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'Thousands of people miss a diagnosis due to corona'

Thousands of Dutch people are walking around with a disease that has not been discovered as a result of the corona pandemic.

After the first corona wave, no catching up has been made in the number of diagnoses, according to new data from the Dutch Association for Pathology (NVVP).

Jos Bart, chairman of the NVVP, calls the figures in the



Bart: "This means that in the Netherlands there must be thousands of patients with a serious, possibly malignant disease, which has not yet been discovered. For a significant proportion of these patients there is a good treatment option, provided that treatment is not delayed too long. Further delay means that they only see a specialist at a more serious stage of their disease, which is unfavorable for the prognosis, which is something we are very concerned about. "

During the first corona wave, regular care at GPs and hospitals was put on the back burner.

Population screenings for cervical cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer were temporarily halted.

This has led to a sharp drop in the number of diagnoses, according to the figures of pathologists, who are engaged in making diagnoses based on tissue research.

"We had hoped that some catching up would be made. But after the first wave, a slow recovery has occurred to normal levels. After that came the second wave. The backlogs have never been made up," said Bart.

Since the start of the corona pandemic, This year, 15 percent fewer diagnoses were made than the average in the past five years, according to the pathology figures. This concerns both forms of cancer and other diseases, such as chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The lag is greatest in diseases that are detected by means of a population screening: more than 25 percent of the 'normal' number of diagnoses is missing for colon cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer.

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Daily record of 155 new positive tests on 


On Curaçao, 155 new positive corona tests were reported on Wednesday, another record.

The old record of 124 positive tests was reported on Tuesday.

In one day 621 people were tested and 27 people were declared cured.

There are now 1,433 active infections on the island.

Fourteen corona patients are in hospital, two of them in intensive care.

Seven people have died since March of this year, the government announced at the end of the afternoon on Wednesday.

Almost 15 percent of the population has now been tested on Curaçao;

more than 23,000 persons in a population of 160,000.

The island has seen a significant increase in the number of positive tests for several weeks.

The government wants parliament to pass an emergency law that gives the government the legal ability to enforce corona measures on the island.

If the law is passed, the police could, among other things, issue fines to people who fail to comply with curfew or other corona measures.

This is not possible in the current situation.

The opposition has a lot of criticism of the law for giving the government a lot of power in emergency situations.

Political parties speak of a dictatorship.

Nearly three thousand people have now signed a petition against the law.

But according to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, the government "needs the tools of the emergency law to fight the corona crisis."

Last Tuesday there was a whole day meeting about the law, that meeting will continue on Thursday morning (local time).

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Dutch ICs will exchange information on a large scale

Dutch intensive care units (ICs) will share data with each other on a large scale.

This concerns information from devices such as respirators, dialysis machines and diagnoses from patient files, IC doctors Diederik Gommers of Erasmus MC and Paul Elbers of Amsterdam UMC announced in the




Elbers explains that as an IC doctor you see 'only' a few hundred patients a year.

By exchanging data on a large scale, a doctor has information about thousands of patients.

As a result, better decisions can be made at the bedside.

"Every hour you make an enormous number of decisions", says Elbers.

"There is a lot of uncertainty with that."

In the future, algorithms based on the collected data may be able to help with those choices.

Computers could then predict, for example, when someone's blood pressure would drop, Gommers explains.

Nurses now have to constantly monitor a patient for this.

The plan was more or less born out of necessity due to the corona pandemic, as a result of which ICs very quickly started sharing a lot of data with each other.

According to Gommers, big data is already "widely used" in other sectors, but the health sector is generally "conservative".

Elbers also points to the competition that exists between hospitals.

But "corona took that away".

In the meantime, 45 of the 75 Dutch intensive care units have joined the collaboration, which will last for at least five years.

According to Gommers, health insurers support the plan because they expect the patient to benefit from it.

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The most important corona news of Wednesday December 2:


  • The police


    two student parties in Leiden 

    in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday


    According to the police, too many people had gathered in rooms that were too small. 

  • The

     farmer, grower and grower 



    sales to consumers

    since March.

    This concerns products ranging from flowers, lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes to cheese, potatoes, eggs and meat.

    Almost one in five households has bought directly from the producer this year, according to data from market researcher GfK on Wednesday.

  • Catering establishments

     in fifty cities and regions in the country

    threaten to reopen on January 17

    , even if that is not allowed.

    The entrepreneurs are giving up confidence in the cabinet.

  • The RIVM reports 

    4,942 new positive corona tests on Wednesday.

    That is almost a hundred more than the daily average of last week (4,850).

    In addition,

    66 corona-related deaths were also


    in the past 24 hours


  • The number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals fell again on Wednesday.

    There are currently

    1,606 patients with corona in hospitals

    , 77 fewer than on Tuesday.

    This is reported by the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).

  • At 


     beginning of February, the

    Ministry of Health (VWS) and the RIVM

    still had the impression that the

    corona virus was less deadly than the flu.

    RTL Nieuws reports this on Wednesday based on documents from the Ministry of Justice and Security that it requested on the basis of the Government Information (Public Access) Act.


  • Belgian stores

    are still allowed to have sales in January.

    The question was whether the annual clearance of the winter range could continue for next to nothing, because too much crowds could play into the hands of the corona virus.

  • On

    Tuesday evening,


    British parliament

    agreed to a system of cascading regional restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    This will end the national lockdown that the country introduced at the end of October from Wednesday.

  • On

    Tuesday, another record number of positive tests was registered



    : 124. A total of 1,305 people on the island have now been tested positive for the virus.

  • The organization behind the 


     is also committed to an event with an audience for the Oscar ceremony scheduled for April 25, Variety reports on Wednesday.

    At the location where the event will take place next year, several options have already been considered.

  • The 

    United Kingdom was

     the first country to approve Pfizer and BioNTech's corona vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday.

    The vaccine should be available from next week.

  • Germany 

    has consciously opted for a longer procedure to approve corona vaccines than the emergency process that the United Kingdom followed.

    That's important to boost confidence in vaccines, the country's Health Minister Jens Spahn said Wednesday.

  • If it were up to 


    , vaccinations against the corona virus will start on 5 January.

    That does depend on the approval of the European Union, says Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

  • In 


    , the corona measures are extended until January 10.

    Restaurants, museums and theaters, among others, remain closed in the lockdown that has now lasted a month.

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