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Pilot entrance

tests

will cost


the

Ministry hundreds of millions of euros

The

pilot entrance

tests, in which museums, zoos and theaters, among others, open their doors to visitors with a negative test result,

involve hundreds of millions of euros

.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health told the

NOS

on Saturday

that the project, which will run from April to the end of August, will cost a total of around 925 million euros.

This means that the entire organization, including the rapid tests made available by the government, will cost around 185 million euros per month.



On Wednesday, the leader of the organization of the pilot, Stichting Open Nederland, left

the Volkskrant

know that the project will cost around 700 million euros, excluding the costs for the access tests.

Both

de Volkskrant

and

NOS

do not want the parties involved to make a statement about the exact price that the government pays for the rapid tests, which are purchased from the commercial test provider Lead Healthcare.



After the pilot, it is the intention that the companies themselves arrange and pay for the preventive tests, writes the 

NOS

.

The price for a commercial quick test differs per provider and per quantity purchased, but quickly runs into tens of euros.

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En masse signing


of petition for tuition compensation The number of people who signed a petition for tuition compensation has tripled within a week.

At the beginning of this week, the counter was still at 5000 signatures, now there are more than 15,000.

The aim is 40,000 signatures to support an initiative proposal in the House of Representatives.



The petition is an initiative of the action group Compensate Tuition Fee NOW !.

That group believes that students should get a refund for the tuition they paid for 2020-2021.

According to them, the quality of education has fallen sharply due to the corona measures.

"We notice that it is becoming more popular among students. In addition to the many signatures, more than 250 people have also registered who want to actively support us," said spokesman Jerom Maat.



The group is in the process of collecting more signatures across the country.

In Groningen, Amsterdam and Utrecht, for example, local groups set to work.

Student experiences are collected to gain insight into the problems among young people.

For example, a student at a university of applied sciences was only taught for twenty minutes a week.

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Largest teaching hospital in Germany raises the alarm about third wave Germany


's largest teaching hospital, the Charité in Berlin, is very concerned about the course of the third wave of corona in the country.

The hospital has seen a lot more corona patients end up on its IC in the past two weeks and is afraid of defecting, says board member Martin Kreis.



At the beginning of this year, the Charité could no longer receive corona patients from outside Berlin on the IC, because it was almost full.

The hospital is now seeing an increase in the number of ICU patients between thirty and sixty years old.

People in this group are usually not yet vaccinated against COVID-19.



"If the numbers of critically ill COVID-19 patients exceed those of the second wave, we will be in a critical situation," said Kreis.

He also points out that, although most hospital employees have been vaccinated, many of them are exhausted by the corona crisis and suffer from mental complaints.

Germany has seen the number of lung virus infections increase in recent weeks.

More than 50 million corona tests have now been conducted in the country and the virus has been diagnosed in nearly three million people so far.

The country attributes more than 78,000 deaths to COVID-19.

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The government wants to find out through the first corona test events

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Mosques: Celebrate Ramadan at home with your family


The Contact Body for Muslims and Government (CMO), which represents 380 mosques in the Netherlands, calls on Muslims to celebrate Ramadan at home with the family and not to visit family and friends.

For the approximately million Muslims in the Netherlands, the fasting month of Ramadan starts this week, the second in times of corona.



The month of fasting starts this year around April 13;

Monday or Tuesday, that depends a bit on the position of the moon.

During the month of fasting, which lasts until mid-May, believing Muslims are not allowed to eat and drink during the day between sunrise and sunset.

The fast is broken in the evening with a meal.

Normally, this is celebrated with dozens of people, but it cannot take place now, just like last year.



"Ramadan is fun and good food, but that is not the essence. It is also a moment of reflection to come to yourself," says CMO board member Saïd Bouharrou.

He expects the Muslim community to adhere well to the corona measures, just like last year and he does not foresee any problems.



A few weeks ago, the CMO received signals that some mosques had plans to admit worshipers before curfews so that they could spend the night in the building.

"We didn't think that was a good idea within the CMO. We discussed it and the idea was abandoned," said Bouharrou.

The mosques are now closed anyway for the night prayer, which is held after 10 p.m. due to curfews.

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This is how the vaccination works: two million Dutch people have had the first injection


The RIVM has released new data on the vaccination program in the Netherlands.

See

this article

on the basis of five charts, the current situation regarding the vaccination process.

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The Netherlands is again dangling at the bottom of the list of EU countries in terms of vaccination speed


Although almost every second is shot and the outgoing cabinet has said several times that it wants to speed up the vaccination program, the Netherlands is again dangling at the bottom of the list of EU countries when it comes to vaccinations carried out.

This is evident from figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the RIVM.



Relatively fewer first shots were taken in six countries, while the percentage of fully vaccinated residents is even lower in only five countries.



The latest vaccination update from the RIVM shows that more than two million Dutch adults have had one injection, about 14.7 percent of the total of fourteen million adults who have to receive an injection.

5.7 percent - some 800,000 adults - have received a second dose.

The

European average

is higher: at 16.3 and 6.8 percent.

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People from 1949, 1950 and 1951 can make an injection appointment


People born in 1949, 1950 and 1951 can already schedule an injection appointment online from Saturday.

They will soon receive a letter with the invitation at home.

It concerns more than 500,000 people who receive the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

For this they can go to one of the more than eighty vaccination locations of the GGDs.



The umbrella organization, GGD GHOR Nederland, calls on people to make agreements online as much as possible.

"As more and more vaccine doses become available in the coming weeks, the rate of vaccination will be increased. In order to make the hundreds of thousands of appointments per week fast and smooth, making online appointments is indispensable."



The GGDs and GPs vaccinated nearly half a million people last week.

More than a million people a week will have to be vaccinated during May.

Outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wants every adult who wants to have at least a first injection by July.

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India continues to break records, approaching 150,000 positive tests per day


India reported more than 100,000 positive tests on Saturday for the fourth day in a row.

In the past 24 hours, 145,384 positive test results were registered.

The reported death toll was also alarming: 794 corona-related deaths have been reported as of Friday.

That is the largest increase in more than five months.



Since the start of the corona pandemic, 168,436 Indians have been killed, while more than 13.2 million residents tested positive.

Those figures will rise sharply in the coming weeks, as the country is hit by a heavy second corona wave.

Authorities blame the population for refusing to wear face masks and for meeting in groups too often.

Companies that have been able to return to work since February have had to close their doors again to curb the new wave.

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De Jonge tempering expectations of relaxation of corona measures


Outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wants to temper the expectations of possible relaxation of corona measures, he said on Friday evening in the RTL program 

BEAU

.

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US regulator sees no connection between Janssen vaccine and blood complaints


The health authorities in the United States do not yet see a clear connection between blood complaints and Janssen's corona vaccine.

The American drug regulator (FDA) reported this after it became known on Friday that someone who received the drug from Janssen and suffered from the same blood complaints that occur with the AstraZeneca vaccine has died.



In total, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), there are now four reports, three of which from the United States, of people who developed blood clots (thrombosis) and a low number of platelets (thrombocytopenia) after administration of the Janssen vaccine.



The US regulator says it is aware of "a few" cases in the United States.

"At this time, we have not found a causal relationship with vaccination and we are continuing our investigation and evaluation of these cases," the FDA said in a statement.

"Both conditions can have many different causes."

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Reproduction number falls to just below 1


The so-called reproduction number has dropped from just above 1 to just below 1 (0.96).

That is the first time since the end of February.

This means that the corona virus spreads slightly less quickly among the Dutch population and that the outbreak can slowly extinguish.

On Tuesday the figure was 1.01.



The reproduction number is calculated twice a week.

Every Tuesday and Friday, the figure will be posted on the government's corona dashboard.

It takes a few weeks before the number can be calculated;

Friday's figure refers to March 25.

On February 13, the reproduction number was 1.16, the highest level since the beginning of December.

The further the reproduction number is above 1, the more people become infected and the faster the virus spreads.

At the peak of the first wave a year ago, the reproduction number was 2.18.

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Pfizer / BioNTech wants vaccine approval for young people from the age of twelve


The manufacturers Pfizer and BioNTech want their corona vaccine to be approved for young people from the age of twelve.

They already filed a request in the United States with the responsible authority and will do so in the coming days with medicine watchdogs elsewhere in the world, according to the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer on Friday.



The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is now approved in the United States for use from age 16.

A clinical study in the age group of twelve to fifteen years has shown an effectiveness of 100 percent.

The vaccination was well tolerated.

The side effects were consistent with those in the 16 to 25-year-old age group, the companies report.



For safety reasons, the health of the 2,260 study participants in the US will be monitored for a further two years after the first shot with the vaccine.

Eighteen infections were identified among subjects who received a placebo vaccine as part of the study, but not one among the 1,131 people vaccinated with the Pfizer / BioNTech preparation.

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The Netherlands will receive more than 50,000 fewer AstraZeneca vaccines 


this week. The European Union will receive considerably fewer corona vaccines from AstraZeneca this week than it had expected.

Half of the batch of vaccines has yet to be tested and will come a little later, the troubled manufacturer has said according to EU sources.

The setback is shared fairly among the EU countries.

For the Netherlands, that would mean more than 50,000 fewer vaccines next week.



AstraZeneca has been facing setbacks for months and time and again delivers fewer vaccines than agreed.

The already significantly reduced target of 30 million doses in the first three months of this year has also not been achieved.

However, the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company insists on delivering the 70 million doses promised for the second quarter.

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