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Many flights from London canceled after a government flight ban. Many flights from London have been canceled

at the sites of Schiphol and KLM.

On the KLM site it concerns eight flights.

Schiphol also reports canceled flights from EasyJet.

The exact impact of the travel ban is still being investigated by the airport. 

The mutation of the coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom has probably also been identified in the Netherlands.

To prevent further spread of the new variant, the cabinet has imposed a ban on air traffic with passengers from the United Kingdom.

This took effect on Sunday at 6 a.m. and applies until January 1.

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Schiphol reports on Twitter that all flights from the United Kingdom have been canceled since 6 a.m. this morning.

This is due to the travel ban the Dutch cabinet has instituted due to a mutation of the corona virus.

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It is still unclear what exactly the cabinet's ban on air traffic from the United Kingdom means for KLM flights.

Passengers are advised to keep an eye on the flight details on the KLM site.

As from Sunday 20 Dec 6:00 AM, there is a travel ban on passenger flights from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands.

Flights are suspended until at least 1 January 00:00 AM.

Travelers are advised to contact their airline or to visit for more information


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Record number of infections in South Korea

In South Korea, 1,097 new corona

infections have been

detected in the past 24 hours.

Never before has the daily number been so high in the country.

Part of the new infections is due to a virus outbreak in a prison in the capital Seoul in which 185 people were infected.

It is the fifth day that there are more than 1,000 infections per day.

Due to the recent outbreaks of infection in the country, it is feared that there are too few hospital beds.

The country set an example internationally thanks to an aggressive testing policy at the beginning of the pandemic.

While other countries went into lockdown, South Korea managed to keep the number of infections in check.

In total, in South Korea (more than 51 million inhabitants) COVID-19 has been detected in nearly 50,000 people so far.

647 people have died from the effects of the virus.

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Fauci reassures children in the US: "Santa is vaccinated"


Fauci, the immunologist who advises US governments on the corona virus, among other things, reassured children in the US on Saturday.

He announced that he personally went to the North Pole to vaccinate Santa Claus.


Fauci reassures children in US: 'Santa has been vaccinated'

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New strain of British coronavirus probably also found in the Netherlands

The mutation of the corona virus that was recently discovered in the United Kingdom was probably also found in the Netherlands at the beginning of December.

The Ministry of Health writes that on Saturday evening.

From Sunday morning, a

flight ban will apply

to all travelers from the UK.

From a sampling of a case in the Netherlands at the beginning of December, a virus with the variant as described in the United Kingdom was found, the cabinet reports.

This sampling will be further investigated.

The GGD looks at who it is, how they became infected and whether more related cases are known.

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Hundreds of farmers hand out 'comfort packages' with four hundred Christmas-like tractors.

Under the motto "

farmers bring relief in dark days

", hundreds of farmers in North Holland stepped on their tractor on Saturday to distribute Christmas packages.

The farmers wanted to help residents who had had a difficult year.

Initiator Ad Baltus tells in conversation with Hart van Nederland that the packages are mainly filled with food.

"Fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, candies and a stuffed animal," the TV show quotes.

Dairy producer FrieslandCampina is said to have sponsored the cuddly toys, among other things.

The farmers are said to have visited residents of Alkmaar, Heerhugowaard, Schagen and the Beemster who are struggling.

According to local media, the actions attracted a lot of attention.

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Youp van 't Hek:' New Year's

Eve conference

will continue as usual '

Comedian Youp van' t Hek is going to do a

New Year's Eve conference

after all.

He said that Saturday night in the TV program Even till here.

In the program, the online audience was asked whether the Van 't Hek show would continue.

Most viewers thought so, after which the comedian confirmed the news.

Incidentally, it is not yet clear in what form the New Year's Eve conference will take place, and whether there will be an audience.

The Van 't Hek management was not available for comment on Saturday evening.

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The most important corona news of Saturday December 19


  • Experts say that although corona numbers are on the rise, there are hardly any reinfections.

    Dutch people who became infected during the first corona wave do not have to worry, according to the doctors.

  • The RIVM reports 12,282 new positive corona tests on Saturday.

    That is again considerably more than the average in the past seven days (10,053).

    It is not clear whether the figures have been influenced by the latest IT malfunction at RIVM.

  • In total, 2,065 corona patients are now in the hospital, 31 more than Friday, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).

    560 of them are in intensive care units (ICs), 11 more than Friday.

  • Actor Bram van der Vlugt has died at the age of 86 from the consequences of the corona virus.

    Van der Vlugt was best known for his role as Sinterklaas.

  • The risk level with regard to corona infections is 'very serious' throughout the Netherlands from Saturday.

    Until now, the risk level was 'serious' in the security regions of Zeeland, Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe.

    The upscaling to 'very serious' has to do with the rapid increase in the number of corona infections in those regions.


  • India has passed the 10 million registered corona infections mark, according to official government data.

    This means that the country has the largest number of known virus cases worldwide after the United States.

    Since the start of the corona pandemic, the country has registered more than 145,000 corona deaths.

  • As expected, the American drug watchdog FDA approved the corona vaccine from the American pharmaceutical company Moderna on Friday.

    The US is the first country to use the drug.

    5.9 million doses are available.

  • Corona measures in London and in the south and east of England will be tightened from Sunday, due to a new variant of the corona virus that appears to be spreading in the area.

    Non-essential stores should close, as well as indoor entertainment venues.

    People are only allowed on the street in groups of no more than two.

  • The Swiss drug authority Swissmedic approved the corona vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech on Saturday.

    Previously, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada approved the vaccine through an emergency procedure.

  • It remained quiet in Belgian shopping cities.

    According to the police, Antwerp experienced a "pleasantly pleasant" shopping day without large crowds.

    It also remained quiet in coastal towns such as Knokke.

    Belgium feared that the Dutch would move to Belgian shopping cities for Christmas shopping in the last weekend before Christmas, now that the Netherlands has been locked again and most shops are closed.

    Read here an overview of measures per country during the holidays.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (71) has kicked off the vaccination campaign in his country by being the first to be vaccinated against corona on television.

    Together with health minister Yuli Edelstein, he was given the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech in the live broadcast.

  • The health situation of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has tested positive for the corona virus, is stable.

    He shows the same symptoms of corona as Friday, namely fatigue and headaches.

    The president also underwent a medical examination.

    Nothing worrying was found.

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