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Number of corona patients in hospitals rises sharply

For the third day in a row, the number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals increases.

They are currently treating 1,984 people because of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

That's the largest number since February 10.

The number of corona patients in hospitals has increased by 73 last 24 hours, the largest one-day increase since the beginning of January.

Since Saturday, the number of corona patients admitted has increased by 175. "This comes at a time when the British variant of the coronavirus is taking over. We expect the number of patients in hospitals to increase further in the coming period," reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution. (LCPS).

There are now 1,444 corona patients on the nursing wards, 69 more than Monday.

The pressure in intensive care is fairly stable.

There are currently 540 people with COVID-19, four more than the previous day.

That number has fluctuated between 500 and 550 for weeks.

Hospitals have admitted 280 new corona patients last 24 hours.

That is the largest number since January 19.

In the past week, an average of 208 people were admitted per day.

In contrast to these recordings, 207 corona beds were released last 24 hours.

It is not known how many of these patients recovered and how many died.

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RIVM will only know in three weeks whether new relaxations are sensible

It will take only three weeks to see the first effect of the relaxation of the corona rules announced by the cabinet.

Until then, it is

wise to wait with further relaxation

, says RIVM epidemiologist Susan van den Hof on Tuesday in conversation with NU.nl.

"After three weeks you see the first effects, then you know which way it can go. But then you do not yet know what the full effect of a measure can be", says Van den Hof.

According to her, it is "very wise to first look at how the situation develops, before even thinking about further easing".

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Years after the first corona infection in Morocco: what is the situation now?

A year ago, the first corona infection was diagnosed in Morocco.

The country now has almost 484,000 infections and more than 8,600 deaths.

How is the situation now?

Read on



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European regulator to rule on Janssen vaccine on 11 March

The European medicines agency (EMA) in Amsterdam will examine the corona vaccine of the Janssen company in Leiden on 11 March.

On that day, the supervisor EMA will organize an extraordinary meeting of its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).

The goal is to conclude the evaluation on efficacy and safety, if possible, according to EMA about the vaccine from Janssen, a subsidiary of the American pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

If the EMA's opinion is positive, the expectation is that the European Commission in Brussels will grant a license shortly afterwards.

The European Union has agreements with Johnson & Johnson to purchase 200 million doses, with an option for an additional 200 million.

The Netherlands has ordered more than 11 million doses.

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More than sixty rioters on Museumplein in court

More than sixty suspects in the riots in January on Amsterdam's Museumplein have been summoned by the Public Prosecution Service to appear in court.

Of the 40 adult men who have now been tried, 31 have been convicted.

Most were given an unconditional prison sentence of several weeks, the OM reports Tuesday.

The judge in Amsterdam acquitted two suspects and seven cases were arrested because the judge still wanted to hear officers or witnesses.

The OM has currently appealed in six cases.

The suspects are on trial on suspicion of open violence and disobeying an order from the police.

They are men with ages ranging from 18 to 71 years, but according to the OM, they are mainly in their twenties and thirties.

Only fourteen men live in Amsterdam, the others come from the provinces of North and South Holland, Utrecht, Friesland, Drenthe, Gelderland, North Brabant and Zeeland.

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The municipality of Amsterdam sees itself (again) forced to close the Vondelpark due to crowds.

That happened almost every day for the past week.

⚠️ It is too busy in the Vondelpark again.

We will close the park temporarily and only allow people to leave the park ⛔ Avoid crowded places ↔️ Keep 1.5 meters away #StayHome #AvoidDressed


Avatar Author Municipality of Amsterdam Moment of places 16: 21 - 2 March 2021

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Rotterdam forgives part of the rent for shopkeepers

The municipality of Rotterdam is meeting shopkeepers and other entrepreneurs who have suffered a lot of financial damage due to the lockdown.

Because it has been taking so long now, entrepreneurs can get 25 to 50 percent of the rent for their business premises back, depending on how badly things are going, Alderman Bas Kurvers (Bouwen en Wonen) announced on Tuesday.

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More than million people have had first coronavirus

More than a million Dutch people have now received a first dose of a vaccine against the corona virus.

The number of first injections rose to 1,004,757 last week.

This is reported by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

331,671 of them have already received a second dose, which should protect them against the virus at least for the time being.

In the past week, 209,431 people have received a first injection.

In addition, 112,958 people received the repeat injection.

NU.nl has recorded

the vaccination process in five graphs


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Corona death

on Schiermonnikoog

for the first time A resident of Schiermonnikoog has died of the corona virus for the first time.

The Wadden Island, the smallest municipality in the country, was one of the four municipalities where the virus had not yet claimed any lives.

Now Ameland, Vlieland and Rozendaal are the only municipalities without corona deaths.

Due to their location, the Wadden Islands were spared for a long time in the outbreak of COVID-19.

Schiermonnikoog was the last municipality to be diagnosed with the corona virus in October.

However, the island has been struggling with an outbreak since mid-February.

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Belgium is also inclined to vaccinate the elderly with AstraZeneca vaccine

Belgium will probably vaccinate the elderly with the AstraZeneca corona



When the vaccine was approved by the EU at the end of January, Belgium intended the vaccine for people under 55 because there was not enough evidence that it works well in the elderly.

In the Netherlands, only people under 65 receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

But in Scotland and Israel, the vaccination of the elderly is going so well that Belgium can let go of the age limit, according to the Belgian Superior Health Council, according to VTM Nieuws.

France decided on Monday to use the vaccine for people under 75.

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RIVM reports 4,032 positive tests, less than the weekly average (4,569)

. More than four thousand tests have been registered at RIVM in the past 24 hours.

That is less than the average for the last seven days (4,569).

The health institute also reported 66 deaths, but not all of these patients died in the past 24 hours: there may be a delay between the date of death and the reporting date.

According to the experts, the outlook for the coming weeks is "not yet good".

This is because the reproduction



all virus

variants have increased significantly, and so more Dutch people are becoming infected.

Last week, 7 percent more infections were reported compared to one week earlier.

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Other pharmaceutical companies assist in production of vaccines

The American pharmaceutical company Merck will help industry colleague Johnson & Johnson (J&J) by helping to make its corona vaccine.

US President Joe Biden will announce this on Tuesday, writes

The Washington Post

The production of the J&J vaccine at subsidiary Janssen in Leiden was delayed.

The vaccine was approved in the United States last week, so in an effort to speed things up, a deal was struck with Merck.

The pharmaceutical company will provide two US factories, one for filling and packaging the vaccines and the other for manufacturing, potentially doubling J & J's capacity. 

Collaborations between pharmaceutical companies in the field of vaccine production are popular.

In recent weeks, it was announced that Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline will help the German CureVac, and Sanofi is doing so with Pfizer / BioNTech.

That vaccine will also be produced by the Swiss company Novartis.

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Koolmees excludes separate support scheme for sex workers 

A separate support scheme for sex workers, who, unlike other contact professions, cannot yet provide services, is "not feasible" according to Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs. 

Due to the special legal position, according to Koolmees, it is not feasible to make a special arrangement for sex workers.

"The tricky thing about this group is that they are not self-employed and are not employed," said the minister on Tuesday after crisis talks about corona. Koolmees points out that there are only generic support measures for people and companies.

"I can't do much for them, to be honest".

The minister refers those involved to the municipalities where they can apply for regular assistance.

Sex workers take action near the Lower House later on Tuesday afternoon, because they do not agree that they are not yet allowed to work.

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Pubs open their terrace for a short time on Tuesday

Pubs in Amsterdam and Breda, among others, opened their terraces for a short time on Tuesday.

They want to protest against the fact that they still have to stay closed because of the lockdown measures.

In Breda, café Boerke Verschuren, owned by entrepreneur Johan de Vos, opened on Tuesday around noon.

After the terrace filled up fairly quickly, De Vos had to close his terrace again, by order of the municipality.

Café Del Mondo opened the terrace in Amsterdam.

It has now also been closed there. 

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DI-RECT receives 25,500 euros to set up live stream concerts

The Hague band DI-RECT will receive

25,500 euros

from the Kickstart Cultuurfonds to set up live stream concerts.

The band is one of the 143 pop producers and 31 music stages that together receive almost 3.8 million euros from the Kickstart Cultuurfonds to make productions and stages corona proof.

DI-RECT bassist Bas van Wageningen has submitted an application for funding.

It is unknown how many live stream concerts the band can organize with the amount received.

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Austria does not want to be dependent on the EU for corona vaccines

Austria no longer wants to depend solely on the European Union for corona vaccines.

The country wants to work with Denmark and Israel to research and produce corona vaccines that also work well in infections with possible new virus variants, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said before his visit to Israel on Thursday.

Kurz said he was pleased with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who acted quickly in purchasing vaccines.

But Kurz believes that preparations should be made more quickly for even more dangerous variants of coronavirus.

Austrian experts think that six million Austrians must be vaccinated against COVID-19 every year, partly because of possible new variants.

"The pandemic will keep us busy for a long time," Kurz said on Twitter.

The chairman of the Austrian medicines agency told ÖRF-Radio that it is important to produce the vaccines locally.

Austria is thus well prepared for future pandemics.

A spokesman for the European Commission says that the member states are responsible for their vaccination strategy and that it has always been and remains possible to conclude contracts with third parties.

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87 deaths after coronaprik reported, nothing points to a pattern

Adverse reaction center Lareb has so far received 87 reports of deaths following the administration of a corona vaccine.

That's 22 more than a week ago.

The center says it does not see a pattern of complaints that indicate serious side effects that could cause vaccine deaths.





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Radio 10 DJ Lex Gaarthuis is definitely not prosecuted for group insults and inciting discrimination against the Chinese.

In February last year, he played the song Prevention is better than the Chinese, in which it is said that the outbreak of the virus is to be blamed on "those stink-Chinese people".

(Photo: BrunoPress)

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Half a million Belgians vaccinated, but the number of infections is increasing

In Belgium, more than half a million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

314,319 of the 509,948 vaccinees have also had a second shot.

But the Belgians are not yet able to breathe a sigh of relief, because in the past week the number of infections increased by 12 percent compared to the week before.

An average of 2,395 infections were reported per day.

According to the Belgian virologist Steven Van Gucht, the increase can be explained by the beautiful weather.

Belgians stayed home less often during spring break than during previous holidays.

They also go to work more often.

And so the virus is spreading again.

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'High vaccination rate in the United Kingdom is very effective'

The world is open-mouthed to the vaccination rate in the United Kingdom.

Twenty million people have already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

To what extent is the huge number of vaccinations already bearing fruit?

We ask Tim de Wit, a correspondent in the United Kingdom for the 





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WHO does not recommend the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine

The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine should not be used to prevent COVID-19 and has no meaningful effect on patients infected with the virus, an expert panel from the WHO health organization concluded on Tuesday.

The anti-inflammatory drug should not be used in the fight against the pandemic and is "not worth it" to include in further research into corona treatments, the panel said.

The WHO panel bases its recommendation on six studies involving more than 6,000 participants, including people infected with the coronavirus and people who were not infected.

"The panel believes that this drug is no longer a research priority and that we should focus on evaluating other, more promising drugs to prevent COVID-19," the researchers said.

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Twitter will also provide misleading reports about vaccines with a warning

Twitter will now provide misleading reports about corona vaccines with a warning.

Users who post such tweets are repeatedly blocked temporarily and permanently banned from the social network after five times.

The American company has already deleted messages that contain false or misleading information about the virus if they can cause damage.

More than 8,400 of such tweets have now been deleted.

With more and more countries using different vaccines, people are increasingly looking for authoritative information about the pandemic, Twitter explains the tightened policy.

It therefore draws extra attention to messages referring to it.

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The most important corona news of Monday, March 1.


  • On Monday, the RIVM reported 

    3,826 new positive corona tests

    , considerably less than the average of the past seven days (4,545).

    Another 22 people died from the effects of the virus.

  • For

    the second day in a row

    , the number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals rose.

    On Monday, 1,911 corona patients were treated in hospital.

  • Chairman Ernst Kuipers of the National Acute Care Network (LNAZ) sees

    no room for further relaxation

     of the measures

    from the perspective of hospitals 


    Mayors also say they see little room for relaxation.

  • Secondary schools

     have partly reopened from Monday.

    Pupils have been able to go to school at least one day a week since Monday.

  • No infections were detected during 

    Guido Weijers' test performance


    However, outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) finds it 


     to draw


    from the performance, because 20 percent of the visitors did not have themselves tested after the show.

  • Mayors do not see a possible 

    curfew during the elections

     , because many exceptions have to be made.


  • Within two weeks, the

    European Commission (EC)

    says it will come up

    with a plan for a 

    European vaccination


    The vaccination certificate must make free travel within the European Union possible again, says the EC.

  •  A stricter lockdown took effect

    in the 

    Czech Republic on


    Residents of the country are now also being subject to travel restrictions, while the factories remain open.

  • The

    president of Ghana

     publicly had himself vaccinated on Monday with the free corona vaccine



  • Japan




    to stop conducting anal corona tests on Japanese civilians. 

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