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Mayors of four major cities again call for relaxation outside


The four major cities are once again making "an urgent appeal" to the cabinet to reopen the terraces and other outdoor spaces.

The mayors of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht announced this on Sunday.



"In densely populated areas, residents desperately need the outdoor spaces. They also appropriate these when the weather improves. This makes enforcement unfeasible and the local authority unwillingly confronts its own residents."



Last Friday, Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, already urged to reopen terraces and zoos, so that parks become less crowded.

The mayors of the other major cities rallied behind this.

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Universities


of applied sciences

hold April 26 to open further

The Association of Universities of Applied Sciences currently assumes that universities of applied sciences will be able to open their doors again to students on April 26, a spokesman said.

On Sunday, after consultation of the cabinet and experts in the Catshuis, it became clear that the planned relaxation of the corona measures will be postponed for a week from April 21 to April 28.

The reopening of the colleges was already scheduled for April 26.



The opening on April 26 was announced separately, regardless of the possible other relaxation, such as the opening of the terraces and the abolition of the curfew.

And so the association assumes that the postponed relaxation does not apply to educational institutions.



The cabinet does not want to say on Sunday which easing will probably come on April 28.

Relaxations that are on the table are the opening of the terraces, the extension of the visitors regulation, the suspension of the curfew and the partial opening of higher vocational education and universities and further opening of shops.

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US sets record number of 4.63 million injections in day time


In the United States, about 4.63 million doses of corona vaccine were administered on Saturday.

That is a new record, reports Cyrus Shahpar, who is responsible for the corona data at the White House.

The previous record in the United States was dated the Saturday before, when 4.1 million injections were taken.



According to data from the US health authority CDC, 183 million vaccines have already been administered in the country.

About 45 percent of adults have already received at least one shot and 27 percent have already been fully vaccinated.

In the US, Johnson & Johnson vaccines are also already being administered, which, unlike those from Moderna and BioNTech / Pfizer, only require one dose to be protected against the virus.

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Cathuis consultation decides to extend corona measures


The planned reopening of terraces and the end of the curfew were planned for April 21, but the outcome of the Catshuis consultation today is different.

The easing will in any case be postponed until April 28.

The reason for the delay is that the peak of the third wave is not over yet. 



According to medical experts, the corona figures have not fallen enough to lift the measures.

Hospitals in particular raised the alarm after sources from The Hague confirmed that the cabinet was playing with this idea. 



Today's corona numbers show that the number of positive tests is 19 percent higher than the average for the past seven days.

There are 788 corona patients on the ICs.



Read more

here

about the decision of the Catshuis consultation that is being held between members of the caretaker cabinet, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and the RIVM.

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What about the corona virus in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom?


Care in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom is "hardly equal" to the large number of admissions of corona patients, outgoing State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Public Health) wrote in a letter to the House last week.

Curaçao in particular is facing great pressure on healthcare.

What about the corona situation on the island, and how are things in Aruba and St. Maarten?

Read on

here

.

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Significantly more new positive tests (8,288) than average (6,964)


On Saturday, RIVM reported 8,288 new positive tests, more than 1,300 more than the average of the past seven days (6,964).

At the end of last month, the number of new positive tests also rose once above eight thousand: on March 27, 8,868 new infections were detected.

That was the largest number since January 7.



It is possible that the Easter weekend has played a role in the increasing number of infections in the past week.

During these holidays, fewer people probably had themselves tested, which is reflected, for example, in the relatively low infection figures on Monday (5,341).

On Thursday and Friday, that number already rose to well over seven thousand.



Another seventeen people died from the effects of the virus.

Not all of these patients have died in the past 24 hours;

there may be a delay between the reporting date and the date of death.

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Number of corona patients admitted up again


For the first time in days, the number of corona patients in hospitals is rising again.

The number of patients admitted has increased by 26 to 2,517, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) on Sunday.



In the three days before that, 67 beds were released for corona patients.

The number of patients admitted is still significantly higher than a week ago, when there were a total of 2,317 corona patients in the hospitals.



Intensive care patients now treat 788 corona patients.

That's one more than on Saturday, when three were added.

On Friday, the number of IC patients fell by fourteen.

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Fieldlab proposes to allow seating events again 'as soon as possible'.


Allow events where the public has to be seated and with a maximum audience

occupancy

of 50 percent as soon as possible.

That is the main recommendation based on the first two Fieldlab Events: a conference in the Beatrix Theater and a performance by Guido Weijers.

Read on

here

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Dozens of fines and police report for noise nuisance at illegal party in Rheezerveen


In the Overijssel hamlet of Rheezerveen, 51 visitors to an illegal party were fined on Saturday evening for violating the curfew.

The organizer received a police report for noise nuisance, police reports on Facebook.



The police received a report of noise nuisance around 10 p.m. on Saturday.

It was also indicated that a party was possibly going on at a house on the Rheezerveenseweg.

Once arrived, officers saw a large party tent next to a house and heard loud music.



The agents have ended the party.

The visitors were predominantly in their twenties, according to the police.

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Again crowds at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle


Despite the request not to come to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, the British returned to the royal residences on Sunday.

Hundreds of people stopped by to lay down flowers in tribute to Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday, and to offer their condolences to his wife, Queen Elizabeth.



The palace had asked not to come to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle due to the corona situation.

Instead of buying flowers, they were asked to make a donation to charity as a tribute to Philip.

An online condolence register was also opened.

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Police throws visitors of illegal party in Asten on the coupon


Fourteen visitors of an illegal party in the night from Saturday to Sunday in Asten in Brabant had to pay for it with a fine.

They got a ticket for breaking the curfew.

The owner of the shed in which the party took place also received a ticket, in this case for causing noise nuisance.

The police have ended the party.



The festival was held in a business building on Dijkstraat.

Around 1 a.m., police officers saw several cars parked at a house on that street.

There were also people in the parking lot.

When the officers went to take a look, they heard loud music coming from one of the company sheds near the house.

More agents then arrived on the scene.



It turned out that a party was going on in the shed.

In the room there was, among other things, a tap and music installation.

When they saw the agents, several visitors fled.

The police indicate that illegal parties could lead to further spread of the corona virus, resulting in more infected people and even greater pressure on healthcare.

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Daily record:


400,000 vaccination

appointments scheduled

in one day. 400,000 vaccination

appointments were made

in one day;

a record, according to the umbrella GGD.

Dutch people born between 1949 and 1951 could digitally schedule an appointment from Saturday.

The GGD writes that massive response has been given to this call.

Many Dutch people also immediately planned a second injection.

Vaccination appointments record!

400,000 appointments in 1 day.

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More than half of corona patients still have serious complaints six months after admission


More than half of corona patients admitted to hospital are still affected by the infection six months after admission, according to research by the GGD Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Amsterdam UMC.

Three months after admission, four out of five admitted patients appear to still have problems, a spokesperson for the GGD confirms after reporting by 

Het Parool

.

Read on

here

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Investigate whether people with 'old' infection only need one shot


Menno de Jong, virologist at the Amsterdam UMC and also OMT member, will investigate whether people who were infected with the corona virus more than six months ago only need one vaccination .

He says that in an interview with

AT5

.



People who have tested positive for corona in the past six months can recently say when making an appointment for vaccination that they only want to make one more appointment for an injection.

People who were infected more than six months ago must now receive two more vaccinations.



For the study that De Jong is talking about, 170 people are vaccinated.

“On the one hand, we can see whether the one-off vaccination is good for everyone, according to the current advice, regardless of whether you are old or young, or perhaps have another disease. A year ago, during the first wave. If so, the advice of the Health Council could actually be extended to people who were infected longer ago. "

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Man in Belgium dies in clogging attempt after raid on corona party


A 21-year-old man in Antwerp died on the night from Saturday to Sunday after climbing out of a window to hide from the police, who had come to the scene to end a corona party .

The man crawled out of the window and fell down, writes

Nieuwsblad

.



The Belgian is said to have been in a room with seven others on the top floor of a hotel.

The police received several reports of noise nuisance.

The hotel staff would also have spoken to the group in vain.



Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever is shocked to the incident and expresses his condolences to the victim's family.

"The death of such a young person painfully confronts us with the consequences of long lockdown periods on mental well-being, especially young people," says

Nieuwsblad

.



An investigation has been initiated into the incident.

The other hotel guests, the hotel staff and the police officers involved were severely affected and were received by victim support.

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RKI: 15 percent of Germans have received first dose of corona vaccine


Some 15 percent of Germans have now received a first dose of corona vaccine, reports the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), the German counterpart of the RIVM.

According to the RKI, 12.7 million people have received at least the first dose.

About 4.9 million people (5.9 percent) have already had both injections.



The pace of the German vaccination program has increased considerably since GPs started to vaccinate against the corona virus.

Last Thursday, more than 700,000 people could be vaccinated in one day.

In most states, the GPs started injecting on Wednesday.

Throughout the Federal Republic, more than 35,000 practices participate in the vaccination campaign.



It is expected, however, that the pace of the vaccination program will decrease again as the supply of vaccines decreases.

It is expected that temporarily fewer doses will be delivered to GP practices in Germany by mid-April.

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Police end party in Naaldwijk, 40 arrests Police


officers put an end to an illegal party in a shed on Opstalweg in Naaldwijk, South Holland in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

All partygoers present, about 40 people, have been arrested because they did not want to leave, says a police spokeswoman.



The officers heard loud music in the shed around 0.30 am during a surveillance and suspected an illegal party.

They called for reinforcements.

Upon seeing the officers, the 62-year-old resident warned those present, who fled a garden house and refused to open the doors.

The door was then forced by the officers.



The revelers did not want to listen to the directions of the police and ignored the corona measures.

That is why they were arrested.

"These are people between the ages of 19 and 29," said the police.

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France passes five million positive tests


In France, five million positive corona

tests

have been administered since the start of the corona pandemic, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

France is only the fourth country to cross the border, after India, Brazil and the United States.



More than 98,000 inhabitants in the country died with COVID-19.

France is currently in a severe lockdown.

There is a curfew from 7pm and residents are not allowed to move more than 6 miles from their home.

Schools will be closed for more than two weeks and non-essential stores will also be closed.

On Saturday, the country reported more than 43,000 positive tests.

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South Korea no longer uses AstraZeneca at thirty minutes


South Korea has resumed the injection process with AstraZeneca on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the country, just like several EU countries did before, stopped the injection process with the drug after rare thrombosis symptoms appeared in people who had recently been vaccinated with the drug.



Now that it has been determined to be an extremely rare side effect of the vaccine, several countries have resumed injections, with or without an age stop.

South Korea is also joining that row of countries.

Residents under the age of 30 will receive a different vaccine.

Incidentally, the European regulator EMA has concluded that the benefits of the vaccine are many times greater than the risk of the very rare side effect. 


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Catshuis consultation about lifting curfew and reopening terraces


Part of the cabinet will meet in the Catshuis on Sunday to discuss the corona approach with RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel, among others.

According to insiders, there are some relaxation on the table, but from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) there are concerns that these

relaxations will come too early

because the pressure on healthcare is increasing. 



This week it came out that the cabinet

wants to reopen the terraces on 21 April

and to lift the curfew, if the figures allow it.

The cabinet also wants students in higher education to be able to physically attend lectures again.

They must then be tested in advance and adhere to the corona rules, such as keeping a distance of 1.5 meters.



More may also be possible for shops, but insiders were more likely to doubt whether this relaxation will make it to the finish line.

They also pointed out that shops can already receive customers by appointment or have items picked up.



No formal decisions will be taken on Sunday.

On Tuesday, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge will hold a press conference again.

They will then unfold a plan to gradually reopen society.

De Jonge warned on Friday in the RTL program

BEAU

for

too much optimism

.

He did not want to anticipate Tuesday's decision-making.

"But I would like to add that we are not going to do stupid things for healthcare."

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Hospitals are now also forced to postpone heart and cancer operations


Due to the further scaling down of regular care, some of the hospitals in the Netherlands have had to postpone heart and cancer operations,

de Volkskrant

writes on 

 Sunday after a tour of hospitals and IC heads.

To date, hospitals have mainly postponed operations for problems that do not pose an acute health risk to the patient, such as knee and hip operations.



However, according to IC chairman Diederik Gommers,

open heart surgery and some cancer treatments

must now also

be postponed.

"Actually, you cannot postpone those operations for longer than six weeks. We had said that we do not want to scale them down, but we are now at the point where we can no longer deliver," said Gommers in conversation with the newspaper.

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Why Hungary was able to vaccinate one in three adults and Bulgaria almost no one


Hungary and Malta are the EU Member States that vaccinate citizens the fastest against COVID-19.

Almost one in three adults in Hungary has already had their first injection.

This is in stark contrast to Bulgaria, which does not get the vaccination program off the ground and is the last one in terms of shot speed.

Readers of our discussion platform NUjij wondered why this difference is so great.

Read

how it works

here

.

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France extends period between first and second injection 


France is going to extend the period between the first and second dose of corona vaccines.

Now there is still four weeks between the first and second injection, but from April 14 it will be six weeks.

For example, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran hopes to speed up the vaccination campaign, he announced in

Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday

.

Extending the time between doses will not affect the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. 



In France, the vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca are injected.

The latter will also be made available from Monday to everyone over 55 years old, including people outside the high-risk groups.

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Dozens of flights to Aruba, mostly American tourists


Aruba has the largest number of planes landing at the airport in one day on Saturday since the start of the corona pandemic.

More than thirty aircraft are expected to arrive on the island, good for more than 3,500 passengers.



It mainly concerns American tourists who are allowed to enter the country with a negative PCR test.

Aruba has always been very popular with tourists from the United States.

The Aruban airport authority expects passenger numbers on the island to continue to rise as the demand for air travel in the US market grows again and more Americans have been vaccinated.

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