as they continue their vital work with great courage in extremely difficult circumstances. "

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Coronade debate House of Representatives
PVV leader Wilders is pleased with the extension of the corona measures until 28 April. However, according to Wilders, the data on the number of deaths (1,173) and the number of infected patients (5,159) are still "jet black".

Wilders is concerned about the number of intensive care beds; next Sunday, according to the calculations of the RIVM and the Dutch Association for Intensive Care, 2,400 IC beds will be required.

Wilders also wants to know how it is possible that aircraft from the United States land in the Netherlands, currently one of the hot spots.

Heerma (CDA), Krol (50PLUS) and Baudet (FVD) also notice this. "People from those flights are not even screened. Why not?" Heerma asks the cabinet.

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Coronade debate House of Representatives
The debate about the coronavirus is about to begin. VVD party chairman Klaas Dijkhoff is present for the first time. He was at home in Brabant since March 9 because he had a cold. According to the guidelines of the RIVM, you should not go outside because you can ignite others. "Well, that's what I do. They are experts for a reason", Dijkhoff tweeted from his home a few weeks ago.

Dijkhoff is the first to speak as the speaker of the largest party. He mentions the increasing number of deaths. "These are abstract numbers that hide tragic stories. People who could not say goodbye to their families."

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134 new deaths, 447 hospitalizations
The number of people who died in the Netherlands from the consequences of the coronavirus increased by 134 to 1,173. Another 447 corona patients have been hospitalized, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reports in the daily update. More than 1,150 corona patients are currently in intensive care, a little more than Tuesday around this time. Read more here .

2 hours ago

Case Nicky Verstappen postponed
The substantive handling of the Nicky Verstappen case, which was scheduled for May, has been postponed. Under the current corona measures, a "full-fledged hearing" of the lawsuit against Jos B. cannot take place, the court in Maastricht reports Wednesday. Read more about the matter here (click).

2 hours ago

When we are sick, we usually think of taking more vitamins. But that will not directly help us against the coronavirus.

3 hours ago

Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to postpone Hajj pilgrimage
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes millions of pilgrims every year. And although the hajj only starts at the end of July, the country is already concerned about the health and safety of its visitors. It is therefore urgent not to plan any trips to Saudi Arabia for the time being until more is known about the development of the corona virus. Saudi Arabia had previously restricted access to the country to prevent the smaller Umra pilgrimage from causing problems. Every Muslim is expected to undertake hajj once in life, provided they are physically and financially capable of doing so.

3 hours ago

Sint-Oedenrode hit hard
Sint-Oedenrode in Brabant has been severely affected by the corona virus, Omroep Brabant writes on Wednesday. The place's door-to-door magazine has five pages of grief ads this week.

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Record number of patients may leave hospital in Belgium
A record number of 436 patients have been allowed to leave the hospital in Belgium, the daily press conference in the country announced on Wednesday. The death toll in the country is 828.

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Death toll Spain past 9,000
The death toll in Spain is at 9,053 on Wednesday, authorities report. More than 100,000 people in the country have been confirmed to be infected, although not everyone is tested with symptoms. Spain is the hardest hit after Italy. (Photo: Pro Shots)

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Briefing ended, House of Representatives debates with cabinet at 2 p.m.
The briefing has ended. At 2 pm, the House of Representatives debates with the government on how to combat the corona virus. The main message from RIVM is that the models show that the Netherlands is on the right track, but it is crucial that everyone continues to comply with the measures. Diederik Gommers (NVIC) paints a worrying picture of the Dutch ICs. Nurses need to treat more patients than usual, which is stressful. That can lead to fatal errors. He also said he did not know in what situation the Netherlands will end up if the number of patients on the IC exceeds the maximum of 2,400 beds. Gommers said that it is up to the minister to determine what care will look like in this black scenario.

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New ventilators usable this week
The ventilators ordered from Philips are not usable at this time. These are respirators for home use and because they are products intended for the American market, the oxygen connection of the Dutch hospitals does not fit on the device. But these are problems that can be solved, Gommers says. A solution is being worked on and he expects to deploy the respirators this week.

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'Scaling up is a duty'
The hospitals must collectively upscale 2,400 beds on Monday. When asked whether that is feasible, Gommers says that this should not be a question. "You can't make it," he says. "We owe this to the population."

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Hospitals hold card against the chest
Gommers is pleased that there is now a central point from which corona patients are distributed to hospitals in the Netherlands. At the same time, he says he is still getting reports that some hospitals are not open about the amount of available IC beds. Capacity is registered through a program, but this is based on trust. Hospitals must fill in how many beds and respirators are available.

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'Pressure in intensive care is increasing'
Gommers explains how the capacity in the IC is structured. Normally there is room for 1,150 IC beds. In this phase, hospitals can provide care according to the standards of the Dutch ICs. "We are now in the second phase," says Gommers. And that means that IC patients are treated outside the ICs, in regular wards. The utmost is also demanded of IC personnel. Where ICU nurses normally care for two patients, they now have to care for three or sometimes four patients. "That is exciting. The nurses feel the pressure. They feel the stress that you are not in control , that you make mistakes where patients die." In this second phase, there is a maximum of 2,400 beds. If more are needed, the Netherlands will end up in a black scenario. "We don't know how to proceed," says Gommers. Declaring this crisis situation is a decision that the minister must take.

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This brings an end to the contribution of Van Dissel. Gommers and Van Diemen-Steenvoorden are now taking over. They will discuss in particular the IC capacity.

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"Are mouth masks needed to protect others?"
Carla Dik-Faber (ChristenUnie) also has a question about mouth masks. She wants to know whether it is wise to wear a mask to avoid infecting others, also because people can carry the virus without feeling sick.

According to Van Dissel, this is not necessary, because people already have to keep 1.5 meters away. In addition, in the phase where people are not yet showing symptoms, it is more important that people wash their hands and not touch the face.

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Are all deceased persons tested?
Maarten Hijink (SP) wants to know more about the death rates. At present, 1,039 people have been reported to have died from the effects of the coronavirus. Because there is not enough testing in the Netherlands, people have died with symptoms of the coronavirus, which do not appear in the statistics.

Van Dissel says that RIVM cannot do much about the way in which the doctors and the GGDs register the deceased. In order to determine how many people have died from COVID-19, the mortality curve must be looked at in due course.

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'No extra measures necessary'
We are ready for questions from the House of Representatives. Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA) wants to know more about the incorrect assumption about the length of stay on the IC and its effect on the forecast of the IC capacity. He wants to know whether extra measures are needed to prevent the Netherlands from ending up in a "black scenario" where the ICs are overloaded. He asks, among other things, whether mouth masks should be made compulsory in public space and whether the same rules regarding gathering should apply to church meetings.

Van Dissel points out that the models have been adjusted as of March 19. Diederik Gommers (NVIC) will discuss the pressure on healthcare in a moment. Additional measures do not seem necessary to Van Dissel. "I see almost empty trams in The Hague. New measures hardly add anything."

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Van Dissel closes with a summary slide. The goal remains to protect the vulnerable and to continue to provide care.

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'It is crucial to maintain measures'
Van Dissel is now talking about the reproduction number. That is the number of people who infect an infected person with the virus. The models show that the number of people who become infected is decreasing. Even now Van Dissel emphasizes that these are indications, but he sees a positive trend where the reproduction number dips below zero. You can see how the cabinet's measures seem to have an effect on the models. That does not mean that the measures can be relaxed. "You will have to keep going until the end," says Van Dissel. "Keeping measures is crucial. The measures have an effect. Hold on."

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'IC capacity models adjusted'
Van Dissel discusses the IC capacity in more detail. It threatens to fill up earlier than expected. This is due to the fact that RIVM previously assumed a shorter hospital stay, which would result in the release of beds more quickly. It now appears that corona patients have been on IC for an average of three weeks. Van Dissel points out that RIVM did not have data to make the first forecast and relied on estimates from the World Health Organization. Since March 19, there are Dutch data on the length of admission. The models were then adapted.

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'Kink in admission of' ic patients ''
The number of patients who end up in intensive care also seems to be leveling off. The calculation models show that "a kink" is observable. Here too, Van Dissel is still cautious. "It looks like some kind of tilt, it seems to level off. That will have to prove itself in the coming days."

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'Flattening gently discernible'
The number of reported corona patients at the GGDs shows a leveling off in the graph. The number of reported patients admitted to hospitals is also decreasing. Van Dissel emphasizes that these are patients whose coronavirus has been diagnosed. He also points out that these are the first figures, which may differ

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Number of patients in North Brabant is decreasing, South Holland is increasing
Van Dissel is the first to speak. In his presentation he shows the latest state of affairs. It is noteworthy that the number of admitted patients in North Brabant is decreasing and that in South Holland is increasing. In the north of the country, the number remains low. For Van Dissel, this is confirmation that the coronavirus in the Netherlands shows a divided picture.

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Availability of medicines regulated nationally
The availability of medicines will be regulated nationally "to meet the rapidly growing demand for medicines in intensive care for the treatment of corona patients", the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport reports on Wednesday. "Medicines, like IC beds and respiratory equipment, determine the available capacity in intensive care."

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Press conference on measures attracts over 7.5 million viewers
More than 7.5 million people saw the cabinet's press conference on Tuesday about the new corona measures, according to data from Stichting KijkOnderzoek. Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that schools, childcare centers and catering will remain closed until 28 April.

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'HEMA fears bankruptcy, withholds half of the rent'
HEMA fears that it will not survive a protracted corona crisis, writes Financieele Dagblad (FD) . In the Netherlands, the chain already saw turnover shrink by a third, while some two hundred foreign branches even had to be closed. That is why the department store takes measures such as partially retaining the rent. (Photo: Pro Shots)

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Trump calls on Florida to admit MS Zaandam
Trump has called on Florida authorities to admit the cruise ship MS Zaandam. Several people on the cruise ship were found to be infected with the corona virus last week. Since then, the ship, sailing under the Dutch flag, has been looking for a destination.

Trump is talking to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about admitting the cruise ship. "The passengers are dying on the ship," said the president. The governor of Florida has previously indicated that he wants to refuse the cruise ship.

One of the twenty Dutch persons on board died of COVID-19. Read more about the situation on MS Zaandam here.

9 hours ago

Deaths due to coronavirus in Germany rise to 732
The number of deaths from the coronavirus in Germany has risen by 149 to 732. The number of reported infections in that country has increased by more than 5,453 cases to more than 67,000, reports the Robert Koch Institute, the German equivalent of the RIVM, on Wednesday.

10 hours ago

Stock markets experience worst quarter since 1987
The corona virus hit stock markets worldwide in the first quarter of 2020. The US stock market index S&P 500 suffered a loss of 20 percent; the lowest position since 2008. The Wall Street stock market also closed on Tuesday evening with a loss to London's Dow Jones and FTSE 100, among others. They lost 23 and 25 percent respectively in the past quarter.

The stock market is currently hit hard by investors' fears of the consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Read more here.

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On Monday, a lockdown was announced on Curaçao, which will take at least two weeks. Journalist José de Bruin talks about the current situation there.

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Lockdown Curaçao: 'It is impossible to imagine'

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Record number of deaths in United States
The number of corona patients who died in the United States has risen by 865 to 3,873, reports Johns Hopkins University. That is a record number of new deaths. More than a thousand people have already died in New York City, the epicenter of the virus.

The number of infections detected is 188,172. This makes the US the country with the highest number of infections worldwide.

US President Donald Trump says the US should account for 100,000 to 240,000 deaths, even if everyone abides by social abstinence. Without the measures, according to health experts, there could even be millions of deaths.

Trump once again insisted at a news conference that Americans should continue to abide by the guidelines on social abstinence for the next 30 days. "It is a matter of life or death," he said.

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Italian Prime Minister: 'Friendship with the Netherlands remains intact'
If it were up to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the friendship between Italy and the Dutch people would remain intact. That says Conte in an interview with De Telegraaf .

Italian politicians yesterday wrote in an open letter in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung how unsolidar the Netherlands is in the corona crisis because we oppose giving emergency aid. They found that the Netherlands showed a lack of "ethics and solidarity".

"Many Italians do not understand the opposition from the Dutch authorities to a strong, immediate, rigorous and effective response coordinated at European level to deal with this crisis," said Conte. But according to Conte, there is no anger towards the Dutch people or the Netherlands as a country.

In response to Italy's criticism, Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra yesterday admitted that he is guilty. "We were not empathetic enough," said Hoekstra.

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'Doctors are not allowed to view the corona patient's medical file without agreement'
According to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP), doctors at a GP post or at the emergency room are not allowed to view the medical file of corona patients without the patient's permission. The AP warns ministers Martin van Rijn (Medical Care) and Hugo De Jonge (Public Health) in a letter now that they are working on a temporary arrangement that does allow inspection.

"Due to the corona crisis, the Dutch Data Protection Authority finds it justified that the medical data of corona patients can also be viewed temporarily, but only if patients give permission on the spot. Unless the patient is no longer able to do so," says AP chairman Aleid. Wolfsen against NRC .

The government believes that the assessment of suspicious cases at general practitioner posts is now too slow due to the current privacy rules. According to the cabinet, there should be an exception where an explicit commitment by the patient is temporarily unnecessary. Read more here.

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Commander rings the alarm on situation on American aircraft carrier
Captain Brett Crozier, the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, drew attention in a firm letter to the situation of the crew on his aircraft carrier. On the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which has been in a port on Guam for a week, more than a hundred of the five thousand crew members have tested positive for the corona virus, while on the ship it is impossible to keep a sufficient distance from each other. "A political solution is needed," writes Crozier, who advocates measures to prevent further spread of the virus. "We're not in a war, Marines don't have to die." (Photo: Pro Shots / Zuma Press)

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Ethiopia postpones August elections
Ethiopia has postponed the national elections scheduled for late August until further notice. Due to the corona pandemic, the National Electoral Council of the African country had to cease all its activities. The elections should test the policies of reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who received the Nobel Peace Prize last year. There are currently 25 confirmed coronavirus infections in Ethiopia.

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A herd of goats roamed the streets of the abandoned town of Llandudno in Wales on Tuesday. They dare to take to the streets because most people are allowed to take to the streets only for essentials because of the lockdown in Britain.

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Goats strolling through town in Wales during lockdown

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US wants to establish hundreds of emergency hospitals
The United States plans to set up 341 emergency hospitals to reduce the burden of the coronavirus on the healthcare system. The US military is looking for hotels, dormitories, convention centers, and large open spaces, the chief of the US Army's engineering department told Todd Semonite on Tuesday in the TV program Good Morning America . In New York, where nearly 76,000 people have been infected with the virus, a field hospital has been set up in Central Park. (Photo: Reuters / Jeenah Moon)

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Guterres wants solidarity in 'biggest test in UN history'
The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, calls the corona pandemic "the biggest test since the UN was founded". The Portuguese, when presenting a report on the socio-economic consequences of the corona virus, calls for "worldwide solidarity". According to Guterres, the worst recession in recent history threatens and coordinated action is needed, especially for poorer countries. "Rich countries must immediately help to support the health care of poorer countries. Otherwise, we must fear that the virus will return to places where it was already suppressed." (Photo: Reuters / Albin Lohr-Jones)

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Daily overview corona news: Tuesday 31 March

The Netherlands

  • The number of people in the Netherlands who died from the effects of the coronavirus increased by 175 to 1,039. In addition, 722 new corona patients have been hospitalized, RIVM reported in the daily update.
  • The cabinet announced that the current emergency measures have been extended until April 28.
  • Minister Hoekstra (Finance) acknowledges that the Netherlands has responded "insufficiently empathically" to Italy and Spain's request for EU financial aid.
  • A 101-year-old woman who was infected with the coronavirus has recovered and was released today from the IJsselland Hospital in Capelle aan den IJssel.
International
  • One of the four persons who died last week on the cruise ship MS Zaandam was a Dutchman. The cruise ship was supposed to dock in Chile , but was refused on board because of the infected persons.
  • Some 470,000 companies in Germany have registered with the government for short-time working because of the coronavirus. Short-time working allows employers to make employees work less without firing them.
  • Facebook has removed a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading false information about the coronavirus. Bolsonaro describes the virus in the video as "a flu".

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