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The Netherlands has put 4 million injections, target for mid-April reached


In the Netherlands, injection number 4 million was put somewhere today.

The cabinet has thus achieved its target by mid-April;

the ministers assumed that around 4 million injections would be taken by mid-April.



In recent weeks, the Netherlands mainly injected first shots.

However, the count was behind and yesterday a correction was made, which suddenly increased the total number of injections by almost a million.



The reporting backlog to the European regulator ECDC has also been processed.

As a result, the Netherlands is once again among the European top in terms of the amount of first injections.

The percentage of adults fully vaccinated is lower than the European average.

This means that the Netherlands is still dangling at the bottom of the EU list.

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NCTV sees corona measures as a possible 'trigger' for violent loners.


The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) thinks that the ongoing corona measures can lead to violent actions by loners.

This analysis can be found in the report Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands published on Wednesday.



Online threats of serious violence sometimes come "from an anti-government angle".

There are concerns that "the threshold to engage in extremist behavior" has been lowered, as there is a trade-off between an activist upper class demonstrating in public space and a radical undercurrent agitating against the corona measures.



Read on here.

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First draft beer: 'Convince cabinet that café can open'

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Greece announces relaxation of quarantine obligation for travelers


Greece expects to be able to lift the quarantine obligation for travelers from the EU, the United States, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates from next week.

Government sources report this on Wednesday. 



The end of the mandatory seven-day quarantine applies to both vaccinated travelers and persons in possession of a negative NAAT (PCR) test of up to 72 hours old.

The rule already applied to Israeli tourists. 



An official at the Ministry of Tourism has told

Reuters

that Greece will begin relaxing corona rules in the tourism industry on May 7.

A week later, the sector is scheduled to reopen.

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'German state must stop vaccination due to scarcity'


The German state of Brandenburg is running out of its Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and first-dose vaccinations must be stopped.

According to the newspaper Bild, it is the first state where the vaccination program fails due to delivery problems or the discontinuation of the use of certain vaccines.



The Brandenburg Minister of the Interior, Michael Stübgen, told the regional parliament's health committee that with what is left of BioNTech and Moderna, second doses in the vaccination campaign could still be administered for a short time.

There, the vaccine is often used as a replacement for the obsolete vaccine AstraZeneca.



But, according to Stübgen, it won't be long before that runs out.

Then the vaccination program in the region of 2.5 million inhabitants will be brought to a halt in a few weeks.

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New estimate: 7.4 million Dutch people fully vaccinated at


the beginning of July The Ministry of Health estimates that 17.7 million injections will have been given by the beginning of July.

It is expected that 7.4 million adults will be vaccinated, about 63 percent of the approximately 11.9 million over-18s who are willing to vaccinate.

5.2 million Dutch people will have had a first injection at the beginning of July.



Earlier, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport reported that at the beginning of July about two thirds of all adults would have been fully vaccinated, which would amount to about 8 million Dutch people.

In total there are 14 million adults, but the willingness to vaccinate is estimated at 85 percent.

That is why it is assumed that 11.9 million Dutch adults request a corona vaccination.

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De Jonge renounces the possibility to postpone the second corona prick.


Outgoing Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge will not extend the period between the first and second injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for the time being.

The Health Council ruled this week that such a decision could lead to slightly fewer hospital admissions, but De Jonge is especially concerned about the

unrest and uncertainty that would arise

if hundreds of thousands of injections had to be canceled and rescheduled.



The minister also states that canceling appointments on a large scale entails the risk that fewer people will make new appointments.

In the long term, this would result in the Dutch being less well protected.

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Vaccinated Europeans from May to Denmark without restriction


Europeans vaccinated with a corona vaccine can travel to Denmark without restrictions again in May.

They will then no longer have to deal with a test obligation and do not have to be quarantined after arrival, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.



The new policy will apply to residents of EU member states and Schengen countries where the number of corona infections is not too high.

People from those countries are also allowed to go on holiday in Denmark, which starts on April 21 with the gradual implementation of relaxation in the travel policy.

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Child with less educated parents in pandemic greater learning


delay Children with less educated parents developed less at school during the corona crisis than children whose parents are highly educated.

The Inspectorate of Education has reached

this

conclusion

today in the annual State of Education.

The disadvantage increases the inequality of opportunities that has been an issue in education for years.

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CoronaCheck app will also work as an entry ticket after vaccination from June.


People vaccinated against COVID-19 can

access

an activity or location

from June

.

The vaccine status in the CoronaCheck app can be shown as proof.

At the moment, access is only granted with a negative test certificate.



The CoronaCheck app should make it possible for people to gain access to, for example, a football stadium or festival.

The app has been tested at Fieldlab events so far.

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Relaxing too quickly would increase and lengthen


the

corona peak

If the cabinet takes the first step in the relaxation plan too quickly, a higher corona peak will follow, which will also last four weeks longer than with a later relaxation.

Before that

warns

the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) Wednesday in a recommendation to the Cabinet.



The abolition of the curfew and the reopening of terraces are part of the first relaxation.

"Implementing all of the eases from step 1 in the roadmap too early will extend the peak occupancy time by approximately four weeks," said the experts.

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Inspection: 1,700 ic beds almost certainly not feasible.


Further expansion of the capacity in intensive care to 1,700 beds in the fight against the corona virus is "almost certainly not feasible".

The Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ) warns against this in a letter to Minister Tamara van Ark (Medical Care).



The care system is already squeaking and creaking under the current upscaling from 1,450 to 1,550 beds.

Administrators and caregivers indicate that this operation is "very difficult" and is accompanied by a "drastic scaling down" of hospital treatments that should actually take place within six weeks to prevent further health damage, according to Chief Inspector Korrie Louwes.

Sometimes operations have to be canceled on the day itself.



Several hospital administrators have previously warned that the IC capacity cannot be further increased.

The number of beds that were available during the first wave in the spring of 2020 would no longer be feasible due to the high level of absenteeism due to illness.


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Healthcare workers see aggression on the rise since corona


Three out of four employees in the care and welfare sector have been exposed at least once to aggression or inappropriate behavior in contact with patients or clients in the past twelve months.

This varied from verbal or physical aggression to sexual or other intimidation or threats, reports PGGM & CO, the members' association of pension provider PGGM.



About one in three of these employees think aggression against health and welfare workers has increased in the past year.

The corona pandemic is cited as the main cause of this.



More than 11,000 employees, working in ambulance care, care for the disabled, general practitioner care, youth care, nursing, care and home care, mental health care and hospitals took part in the survey in February.

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Use of breath tests in test lines GGD will 


be increased In the coming months, the GGDs will be using breath tests on an increasingly large scale in the corona test lines.

At about 65 locations, the breath test must be introduced in the second quarter, according to industry organization GGD GHOR Nederland.

It is aiming for more than 500 breath test devices to be available by June.

They are already being used in Amsterdam, among other places.



Breath tests give an immediate result after someone has exhaled in them a few times.

This is an important advantage over the PCR tests that are considered the 'gold standard'.

A cotton swab in the nose does not have to be used for a breath test.

The devices can properly determine that someone is not carrying coronavirus.

If the test is negative, that result is very reliable, as tests showed.

If the device does not rule out contamination, another corona test is required.

This can be a PCR test or a rapid test.

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Diederik Gommers, IC doctor and chairman of the Dutch Intensive Care Association, criticizes the press conference of outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte last Tuesday.

"All over-60s must be vaccinated, only then can we relax. We cannot suddenly relax a week later, as Mark Rutte says now."

Gommers: 'Only relax when all over-60s have been vaccinated'

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Concerned OMT calls for different rules for trial events


The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) wants the rules regarding trial events to be stricter in the coming weeks.

For example, the quick test that visitors should take in advance should be valid for a maximum of 24 hours, instead of 40 hours.

There should also be a second test after the event, and the group size should be further limited to keep source and contact research clear.



The OMT states that the events "may have the appearance that the epidemiological situation makes further relaxation possible", while the peak in the number of corona infections is yet to come.

The pilots take into account that the total number of corona infections in April will be 0.6 percent to 1 percent higher.

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'Cabinet opening plan recipe for disappointments'


With an opening plan, the cabinet hopes to provide new prospects for possible relaxation in the coming months.

Nevertheless, the cabinet has been struggling in recent weeks with - whether or not leaked - dates for easing.

According to NU.nl reporter Edo van der Goot, the opening plan can therefore also have a negative impact.

Analysis: 'Opening plan cabinet recipe for disappointments'

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More than 4 million viewers for press conference


The number of viewers for the press conference of outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing vice-prime minister Hugo de Jonge was viewed by a total of 4 million people on Tuesday evening.

Via NOS, RTL and SBS, the press conference was viewed a lot less than the previous one: then 5 million people were still watching across the channels.

The decline started a few editions ago, but there is still no record of a depth.

Far fewer people watched the press conferences at the start of the crisis in 2020: just a million.

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Utrecht cafes open their doors today for experiment


Five Utrecht cafes open their doors to the public today as a national experiment for the reopening of the catering industry.

Guests must be able to provide proof of attendance and a negative corona test.

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Corona infections in India to record level


In India, 184,372 positive corona tests were registered over the past 24 hours, a record.

This brings the total number of corona cases to 13.9 million.

In the past 24 hours, 1,027 corona patients have died, pushing the death toll past the 172,000 mark.

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Cabinet struggles with distribution and level of the bonus for health care workers


It is "a dilemma" how high the health care bonus will be and who should receive it, writes outgoing minister Tamara van Ark (Medical Care) in a letter to the Lower House on Wednesday.

Either the bonus becomes 500 euros net for healthcare employees who work a lot with corona patients and have a lot of absenteeism due to this, or all healthcare employees receive a bonus.

(Read more

here

)

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No second injection of AstraZeneca for under 60s in Germany


Germans under 60 years of age who have already received a first dose of AstraZeneca's corona vaccine will receive a different vaccine for their second injection.

The federal government and the federal health ministers of Germany decided this on Tuesday evening.



Germany decided on March 30 to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 60 due to a small risk of rare blood clots.

People under the age of 60 who already received a first dose before that date will now have a second shot with the Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

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De Jonge wants to further investigate the effects of postponement second shot


Outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wants to

further investigate

what the benefits of postponing the second shot from Pfizer and Moderna.

Now there are still six and four weeks respectively between the first and second injection of these vaccines, but the Health Council advised that this may also be possible to twelve weeks.

Then people could get their first injection sooner.



The advisory body itself immediately tempered the expectations of this measure to be taken.

It may save one to five hospital admissions per day, but this first effect will only be noticeable from the end of May.

In the shorter term, it will therefore not ease the pressure on healthcare.



De Jonge thinks that canceling or postponing the planned second injections will not benefit the readiness to vaccinate.

It would now mainly apply to people over 70, because that group in particular is already eligible for a second shot.

Moreover, it would be too much work in terms of implementation, because 1.4 million appointments have to be moved.

"I don't want to change the agreements that have already been made," said De Jonge.



He also finds it "unattractive" for young people to postpone the second injection, as it does not allow them to be fully protected until late.

"So we have to weigh the small advantages of postponing the second shot against the disadvantages it has," writes De Jonge.

He wants to get back to it "as soon as possible".

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Delivery of self-tests to schools to start next week


Primary and secondary schools will be delivered corona self-tests for their staff starting Monday.

The cabinet wants to make self-tests available to childcare workers from 3 May, Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wrote to the House of Representatives on Tuesday.



The so-called antigen test is now only used in test streets.

The result is a lot faster than with a PCR test, but it is also less sensitive.

As with the PCR test, mucus is taken from the nose and throat with a cotton swab.



The government wants education staff in primary, secondary and special education to be able to do a preventive self-test twice a week.

People who work at a childcare center located in the same building as the school are also eligible for a test.

De Jonge thinks that self-tests can be used to detect infections earlier in people who have no complaints.



The minister wants pedagogical employees who work outside the school walls in childcare to have access to self-tests from mid-May.

The cabinet is still investigating whether childminders can also receive the antigen tests.



The deliveries of self-tests for students and staff in higher education and MBO will start in early May, De Jonge expects.

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Second trial holiday goes to Gran Canaria at the


beginning of May At the beginning of May, a second group of Dutch people will go abroad for a trial holiday.

They are going to Gran Canaria and are given more freedom than the group that is now on the first test trip in Rhodes.

The holidaymakers are allowed to leave their hotel.



During the test trips, independent researchers hired by the government look at how Dutch holidaymakers behave when traveling.

The question is, for example, whether travelers adhere to the basic rules that apply there, such as washing hands, wearing mouth masks and keeping their distance.

The findings of the Rhodes investigation will be presented prior to the trip to Gran Canaria, so that any findings from the first test holiday "can be taken into account", according to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.



There was a lot of interest in the first trial trip: 25,000 people had registered for 189 places.

Holidaymakers must show a negative PCR test or equivalent, plus a negative rapid test, prior to travel.

When they return home, they have to do that again, and they have to go into home quarantine.



Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) writes in a letter to the House of Representatives that the government intends to carry out similar test journeys with other means of transport than the plane, such as the car, train or bus.

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According to the manufacturer, Moderna vaccine still offers protection after six months


The corona vaccine Moderna, which is also administered in the Netherlands, still offers strong protection against the disease six months after the second injection.

This is reported by the American producer, who speaks of an efficacy of more than 90 percent.



The pharmaceutical company has now started testing new versions of the vaccine that target a "worrisome" variant of the coronavirus, which was first identified in South Africa.



Moderna has now delivered approximately 132 million doses worldwide, of which 117 million to the United States.

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More visitors welcome at test events


Fiedlab is allowed to

scale up

by the cabinet 

 and from 15 April more visitors are already welcome at the various test events they organize.

538 Orange Day on April 24 is the largest trial event to date: ten thousand people are allowed to watch performances by DI-RECT and Davina Michelle on the Chasséveld in Breda.

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Almost one million extra corona vaccinations counted The corona dashboard


presented 3.1 million additional vaccines on Tuesday morning, the counter now stands at 3.9 million.

This means that the vaccination rate has almost doubled and someone gets a shot every 0.5 seconds.

(Read more

here

)

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Other countries are cautious with Janssen vaccine


South Africa will temporarily stop vaccinating with the corona vaccine from Leiden pharmaceutical company Janssen.

In doing so, the country follows the example of the United States, where they have suspended administration due to thrombosis in combination with a small number of blood platelets in a few vaccinees.



There are no known cases in South Africa.

In the country, more than 290,000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated with Janssen's vaccine, which is part of Johnson & Johnson, in an ongoing study.



Belgium will decide on the further course of vaccinations on Wednesday.

Depending on information from Johnson & Johnson, it will be decided whether the vaccines will be administered from the end of this week, or whether the delivered doses will be "quarantined", according to a member of the Belgian vaccination task force.

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Healthcare workers and other priority groups will quickly receive a different vaccine


Healthcare workers, non-mobile people with a medical high risk, people with Down's syndrome and people with morbid obesity will quickly receive a different vaccine than the planned AstraZeneca.

Most of these groups will receive Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna.



Within the intramural mental health institutions, approximately 35,000 residents and employees are still waiting for a vaccination.

Approximately 35,000 extra employees with direct patient contact will also be vaccinated in hospitals, according to the RIVM.

Until now, it was always the intention that they would receive the Janssen vaccine, but healthcare minister Hugo de Jonge first wants to await the verdict of the EMA.

The European medicines agency will announce on Wednesday how the side effects of the Janssen vaccine should be weighed.



As of last week, the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus is only intended for people aged 60 and older.

For them, the risk of serious consequences from corona outweighs any serious side effects of the vaccine.

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The government wants to return to normal in five steps, but the crisis remains uncertain

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Rutte about easing: '21 April is really too early '


According to outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte, it is not yet possible to further relax the corona measures.

He said this tonight during the press conference in which he and Hugo de Jonge talked to the Netherlands about the corona virus.

Rutte about easing: 'April 21 is really too early'

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