In our live blog, keep up to date with developments regarding the corona virus at home and abroad.

Prince's Day may be at a different location for one year due to the corona crisis.
Prince's Day may not be held this year in the Ridderzaal, but in, for example, the Grote Kerk in The Hague, near the Binnenhof. Chamber President Khadija Arib plays with the idea of ​​a one-time change of location because the Ridderzaal is too small, if all guests have to keep 1.5 meters away.

The SP would prefer fewer parliamentarians to attend this year and points out that many other events could not go ahead this year.

All parliamentarians could be present in the Grote Kerk, but they cannot bring their partner or other guests with them. Arib says other alternatives are also being looked at, but does not mention locations.

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Corona figures of June 8 in five graphs
The Kuipers press conference has ended. Would you like to know more about the latest state of affairs regarding the coronavirus? See here the figures in five charts today.

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Kuipers assumes that there is a seasonal effect. About this autumn he says that good monitoring is required. "The virus is not yet gone, most Dutch people have not had it." He also says that the Netherlands is now better prepared than earlier this year.

In addition to 1.5 meters, other measures have also helped to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Kuipers points to the good hand hygiene that many Dutch people have been using in recent months. As a result, less flu and other infectious and communicable diseases have also been detected.

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"It is really safe to visit a doctor or hospital," says Kuipers several times. He points out that people are still reluctant because they are afraid of becoming infected with the coronavirus at their GP or hospital.

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Kuipers also says he understands the discussion about what is and is not allowed because of the corona measures. He emphasizes the importance of responding quickly if more people become infected. "Stay careful," he says.

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During a press conference in Rotterdam, Kuipers confirms that the "dreaded effect" failed to materialize during the Ascension weekend. He also says it can be concluded that reopening primary schools and resuming contact professions had no effect on the numbers. "We see in the two and three weeks after that that the number of hospital admissions does not increase."

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Fewer corona patients in hospitals
In the Netherlands, 92 corona patients are still in intensive care (IC). That is four than yesterday, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). In addition, there are 365 corona patients in other departments in the hospital. That is 98 fewer than in the weekend, the data shows. 

"Since a month, only a few COVID patients have been admitted daily," says Ernst Kuipers of the National Network Acute Care. "If this picture remains stable, the total number of COVID patients in the hospital will decrease even further."

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Lowest rise in UK death toll since late March
The confirmed death toll from the UK's coronavirus has risen by 55 to 40,597 in the past 24 hours, the UK government has just announced. That is the smallest daily increase since the start of the UK lockdown on March 22. Then came the rise in the death toll 35. 

news agency Reuters reports based on its own count, in which corona suspected cases were included, the total death toll likely above 50,000.

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World-famous Galeries Lafayette seeks government support 
Department store chain Galeries Lafayette suffers a lot because there are hardly any tourists in France due to the corona virus. This applies in Paris to both the famous branch on Boulevard Hausmann and the smaller shop on the Champs Elysées, which opened just last year.

According to CEO Nicolas Houze, Lafayette will miss out on € 1 billion in turnover this year due to the temporary closings of the shops and the absence of tourists due to the corona virus. World-renowned Galeries Lafayette has a total of more than sixty stores in France and a few beyond. (Photo:  Pro Shots )

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Relaxation of measures in India
Shopping centers and restaurants in India may be reopened today. Other corona measures have also been relaxed. Meanwhile, the number of infections in the country has risen to 256,611. New 9,983 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, a new daily record for India. (Photo:  Pro Shots )

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An overview of the news from abroad:

  • Moscow will relax corona measures from tomorrow. Residents no longer need home insulation and you can also go outside again without a special pass. In addition, beauty salons and veterinary clinics are open again. The reopening of museums, terraces, gyms and restaurants will follow later this month.
  • Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia , is no longer infected with the corona virus. Last week it became clear that the politician and his family had become infected.
  • Poland is closing two coal mines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The mines remain closed for three weeks. According to state news agency PAP , 20 percent of all infected Poles work in a coal mine.
  • Anyone traveling from abroad to the UK from today will be required to be quarantined for two weeks after arrival. This measure also applies to British citizens.

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Daily update from RIVM
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reports that the death toll in the Netherlands has increased by 3 to 6,016. Five new hospital admissions are also reported. In total, 11,794 corona patients were or were hospitalized in the Netherlands. The figures have been declining for some time. There have been more positive tests lately, but that is because everyone with complaints has been eligible for a corona test since this month. The number of positive tests has increased by 165 to 47,739 since yesterday.

A side note to the RIVM figures is that there may be a delay between the day of hospital admissions or deaths and the day on which they are reported. Many deaths and hospitalizations of Saturday and Sunday are only processed after the weekend. The actual numbers may therefore be higher than those reported by RIVM.

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DNB: Deep economic crisis as a result of the corona pandemic
De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) foresees a deep economic crisis as a result of the corona pandemic. The central bank expects an economic contraction of 6.4 percent by 2020. DNB speaks of a historic low. Read  more here .

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Schools in South Africa reopened
Children in South Africa can go back to school from today. The reopening of schools was initially delayed, after unions and teachers urged school boards to take better hygiene measures to protect children and teachers.

According to South African education minister Angie Motshekga, schools did everything they could to open again last week. As of today, teaching resumes at approximately 95 percent of primary and secondary schools in the country.

South Africa currently has about 50,000 confirmed infections. About a thousand people died from the effects of the virus. The country went into lockdown a few months ago, but is now easing some measures. The reopening of the schools is part of that policy. (Photo: Pro Shots )

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Surinamese should stay at home as much as possible
Surinamese may only leave the house for urgent cases in the next two weeks, StarNieuws reports . The government is taking stricter measures as the number of confirmed cases rose from 100 to 122 last week. One person has died from COVID-19 so far. Under the new rules, people can only go shopping on certain days. The classification is based on the first letters of the surnames. Medical visits to, for example, the hospital or pharmacy are still allowed.

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Denmark increases limit for public meetings
From now on, a maximum of fifty people may gather for a public meeting, according to the Danish Ministry of Health. Previously, a maximum of ten people applied. 

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President Guatemala works at home after staff outbreak
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced on Sunday that he and the vice president would be working from home because eighteen of their closest associates had tested positive for the corona virus.

Giammattei emphasized that he and the vice president are not infected. "We are healthy. We have been tested, we do not have the coronavirus," said the president. In the country, 7,055 people are known to be infected with the coronavirus and 252 corona patients have died.

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Corona measures in New Zealand further relaxed
Following the healing of the country's last corona patient, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday afternoon (local time) that the measures are being relaxed to "level 1".

This means that many restrictions for the inhabitants of the country and companies are lifted. Border checks are still being carried out and the New Zealanders must also continue to observe hygiene measures.

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More than two hundred new corona
infections in Germany The number of corona virus infections in Germany increased by 214 on Monday to 184,193. The Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) just announced this. Another six Germans died from the effects of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of coronation-related deaths to 8,674.

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New Zealand 'virus free': last patient declared cured
The last corona patient in New Zealand was declared cured on Monday . There are no known people with active infections in New Zealand today. That is the first time since the coronavirus was diagnosed on February 28 in the country.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce later today that the country will lift almost all corona measures. The strict border controls will probably still be carried out.

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More than seven million confirmed infections
worldwide. According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than seven million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide. The United States has the most infections: more than 1.9 million, followed by Brazil (691,758) and Russia (467,073).

The actual number of infections is probably even higher. The testing policy varies by country and not everyone is tested for the virus.

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Brazil changes again corona figures display
For the second day in a row, the Brazilian government changes the display of corona figures. Yesterday , the renewed government website no longer showed the total number of infections and deaths, but the number of deaths, infections and healings from the past 24 hours. Today that changed and the website only shows the total number of infections and deaths.

According to the latest figures on the website, a total of 685,427 infections are known in the country and 37,312 people have died from the effects of the virus. It is unknown why the government has once again changed the presentation of the corona figures.

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3,500 new infections in Mexico
The Mexican government identified 3,484 new infections with the corona virus on Sunday. In total, 117,103 infections have now been confirmed in the country. The number of deceased corona patients increased by 188 to 13,699.

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Nearly 154,000 confirmed infections in France
France is approaching 154,000 confirmed infections on Sunday. The French government announced on Sunday that the number of confirmed infections has increased by 343 to 153,997. The death toll rose by 13 to 29,155. (Photo:  Pro Shots)

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The most important corona news of Sunday 7 June: the


  • RIVM reports that  two people  have died from COVID-19. That is the smallest number of deceased corona patients since March 11, when one death was reported.
  • The number of infections increased by 239. This may be because anyone with corona-related complaints can get tested as of 1 June.
  • There are still  96 infected people  in the intensive care units of hospitals, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).
  • Dutch coach companies  will immediately transport thirty people by bus, although this goes against the corona guidelines. The industry wants to observe the rules that apply within public transport and on airplanes, explains a spokesperson for Royal Dutch Transport (KNV).

  • Brazil  has started to  delete data  on the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. The Ministry of Health kept track of the progress per state and municipality. Only the number of deaths, infections and healings from the past 24 hours are still reported.
  • Travelers may be able to return to Curaçao from July 1   . The government of the country wants to open the borders again for people from different countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. One condition is that someone must have been tested negative for the coronavirus.
  • An important adviser to the British government says that the  United Kingdom should  have entered a lockdown earlier. According to John Edmunds, the death toll would have been much lower.
  • More than 400,000 people worldwide have died from the effects of the coronavirus. The US has the most deaths by far (110,000).

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