Follow the latest developments regarding the corona virus in this live blog.

Zeeland will issue fines faster at Easter
The Zeeland safety region warns that people should also stay away from the province, even during Easter.

"We have been very cautious, but now we are going to hand out fines where necessary," Jan Lonink, chairman of the security region, told Omroep Zeeland . "At first everyone was convinced of the measures, but now things are getting harder."

The security region has decided on Wednesday not to allow motor vehicles to enter the boulevard of Vlissingen during Easter either. There is a fear that people will not be able to keep a distance of 1.5 meters if the boulevard on the Westerschelde is freely accessible to traffic.

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Dutch companies will produce millions of mouth masks per week
To solve the dire shortage of mask, Dutch companies are going to produce millions of masks per week. In the first instance, these are only intended for healthcare personnel.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) has commissioned Auping and AFPRO Filters.

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Rehabilitation center Heliomare from Wijk aan Zee has recently started a special department for corona patients. People who have had a hard time in intensive care are treated here to get back to their old physical and mental level.

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Rehabilitation center helps corona patients: 'A lot of stress after IC admission'

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WHO: 'Aunt Cor' (107), as far as known, oldest corona patient who was cured
The 107-year-old Cornelia Ras from Goeree-Overflakkee is, according to the health organization WHO, the oldest corona patient worldwide who cured the disease COVID-19. A spokesperson for the WHO reported this to NU.nl on Thursday morning after an investigation.

Read on here .

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Number of KLM passengers more than halved in March
The number of passengers transported fell in March by nearly 60 percent to 3.1 million for the group to which Air France, KLM and Transavia belong.

KLM still flew about 15 percent of its capacity in the last days of March, compared to a year earlier. This has led to a 54 percent drop in the number of passengers transported, a cut by half.

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Second suspect arrested that agent bit for corona measures
On Wednesday, the police were able to arrest a second suspect who may have been part of a group that bit and mistreated a Rotterdam agent on Tuesday evening. The officer was attacked after addressing the group for ignoring the corona measures and being too close together.

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Top countries necessarily want to play season at 4 billion
While in smaller football countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium, more and more voices are rising to end the season due to the corona crisis, almost all clubs in the top leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France want to finish the season at all costs. .

This mainly has to do with money. Namely 4 billion euros. Read more here.

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Number of confirmed infections in Germany continues to rise
The number of confirmed corona infections in Germany increased by 4,974 to 108,202 in the past 24 hours, the Robert Koch-Institut, the German equivalent of RIVM, just reported. It is the third day in a row that the number of infections in the country has increased, while before that there was a decrease.

The death toll in Germany has increased by 246 to 1,861. Yesterday, 254 new deaths were added.

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One in five schools does not have all pupils in view during corona times
One in five schools does not currently have all pupils in the picture, according to a poll by the General Association of School Leaders (AVS) on Thursday among 968 school leaders in primary and secondary education.

According to the AVS, 22 percent of schools deal with untraceable pupils. On average, this concerns four children who got off the radar. The school leaders say that in many cases they are members of one family.

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Museums are threatened to perish from the corona crisis
The Museum Association fears that 435 museums will have to close because of the corona crisis. The museums may not reach the end of the year. That is why the branch organization of the Dutch museums calls on national and local authorities to waive six months' rent and municipal taxes for museums.

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American firefighters clap for caregivers. (Photo: Pro Shots)

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New Zealand quarantines travelers
As of Friday, New Zealand is obliged to quarantine nationals who come home from abroad for a fortnight.

The individuals in question will not be quarantined at home, but placed in a special government building.

In the country, 1,239 people are infected with the virus.

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US has second most deaths
The total number of deaths in the United States rose to 14,817 on Wednesday morning, making the country now the second-most corona virus death in the world. With that, the country has overtaken Spain, where the number currently stands at 14,792. This is evident from the figures from the Johns Hopkins Institute.

Most people still die in Italy, namely 17,669.

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Ecuador starts research on bodies on the street
Ecuador's president, Lenín Moreno, is investigating how local authorities left deceased corona patients on the street in the city of Guayaquil. The government of the country had to apologize for this on Saturday, after images appeared on social media of the bodies that were left on the street. Hospitals, cemeteries and morgues were unable to cope with coronavirus deaths.

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500 million people can end up in poverty due to the corona crisis
Oxfam Novib said in a new report that half a billion people worldwide could end up in poverty as a result of the corona crisis. The resulting economic damage can reverse the fight against poverty by more than a decade.

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Doctors start emergency fund for health workers
Doctors have set up an emergency fund for care providers who, through intensive work with corona patients, have an increased chance of becoming infected themselves. The fund should allow for compensation for healthcare workers who become incapacitated for work or survivors when a healthcare provider dies.

Read more here.

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In the United States, too, people are showing their appreciation to health care personnel, such as at this hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo: Pro Shots / Karen Focht / ZUMA Wire)

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WHO is concerned about the situation in Turkey
The WHO health organization is concerned about the situation in Turkey, where the coronavirus seems to be spreading at an increasing rate. Director Hans Kluge speaks of "a dramatic increase in infections in the past week". The country is now in the top ten countries with the most registered infections worldwide (over 38,000). The death toll in Turkey is a lot lower than in many European countries.

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Coronavirus hits African American community harder in the US
The coronavirus causes a disproportionate number of victims among the black population in the US. African Americans have above average health problems associated with the often poor social conditions in which they live. In addition, many African Americans do not have access to good health care. Even virologist Anthony Fauci, who is the main member of US President Donald Trump's corona task force, says there is "unacceptable inequality." "After this crisis, every effort must be made to address this gap."

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Premier League players donate to health care
The Premier League players are going to donate an as yet unknown amount to the National Health Service, the UK's public health system. "After many conversations with a group of players from all twenty Premier League clubs, we have started our own initiative: #PlayersTogether. With this voluntary initiative, we hope to make a real difference," the players write in a statement.

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As in many other major cities, the streets in Mexico City are carefully sprayed to prevent the spread of the corona virus. (Photo: Pro Shots)

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In the English city of Birmingham, work is underway on an emergency hospital for corona patients. The hospital, which will be created in an event hall, will have five hundred beds. This number can be scaled up to fifteen hundred.

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Timelapse shows construction of huge emergency hospital in Birmingham

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Real Madrid cuts player salaries
Real Madrid will also temporarily cut the salaries of the players and staff members of the football and basketball branch. They have to hand in 10 to 20 percent to limit the financial damage for the club. Real says the players and staff have agreed voluntarily and that the exact percentage will depend on the development of the corona virus, which takes many lives in Spain.

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Some extreme athletes have found creative solutions to still be able to train during their home quarantine. We see the Greek water skier Nikolas Plytas at work in his swimming pool and the Canadian snowboarder Sébastien Toutant in his living room.

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Extreme athletes work creatively during quarantine

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The most important corona news of Wednesday 8 April

The Netherlands

  • The number of new deaths (147) due to the coronavirus in the Netherlands was slightly higher on Wednesday than a week earlier, when 134 deaths were reported. The number of hospital admissions still seems to be leveling off, RIVM reported in the daily update.
  • The number of patients in intensive care decreased for the first time in the Netherlands. In total there are 1,408 Dutch nationals on the IC, 16 less than Tuesday.
  • During the debate in the Second Chamber, Minister De Jonge (Public Health) stated that in the coming weeks there will be a scarcity of protective material for care providers who have to do their work outside the hospital. "I can not put that shortage away," said the minister.

Abroad
  • In Italy, the number of newly confirmed infections increased, but the number of new deaths decreased. The number of patients in intensive care also fell for the fifth day in a row.
  • The Spanish Ministry of Health and health organization WHO spoke of a flattening in the country.
  • A few European countries have chosen this week to gradually relax the corona measures. NU.nl provides an overview.

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