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Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge provide an update on corona

Press conference of Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge, future

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will speak to the press about the latest state of affairs at 7 p.m.

New measures are not expected.

But if we fail to turn the tide this week, a second lockdown threatens.

Corona Minister De Jonge will probably also provide text and explanation about the seven XL rapid test streets that are being set up in the Netherlands.

The press conference is broadcast live on



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22 minutes ago

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially relaxed travel advisories to the Canary Islands and Greek Islands, making vacations possible again.

Travel advice for Italy, Austria and Northern Portugal will be tightened up tomorrow.

Travel advice #Greece: There are fewer new corona infections on the Greek islands, so the color code has been changed to 'yellow'.

Risks remain, and the situation for travelers can change quickly. For more information, read the travel advice: https://t.co/PxAF0ZZhcd


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44 minutes ago

House of Representatives 'accidentally' votes for a structurally higher salary in health care

Due to a mistake made by a member of parliament of the ChristenUnie coalition party, a narrow majority of the House of Representatives

voted on

Tuesday for a substantial structural increase in the salaries of care workers


A motion by PVV leader Geert Wilders got 69 MPs behind him in a roll-call vote, while 67 MPs voted against.

The question is whether the cabinet will implement the motion.

Member of Parliament Stieneke van der Graaf (ChristenUnie) accidentally voted in favor of the motion, she says.

Earlier motions with the same purport from the PVV and the SP have not been accepted in roll-call votes in recent months.

2 hours ago

FIFA president Infantino tests positive for coronavirus

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is


with the corona virus.

The fifty-year-old Swiss tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday, the world football association reports in a statement.

Infantino suffers from mild complaints.

He immediately went into isolation and will stay at home for at least ten days.

All persons who have been in contact with Infantino in recent days have been informed by the World Football Association.

They must also be quarantined as a precaution.

Infantino said at the beginning of March that the football world should not panic because of the corona virus.

"Some people say to me that football is a cure for the coronavirus."

2 hours ago

Podcast: 'With a short lockdown you avoid a lot of fuss'

Today we take a look at our southern neighbors in our podcast.

Corona numbers have been rising to alarming levels there for a while now.

We ask Marc Van Ranst, professor of virology at KU Leuven and advisor to the Belgian government, how Belgium is now fighting the virus and how the country views the Dutch approach.

Listen to the podcast



2 hours ago

2 hours ago

Health insurers hit hardest get compensation from competitors

Health insurers that had a lot of extra costs in connection with the corona outbreak can appeal to fellow insurers for a contribution towards those costs.

This is announced by the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM).

The health insurers had submitted a request to this effect to ACM.

If the extra costs were not shared, this would pose a risk to the continuity of care.

The costs are divided centrally, says an ACM spokesperson in an



"Insurers do operate nationwide, but it has always been the case that some insurers are strongly regionally bound. If the number of corona cases is high in that region, such an insurer will be hit disproportionately."

4 hours ago

Small European airports threaten to collapse due to corona crisis

Nearly two hundred airports in Europe are at risk of having payment problems in the coming months if air traffic does not start during that period.

The airport organization ACI Europe says this in a report on the financial consequences of the corona pandemic for the sector.

According to ACI Europe, smaller airports in particular are in immediate danger and those airports are particularly important for regional employment.

The 193 risky cases account for a total of 277,000 jobs.

But the crisis is also not over at the major airports, which welcome more than five million travelers a year.

They are burning money at a rate that cannot be sustained for long, the organization says.

For the twenty largest airports, the debt mountain has now risen by almost 19 billion euros, which amounts to 60 percent of the usual annual turnover.

5 hours ago

Senate adopts temporary corona law

A large majority in the Senate approved the temporary corona law on Tuesday.

The law must provide the current corona policy of the cabinet with a legal basis.

In total, 48 senators from the coalition parties and from GroenLinks, SGP, 50PLUS and PvdA supported the temporary corona law.

24 senators from Forum for Democracy, PVV, SP and Party for the Animals voted against.

The House of Representatives already passed the corona law earlier this month, after it had been amended on important points.

The coalition had entered into an alliance with the four opposition parties for this.

For example, a reduction of the corona fine was arranged and it was also agreed that the Lower House will be given a week to amend or reject new measures.




5 hours ago

67,542 positive corona tests in the past week, increase leveling off slightly.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) registered 67,542 positive corona tests in the past week, an increase of 22 percent compared to the previous week (55,587).

The increase is thus leveling off, because in the two preceding weeks the number of positive tests increased by 27 and 40 percent.

The number of new hospital admissions (1,739) also grew less rapidly: in the past week it was an increase of 16 percent, while 30 percent more hospital admissions were reported in the previous week.

The number of new IC admissions (333) rose by 16 percent, a week earlier it was an increase of 49 percent (287).

5 hours ago

Number of corona patients admitted increases by more than a hundred

Currently, 2,358 Dutch corona patients are admitted to hospital, the National Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) says.

That is 109 more than the day before.

529 corona patients are in intensive care (ic), of which 2 in Germany.

Yesterday the number of corona patients admitted increased by 102.

The number of corona patients admitted to other hospital wards increased by 86 to 1,829.

A total of thirty patients, six of whom were ICU patients, were moved to another hospital in the past 24 hours.

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5 hours ago

Theater producers without a subsidy also receive support.

The cabinet is earmarking 40 million euros extra for the

cultural sector


That money will go to non-subsidized theater producers, the cabinet just announced. 

Theater producers Stage Entertainment, Senf, Hans Cornelissen and Rick Engelkes Producties, among others, do not receive a subsidy.

About eight hundred entrepreneurs in the sector receive an allowance of approximately 10,000 to 15,000 euros for the lost income due to the canceled festival season, for example.

This is a one-off additional fee.

The exact amount of the compensation is examined for each entrepreneur.

5 hours ago

Iran reports nearly 350 new deaths

Authorities in Iran report that an additional 346 corona-related deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.

That's the highest number since deaths since the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Iran officially counts 33,299 corona patients who have died.

The number of registered infections rose by 33,299 to 581,824.

5 hours ago

Hospitality and event industry receive extra support 

The third support package is being


due to the flaring up corona virus.

The catering industry receives an extra payment of an average of 2,500 euros and approximately eight hundred event entrepreneurs receive around 14,000 euros as compensation for lost income.

The Fixed Cost Allowance (TVL) scheme is being expanded, so that more sectors can make use of it.

The third support package will run from October to June 2021. However, the measures have been overtaken by the virus.

The infections and the number of hospital admissions are increasing so quickly that the cabinet has taken extra measures.

5 hours ago

Vice-President of the European Commission infected with coronavirus

Vice-President Margarítis Schinás of the European Commission has tested positive for the corona virus.

The Greek Commissioner, who coordinates asylum and migration policy, just announced this himself via Twitter.

58-year-old Schinás has gone into isolation.

He is the second member of the EU executive board of 27 people to have contracted the virus.

Earlier this month, Bulgarian EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, who deals with innovation, among other things, also tested positive.

In recent weeks, several Commissioners have been quarantined because of contact with infected persons, including President Ursula von der Leyen and First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

According to a spokesperson, 434 of the more than 30,000 officials at the commission have contracted an infection since the start of the corona outbreak.




6 hours ago

Travel advice for ten German cities tightened

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will adjust the travel advice for ten German cities, including Berlin and Frankfurt am Main,

to color code orange

as of Wednesday

(only necessary trips).

Also for Bremen, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Aachen, Stuttgart, Essen and Mannheim, stricter travel advice will apply from Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the number of positive tests in the ten German cities is "seriously" increasing.

Anyone who has been to one of the cities will be advised to go into home quarantine for ten days from Wednesday on returning to the Netherlands.

Until now, this advice did not apply to any German city.

The tightened travel advice does not apply to travelers who come from other parts of Germany and have traveled directly to the airports.

6 hours ago

6 hours ago

People over

70 and people with a medical condition get priority with the


shot People over 70 and people with a medical condition get priority when receiving the flu shot.

State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Public Health, Welfare and Sport) decided this after consultation with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

This decision was taken because, according to general practitioners, the demand for the flu shot seems greater than the supply of flu vaccines.








6 hours ago

Marktplaats: Puzzles, fitness equipment and knitting tools in demand

Based on data from Marktplaats, the second partial lockdown has made Dutch people puzzle, tinker and exercise.

Users of the platform have been looking more for products related to these hobbies in recent weeks than a year earlier.

Marktplaats compared the searches on the site between the end of August and the end of October with those in the same period last year.

Puzzles were searched more than 2.5 times as often as the year before: 177,000 searches, compared to 68,000. 

Crafts and handicrafts are also on the rise, Marktplaats reports.

The number of searches for knitting supplies increased by more than 50 percent.

The platform also notes a striking increase in the popularity of fitness equipment, such as elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and dumbbells.

Marktplaats also notes that home shoppers are already anticipating the holidays.

Christmas items have been searched for almost 60 percent more than last year in this period.

7 hours ago

Rutte and De Jonge will hold a press moment at 7 p.m.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will hold a press moment about the corona crisis today around 7 p.m.

They will give a short update.

It was previously announced that no new measures will be announced.

8 hours ago

An overview of the news from abroad:

  • The French interior minister says that


    must prepare for "tough decisions" about new measures against the corona virus.

    The French government is currently meeting about the corona crisis.

  • Poland

    reports 16,300 new coronavirus infections.

    Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki discourages citizens from participating in demonstrations against the curtailment of abortion rights because of "major infection risks". 

  • The 

    Japanese government has

     agreed to a plan to offer corona vaccines for free.

    The Asian country has concluded deals with several pharmaceutical companies for the supply of hundreds of millions of doses.

  • The number of confirmed infections in 


    rises by 3,520 to 396,454.

    In addition, 101 new deaths have been reported.

    According to official figures, 13,512 corona patients in the country have died.

8 hours ago

9 hours ago

Corona crisis also hurts Swiss chocolate makers

Swiss chocolate makers sold more than 14 percent less in the first eight months of this year than in the same period last year.

The closure of hotels and restaurants and the decrease in aviation traffic had a deep impact, according to figures from their trade association.

Between May and August, sales were even 21.5 percent lower, Chocosuisse reports.

Swiss chocolatiers export 70 percent of their products.

Chocosuisse does not yet see any improvement on the international market, not even in the long term.

Inland sales were also lower, but according to the trade association, this was not so much because the Swiss were less hungry.

The import of chocolate from abroad increased.

According to Chocosuisse, this was due to the high prices of raw materials as a result of the protectionism of the Swiss government.

The Swiss chocolate industry has an annual turnover of around 2 billion euros.

9 hours ago

St. Jans Gasthuis Weert places seven emergency buildings

The St. Jans Gasthuis Weert places seven emergency buildings at the main entrance of the hospital, because it expects larger numbers of corona patients.

These emergency buildings are put into use as soon as the hospital can no longer cope with the influx of patients.  

"The units increase the space that the Emergency Center has for the reception of patients and offer the possibility to separate (suspected) COVID-19 patients from other types of emergency care," the hospital reported earlier.

"The rooms can be used as a waiting room, triage room and treatment room for both the Emergency Department and the GPs of the HAP (GP post, ed.)."




9 hours ago

Rob Jetten, the D66 party chairman in the Lower House, has been tested positive for the corona virus.

He has mild complaints, he reports on Twitter.

He also announced that he would continue to work from home.


I have tested positive for corona.

I am very disappointed! Of course I will stay at home in quarantine for the next few days.

Fortunately, I only have mild complaints.

I also feel fit and therefore continue to work.


Avatar Author Rob Jetten Moment of places 09: 28 - 27 October 2020

9 hours ago

More than eleven thousand new infections in Germany

Germany reports 11,409 infections in 24 hours.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of new infections also exceeded eleven thousand several times last week.

A day record was reported on Saturday with 14,714 new cases.

After two days with a decrease, there is now an increase again.

11,176 and 8,685 new cases were reported on Sunday and Monday, respectively, but fewer positive tests are typically reported on those days than at other times of the week.

The official number of infections in Germany is 449,275.

The official death toll rises to 10,098 after an additional 42 corona patients in the country have died in the past 24 hours.

10 hours ago

VodafoneZiggo staff are allowed to work from home even after the corona crisis

All 7,500 VodafoneZiggo office employees are allowed to work from home for half a week

even after the corona crisis

is over.

The telecom provider claims to be the first large company to come up with such a scheme.

Anyone who wants to can work from home half the time, even when everything returns to normal.

The scheme applies to all employees who are not in a shop or who are active as mechanics.

They receive a screen, keyboard and laptop stand from the business and can buy office furniture for 1,000 euros once.

VodafoneZiggo emphasizes that working from home is not a panacea and is not mandatory.

“Employees who want to work in the office five days a week will soon be able to continue to do so,” explains HR head Thomas Mulder.




12 hours ago

'Week of truth: will there be a total lockdown in the Netherlands?'

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health will again speak to the press on Tuesday evening about the latest state of affairs regarding the corona virus in our country.

Political reporter Avinash Bhikhie explains what to expect in our podcast 

This will be the news


15 hours ago

Second day in a row without new infections in Melbourne

For the second day in a row, the Australian state of Victoria and its capital Melbourne do not register any new positive corona tests.

It has been seven months since this last happened.

In Melbourne, the lockdown will be relaxed on Wednesday and catering establishments are allowed to open their doors again.

19 hours ago

So far, fourteen


people have tested positive via the corona app.

Within more than two weeks, approximately fourteen thousand users of the CoronaMelder app have announced that they have tested positive for the corona virus via the app.

Minister Hugo de Jonge (Health, Welfare and Sport) said this in the Senate on Monday during a debate on the corona law.

According to De Jonge, the app has

been downloaded

more than

3.5 million times

since it can be used nationally on October 10.

That does not necessarily mean that just as many Dutch people use the app.


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yesterday at 11:51 PM

Bruls: 'Behave yourself and on earth stick to the measures'

Hubert Bruls, chairman of the Security Council, has once again called on the Dutch to comply with the corona measures.

"Behave yourself and on earth stick to the measures", he told NU.nl Monday evening after the meeting of the Security Council.


The shortage in hospitals

should stimulate us to comply with the measures, so that the number of infections decreases," says Bruls.

"Do not go to the zoo to look at the monkey cage. Do not go into town to socialize with people. Do not party under that bridge on Saturday evenings and do not constantly point to the government," continued the mayor of Nijmegen.

"The role and responsibility remains with all of us."

yesterday at 11:49 PM

The most important corona news from Monday, October 26, the


  • On Monday, the RIVM


    10,353 new

    positive corona tests


    This is a slight increase since Friday.

    Last weekend, an average of 9,438 positive tests per day were reported.

    On Friday there were 10,007.

  • In addition, 26 corona-related

    deaths have

    been reported.

  • The LCPS reports 291 new


    to the regular wards of hospitals on



  • In addition, 49 people were admitted to 

    intensive care


  • The cabinet will wait a few more days before possibly taking

    more stringent measures



    the second wave.

    Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will speak to the press on Tuesday about the latest state of affairs.

    New measures are not expected.

  • The Albert Schweitzer hospital in Dordrecht is closed for 24 hours to new corona patients.

    The board of directors speaks of an "inevitable choice", because the hospital

    has reached

    a "

    critical point

    " today.

  • The

    Mayor of


    Onno van Veldhuizen, who


    infected with the corona virus, was

    hospitalized on Sunday because his complaints have worsened.

    On Saturday it was announced that Van Veldhuizen, also chairman of the Twente Safety Region, has serious complaints.

  • The police reported having handed out 451 fines in the past week to persons who did not comply with the corona measures.

  • On Monday evening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 


    travel advice

    for a handful of European countries.

    For Italy, Austria and parts of Portugal, color code orange will apply from later this week, while travel advice for the Greek and Canary Islands will be relaxed on Tuesday.

  • In the coming days, Zoetermeer will investigate which steps the municipality can take against the two organizers of an

    illegal party

    in the city.

    In the night from Saturday to Sunday, a hundred people had come to the party.


  • France

    reports more than 26,000 positive tests, a halving compared to Sunday (52,010).

    It should be noted, however, that the numbers on Mondays are always relatively smaller due to slower processing of the administration at the weekend.

  • Germany

    is taking new measures.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering a 'lockdown light'.

    New restrictions will apply to schools, events and the catering industry.

    The number of new coronavirus infections in Germany has increased by 8,685 in the past 24 hours.

  • The Australian city of


    reports zero new positive tests on Monday for the first time since June.

    The state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, has the most infections in all of Australia.

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