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'Some OMT members considered resigning due to political pressure'

A number of members of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) have considered resigning in the past year due to pressure from politics, writes

De Volkskrant

, who has five members of the advisory body follow the.

The scientists tell the newspaper that they have felt in the past year that they cannot give independent advice due to certain actions of politicians.

Consultation in the Catshuis in particular turned out to be a stumbling block.

Previously, new measures were already discussed in the Catshuis consultation, before the OMT could issue an advice.

Because the OMT only met afterwards, some OMT members got the feeling that certain measures had already been precluded by politicians.

RIVM director Jaap van Dissel eventually intervened and moved the meetings of the OMT from Monday to Friday, so that the scientists could meet on Sunday for the Sunday Catshuis meeting. 

In a written response to the newspaper, RIVM stated that 'RIVM and OMT learn from the crisis on a daily basis and continuously improve what must and can be done better'.

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New rules in force for international travelers

Passenger flights from the United Kingdom, South Africa and all of South America will be banned from the Netherlands from Saturday.

Earlier this week, the cabinet announced stricter measures for travelers, in an attempt to reduce the corona virus, and especially the new variants.

Travelers coming from high-risk areas must be able to provide the negative result of a rapid test.

They must have these taken no more than four hours before departure, in addition to the already mandatory so-called PCR test.

This obligation does not apply to travelers from the Caribbean part of the Netherlands and a number of safe countries.

Certain groups of travelers from outside the European Union no longer enter the country for the time being.

For example, business travelers, students, highly skilled migrants, people from the cultural sector and people with a relationship with someone in the Netherlands cannot come to our country for a short stay.

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Discussing Corona with children: 'Do it like sex education'

The street scene has been filled with mouth masks for months, children and parents are sitting at home and whoever turns on the television is immediately confronted with an unprecedented crisis.

And the end is not yet in sight.

What impact does this have on young children?

NU.nl spoke 

with experts


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Germany reports 16,417 new positive tests

In Germany, 16,417 new positive tests and 879 corona-related deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

This is reported by the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), the German equivalent of the RIVM.

This brings the total number of infections in Germany to 2,122,679.

Germany has 51,521 deceased COVID-19 patients.

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WHO: Fabric masks still effective against virus

Even with new mutants of the coronavirus circulating, fabric masks are still effective at preventing the virus from spreading.

The health organization WHO reported this on Friday, adding that it has no plans to adjust the recommendations.

"The fabrics, non-surgical masks, can be used by anyone under the age of 60 who has no particular health problems," said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO responsible for dealing with the pandemic.

"In regions where the virus is circulating, people have to wear them when they are packed together and it becomes impossible to keep at least 1 meter away from others. And also in poorly ventilated areas."

Germany and Austria mandated the wearing of surgical masks in shops and public transport earlier this week.

"Countries are free to take measures they deem necessary," said Van Kerkhove.

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Strict quarantine for thousands of Hong Kong

residents Thousands

of Hong Kong

residents were ordered to stay in their homes on Saturday due to a lockdown first instituted in the Chinese city.

The restrictions were imposed by authorities due to a COVID-19 outbreak in one of the poorest and most densely populated areas of the metropolis.

The residents are only allowed to leave their accommodation if they can submit a negative corona test.

Officials said they plan to test everyone within designated housing blocks within 48 hours, "to reach the target of zero cases in the district."

According to

The South China Morning Post

, the measures apply to approximately 150 residential blocks in which roughly nine thousand people live.

Hundreds of police officers are standing by to enforce the lockdown, according to the newspaper.

Hong Kong was one of the first places to be affected by the coronavirus after corona outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019.

In the past year, the total number of infections in Hong Kong has remained below ten thousand, about 170 people died from the effects of the infection.

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More than 150 National Guard reservists infected during inauguration

At least 150 US National Guard soldiers who were called to guard Washington during the inauguration of new President Joe Biden have been tested positive for the coronavirus or are in quarantine in hotels. 

The leadership of the National Guard has not disclosed the total number of infections, but guards and politicians fear

that their presence in the American capital could become a '

superspreader event


, according to the American site



According to a government official, between 150 and 200 troops have been infected so far.

Many thousands of guards were on their feet in Washington on Wednesday.

The US capital had turned into a fortress in the aftermath of the recent storming of the Capitol.

There had already been dissatisfaction with the circumstances in which the guards had to do their work and the risk of contamination that came with it.

For example, the troops were initially allowed to rest in the Capitol, but had to move temporarily to an unheated parking garage on Thursday afternoon because it was getting busier again in the parliament building.

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No pleasure trips from and to Belgium for more than four weeks From

27 January to 1 March, Belgium bans recreational and tourist trips abroad for its own residents.

During the same period, holidaymakers from other countries are not welcome in Belgium.

“We are taking this drastic measure to protect the current favorable situation in our country by erecting a number of dams, defenses,” said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo after the Consultation Committee of the six governments.

Only essential trips are allowed, for example for frontier workers, for medical treatment or for urgent business or family reasons.

As of Monday, travelers entering the country from the UK, South Africa or South America for 'essentials' must be quarantined for ten days upon arrival, with a mandatory so-called PCR test on the first day and another on the seventh day.

"We know that contagious variants of the corona virus are present in those countries," said De Croo.

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The most important corona news of Friday, January 22.


  • The

    EU countries

    will not


    unnecessary travel

    , even though, according to outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte, these trips are "downright anti-social".

  • Chief of Police of the National Police

    Henk van Essen

    says there will be no more warnings if people willfully violate the corona rules.

    He is referring to the curfew that will be introduced on Saturday.

  • Last week, an estimated

    3,850 people died

    in the Netherlands

    , 500 more than usual at this time of the year.

  • The

    final test at primary schools

    must continue this year, according to the Education Inspectorate.

  • Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure) opened the door on Friday for


    to avoid having to comply with the upcoming rapid test requirement.

  • Public transport companies

    will hardly adjust their schedules to the curfew that applies from Saturday.

  • In the past 24 hours,

    5,791 positive corona tests have

    been reported to

    the RIVM


    That is more than the average over the past

    seven days (5,318)


  • After a decrease of two days, the number of corona patients admitted in the Netherlands has increased slightly by fourteen.

    There are now

    a total of 2,354 patients

    with the coronavirus in the hospital, reports the National Coordination Center for Patients Distribution (LCPS).


  • Anyone who

    goes to a lockdown party



    can be fined

    800 pounds (900 euros)

    from next week


  • Travelers arriving in the

    United States

    by plane

    must then be quarantined.

  • According to 

    The Times newspaper

     , the Japanese government wants to

    cancel the Olympic Games again

    this year


    The newspaper cites sources within the coalition.

    Instead of this year, the country would like to organize the Games in 2032.

  • Exactly a week ago,

    an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck

    in the

    Indonesian province of West Sulawesi


    The corona pandemic makes the rescue operation

    a lot more difficult

    than other operations, Jan Gelfand, coordinator of the Red Cross in Indonesia, tells NU.nl.

  • Hungary

    is the first EU member state to purchase the Russian corona vaccine Sputnik V.

    According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, this involves three deliveries.

  • Israel

    vaccinated a record 224,000 people against the corona virus on Thursday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein writes on Twitter.

  • Belgium

    bans recreational and tourist travel abroad for its own residents from 27 January to 1 March.

    During the same period, holidaymakers from other countries are not welcome in Belgium.

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