Follow the press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) here.

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There are Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge, the press conference is about to begin.

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The press conference will take place in this now well-known room. We have to wait for Rutte and De Jonge.

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Rutte and De Jonge actually enjoyed a holiday, but the ministers broke it off prematurely because the number of corona infections in the Netherlands has risen again recently.

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To get ahead of the panic: the press conference will soon be without Irma Sluis. The sign language interpreter, which has become extremely popular in recent months, is not available and will be replaced by two colleagues, who will alternate during the press conference.

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Where the cabinet closed the last corona paper conference with a degree of relief six weeks ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and corona minister Hugo de Jonge are forced to break off their holidays to speak to the country again tonight. The goal: to get everyone back on track. Read here  what we can expect from the press conference starting at 7pm.

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The press conference with Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge will start in about an hour. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Health will discuss the recent increase in the number of corona infections and may (re) announce new measures. The press conference can be followed at via a live stream and in this live blog.

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Bamboo shortage threatens pandas stranded in Canada
Two pandas stranded in Canada due to corona measures are at risk of running out of their stock of bamboo. Er Shun and Da Mao are currently at the Calgary Zoo, but cannot be transported to China due to the virus. Due to the travel restrictions, it is also not possible for the zoo to get fresh bamboo from China.

Adult pandas need up to 20 pounds of bamboo per day. The zoo now hopes that the remaining bamboo supplies can be rationed enough until the pandas are allowed to go to China or a new shipment of bamboo can be shipped to Canada.

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In Hiroshima, the fact that an atomic bomb was dropped on the city 75 years ago is discussed. Because of the corona virus, the ceremony was finished very sober. People were not allowed to gather in large groups, and the floating lanterns were left on the water by a small number of people. (Photo: Pro Shots )

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The warm weather makes it quite busy on many beaches. The authorities are calling on people to keep 1.5 meters away and avoid crowds. Because people have not adhered sufficiently to the measures in recent times, the coronavirus threatens to flare up again in the Netherlands. (Photo: Pro Shots )

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Professional association of nurses angry at ignoring measures
The Professional Association of Nurses and Nurses (V&VN) is angry about Dutch people who ignore the corona measures. "Soon the ICs in the hospitals will be full again and nurses will be able to solve it again," says board chairman Gerton Heyne on health news site

Heyne points out the "enormous efforts" nurses have had to make in recent months, while scaling up the number of IC beds requires a lot of effort. "Then it is very sour to see that people in cafes are dancing and singing close to each other. And that the number of infections increases sharply."

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Lebanon expects sharp increase in infections after explosion
The Lebanese government is anticipating a significant increase in the number of corona infections in the next two weeks, according to Health Minister Hamad Hassan. As a result of the explosion in the port of Beirut, many people have come into contact with each other in the past few days without protective equipment.

For example, Lebanon does not have enough protective clothing for doctors who need to care for the injured, which increases the risk of contamination. Establishing emergency hospitals can also contribute to this, although healthcare workers keep corona patients as separated as possible from other victims.

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29 corona patients in intensive care units
Currently, 29 corona patients are in intensive care units (ICs), one less than yesterday. 598 other patients are now also being treated in these wards. That is fourteen patients more than yesterday. There are also 79 corona patients outside the ICs. This is nine fewer than yesterday.

This is evident from the data from the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). "There is a stable picture, with more than half of the admitted COVID-19 patients in the ROAZ regions of Amsterdam and Rotterdam," says Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the Landelijk Netwerk Acute Zorg.

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Singapore uses drones to check for social distancing.
Singapore wants to use drones to check whether people keep enough distance from each other. Two self-flying drones have already been tested in recent months. The machine is programmed to track meetings and transmit the images to the police.

Singapore uses drones to check for social distancing

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Student organizations call on the cabinet not to cancel entry weeks
Student organizations have jointly written an open letter to the cabinet. The organizations fear that the introduction weeks for new students will be canceled.

"Health is of course paramount, but months of preparation to set up an adapted, safe and responsible introduction week in each student city will be wiped out in one fell swoop," write the student organizations in the letter, which is signed by the National Student Union (LSVb). ), the National Chamber of Associations (LKvV), the Interurban Student Consultation (ISO), the National Action Committee for Pupils (LAKS) and the National Consultation and Contact Introduction Weeks (LOCI).

Rumor had it that the cabinet would announce tonight that the introduction weeks would be canceled. The NIS reported citing sources that the government, however, come back there.

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Dutch nationals traveling to Finland must be quarantined on arrival.
Travelers traveling from the Netherlands to Finland must be quarantined for 14 days from Monday on arrival. The Finnish government announced this. The reason is the recent increase in the number of infections in the Netherlands. The measures also apply to travelers from Belgium and Andorra.

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For the first time since April, more than six hundred new infections in 24 hours.
601 new corona infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, according to figures from the RIVM. This means that for the first time since the end of April, more than six hundred new infections were detected in a 24-hour period. Then probably less testing was done. In addition, only one new hospital admission and no death was reported.

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Outbreak in supermarket Brabant town of Wouw
Several employees of a supermarket in the Brabant village of Wouw (Roosendaal) have been infected with the corona virus, BN DeStem reports . It is not clear exactly how many employees are involved. The infected employees immediately went into isolation. In the meantime, the supermarket will remain open and employees from other branches will be deployed. Some employees also return from their holidays earlier, according to a spokesperson.

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Call to corona testers: what is it like to work in the test lane?
From June, everyone in the Netherlands can be tested for the coronavirus and hundreds of thousands of people with mild complaints have now been tested. We know that side of the story, but what is it really like to be on the test street? is looking for people who work at the GGD and who want to tell about their experiences.

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VO Council wants OMT to provide ventilation advice before the start of the school year.
The VO Council, the umbrella organization of secondary schools, wants the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) to provide advice on ventilation before the schools open on 17 August. Ventilation systems may play a role in the spread of the coronavirus. Read more here .

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The local GGDs give people who come for a test some tips.

Appointment in our test street? Avoid being too early and therefore having to wait a long time in your hot car. # Heat plan Tip: take a bottle of water with you.

AvatarAvatar Author GGD Gooi en Vechtstreek Moment of places 13: 49 - 6 August 2020

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The Ministry of Health asks people to continue to observe the fight against the corona virus in their fight against the heat.

Do you go out on the terrace with the nice weather or with friends to the park or the beach? Avoid busy places and keep 1.5 meters away. If you have any complaints, stay at home and get tested More information https️ #AlleenSamen

AvatarAuthor Ministry of VWSMoment of places13: 08 - 6 August 2020

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In the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, the epicenter of a new outbreak in the country, the local sports stadium has been converted into a 1,000-bed emergency hospital. (Photo: Reuters )

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Lung nurses: 'We are not mentally ready for the second wave'
Lung nurses Maaike Vriens and Janine Heestermans said last night in the talk show Op1 that their profession is not ready for a second corona wave. They see that colleagues have yet to recover from the first wave. "When you enter a corona patient, you see panic in certain people."

Lung nurses: 'We are not mentally ready for the second wave'

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People around the world continue to express their appreciation to medical personnel. This mural in Mexico City was made in honor of all health workers who have succumbed to the effects of the corona virus themselves. (Photo: Pro Shots )

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Employers' association: Corona crisis curbs wage increase in new collective labor agreements
In collective labor agreements concluded since the outbreak of COVID-19, the wage increase is significantly lower than in the agreements that were concluded earlier this year, employment conditions adviser AWVN reports on the basis of the collective labor agreements on Thursday which have been closed so far in 2020.

The smaller wage increase since the corona outbreak is especially true for market sectors. Public sectors have seen a larger wage increase since the outbreak. Read more here .

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United Kingdom is recalling 50 million medical mouth masks
The United Kingdom is recalling 50 million mouth masks due to potential health risks. These are FFP2 mouth masks, which must protect doctors against the coronavirus.

Tests have shown that the mask is too loose and therefore does not stop all drops. The Netherlands also uses FFP2 masks, but the Ministry of Health reports in conversation with that no risks have been identified in our country. This may be because masks from other suppliers are used.

The British masks were supplied by Ayanda Capital and cost the UK government, along with 150 million other mask types, £ 252 million (€ 280 million). The bulk of that amount was spent on the FFP2 masks.

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Germany obliges travelers from high-risk countries to a corona test
German travelers returning from high-risk countries must be tested for the corona virus from Saturday, the German health minister Jens Spahn announced on Thursday morning. Persons who refuse a test risk a fine of up to 25,000 euros. Read more here .

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Halsema and GGD talk with student associations 
Amsterdam's mayor Femke Halsema and GGD deal with various student associations in the city talking about include the introductory and hazing period. The reason for the conversation is the increasing number of confirmed infections in the city.

The Amsterdam Student Corps and the Amsterdam Female Student Association (ASC / AVSV) decided earlier this week to cancel the introduction time of this year, after four members of the association tested positive for the corona virus.

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Tourism industry: Fewer and fewer people want to go on holiday
As the corona crisis continues, the number of Dutch, Belgians, Germans and British with holiday plans continues to decrease. This is evident from a study published on Thursday by the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) and Schiphol into the holiday plans of a thousand inhabitants of each of these countries.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, NBTC and Schiphol regularly assess the status of holiday plans and bookings. A striking result is that the influence of the corona crisis on holiday plans is increasing.

The most striking example of this is Belgium, whose inhabitants have become even more reluctant to arrange a holiday. "This is partly due to the sharp increase in the number of corona infections in Belgium," says Jos Vranken, the general manager of NBTC.

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Brazilian court: Government must protect tribes
The Supreme Court in Brazil  ruled that the government of Jair Bolsonaro should take measures to protect the original inhabitants of the country against the corona virus. The government has been given a thirty-day deadline.

Brazilian tribes have been severely affected by the corona virus. According to APIB, the umbrella organization of the tribes, 631 original inhabitants have died from the effects of the virus. Corona infections have been diagnosed in half of the three hundred strains.

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Bicycle bells on shopping trolleys in the village of Hoek in Zeeland
A supermarket in the village of Hoek in Zeeland has provided shopping trolleys with bicycle bells.

Customers can use this to warn others to keep a distance. "I thought: we have to deal with it in a playful way," says supermarket owner Eric Ruben to Omroep Zeeland .

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ING sees profit plummet due to corona problems at companies
ING Bank saw its profit shrink in the second quarter by almost 80 percent and reach EUR 299 million.

This is because the bank has to set aside money for loans that may not be repaid by companies that have run into problems because of the corona crisis. This is evident from the quarterly figures that the company published Thursday.

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Holiday park stay almost 12 percent more expensive than last year
Prices for a stay in a holiday park in July were a whopping 11.8 percent higher than in the same month last year. Partly as a result of this, the average price level of services and goods in the Netherlands rose by 1.7 percent last month, Statistics Netherlands CBS reports.

A stay in a holiday park in June 2020 was only 1.4 percent more expensive than in the same month last year. The price probably rose so sharply in July because many Dutch people decided quite late to go on holiday this summer, but then in their own country.

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'Cabinet wants to ban introduction weeks'
The Cabinet wants to cut through the introduction weeks of students, RTL Nieuws and  NOS report on the basis of insiders. 

The official decision will be taken today. Since students play an important role in the accelerated spread of the coronavirus, the chances of the acquaintances continuing would be small.

Tonight at 7 pm Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will hold a press conference on the corona virus. New measures are not excluded.

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Number of infections in Germany is increasing faster
In Germany, the number of registered infections is increasing faster, reports the Robert Koch-Institut. 1,045 infections were reported in the last 24 hours, while 741 tests were found to be positive on Wednesday.

In Germany, 213,067 people have tested positive for the corona virus so far. 9,175 corona patients died.

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Brit blows trumpet until no more corona patients die
The British veteran Paul Goose has been blowing The Last Post on his trumpet for 130 days in a row  . He has vowed to stop until the death of corona patients in the UK, reports BBC News .

Every night, Goose broadcasts his game live on Facebook. He dedicates it to employees of the National Health Service (NHS). 

In the UK, over 46,000 people have died from the effects of the coronavirus. (Photo: Facebook / Paul Goose)

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What do we expect from the unexpected coronapers conference?
While the cabinet closed the last corona papers conference with a degree of relief six weeks ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) are forced to break off their holidays to address the country on Thursday evening. The goal: to get everyone back on track. Curious about what we can expect? Read it here .

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Facebook removes message from Trump for misinformation about coronavirus
Facebook on Wednesday removed a message from US President Donald Trump, because the company said it contained false claims about the coronavirus.

The report was an excerpt from the President's interview with the American news channel Fox News . In it, Trump says that children are "virtually immune" to the coronavirus.

"This excerpt contains the false claim that a group of people may be immune to COVID-19," said a Facebook spokesperson. "That violates our policy of sharing harmful disinformation about COVID-19."

It is the first time that Facebook has removed a message from Trump because of disinformation about the corona virus. Earlier, Facebook posts were removed from the president because of the spread of hatred and a copyright claim.

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'Ventilation system probably spread coronavirus in nursing home'
During a corona outbreak in a nursing home in Maassluis, the ventilation system of the building probably played a role in the spread of the virus, de Volkskrant  and  EenVandaag report   on the basis of a confidential RIVM report.

Seventeen residents and eighteen employees of De Tweemaster nursing home were infected in June, while the staff wore surgical masks. The masks only went off during breaks. Six residents eventually died from COVID-19.

Because the number of infections from unknown causes rose rapidly, the ventilation system in the shared living room was investigated. Particles of the coronavirus were then found on parts of the ventilation system that circulate air through one room. Read more here .

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Growing number of new infections in France and Spain
In France and Spain, the number of new infections has risen again. In France, 1,695 new cases were recorded on Wednesday, the largest number since the end of May. In Spain, 1,772 new infections were noted on Wednesday. Most of them are located in Madrid and the northeast of the country.

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'Source and contact research complicated because people conceal locations'
The GGDs have difficulty conducting source and contact research in people who are infected with the corona virus, because they are often not completely honest about where they may have contracted the virus. "If you asked someone where they had been a few weeks ago, it was two or three places. Now, especially with younger people, it concerns ten places," said GGD director Sjaak de Gouw on NPO Radio 1.

"We see in more regions that people are hiding where they have been. For example, they do not want others to be quarantined for a fortnight or do not want to tell them that they have been at an illegal party. We are not a police, we are a health service. We don't pass on that data, but we do need it to do our job well. "

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426 new infections, 30 corona patients ic
According to the corona dashboard of the government, the number of confirmed infections in the Netherlands increased in the past 24 hours 426. Just like the past few days, approximately half of all new infections in men between twenty and forty years.

Thirty COVID-19 patients are in an intensive care unit. That is four patients more than yesterday. There are 88 corona patients in other departments, an increase of 5 compared to yesterday.

"The number of COVID-19 patients on the IC is now greater than in July. Based on the number of new infections, we expect a further increase in the next two weeks," writes chairman Ernst Kuipers of the Landelijk Netwerk Acute Zorg.

"More than half of the admitted COVID-19 patients are located in the ROAZ regions of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This corresponds to the regional differences in the number of new infections."

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