In this live blog we will keep you informed about all developments surrounding the corona virus at home and abroad.

New 'milestone' India, more than 300,000 new infections


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Today 314,835 new infections were registered.

This makes India the first country worldwide to identify more than 300,000 new infections in one day.

In addition, 2,104 deaths were reported.



In total, India has already registered 16 million confirmed infections and 185,000 deaths.

Health experts fear that the actual numbers are much higher, because only the infections and deaths found in hospitals are counted.

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Action also starts selling corona self tests


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chain

Action will sell corona self tests from Thursday.

The company reports this on Thursday.

It concerns the government-approved Flowflex test from producer Acon Biotech.

This will cost 2.49 euros.

Action emphasizes that the selling price is also the cost price.

In other words, the retail chain says it doesn't earn anything from it.

There is a purchase limit of ten tests per customer.

This is to prevent people from reselling them for a higher price.

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Pilot with flashing lights for police on bicycles extended due to corona measures


The police will continue to carry out tests in the coming months in which police officers cycle around with blue flashing lights on their bicycles. The pilot, which started in January, is looking at whether these so-called police bikers can work more safely and efficiently with the more visible lighting.



The results of the pilot were expected this month, but the corona situation has meant that the pilot could not be fully utilized, a police spokesperson told NU.nl. Due to the measures, the use of the optical signals could not be investigated in nightlife and events, while they can be very useful there, according to the police spokesperson.



The pilot has now been extended until the end of October, in the hope that experience will then have been gained in these situations.

The exemption granted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management for this is still valid. 



According to the spokesperson, the first results of the trial look promising.

The police bikers have not always been visible so far.

The special lighting must improve visibility and ensure recognisability, because they are associated with emergency services.

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Syria receives first corona vaccines


Syria has received its first shipment of corona vaccines via COVAX, an initiative by UNICEF and the WHO to help poorer countries with vaccines.

A total of 256,800 doses were brought into the country, of which 203,000 in the capital Damascus and 53,800 in the northwest of the country, where heavy fighting often takes place.

In Syria, health workers are the first to be vaccinated.

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Medicinal oxygen depleted in six Indian hospitals


In six hospitals in the Indian city of Delhi, medicinal oxygen has run out, reports 

The Hindu.

On Thursday it was announced that India has registered more than 300,000 corona infections in the past 24 hours.

That is the largest daily recorded increase worldwide.

As far as is known, 2,104 people have died from the effects of the virus in the Asian country in the past 24 hours.



Delhi authorities have asked other states in the country for help.

The city would have received less medicinal oxygen than agreed.



The total number of confirmed infections in India now stands at 15.9 million.

The death toll has risen to 184,657.

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Largest number of ICU admissions since April 8, 9,648 positive tests


The number of corona patients in Dutch intensive care units rose by 17 on Thursday, the largest increase since April 8. A total of 839 people lie on the ICs, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). This is the largest number since April 28, 2020, when 861 patients were in ICs.



More than 800 COVID-19 patients have been in ICs for almost a week. A total of 2,682 patients with COVID-19 have now been admitted to Dutch hospitals, 68 more than Wednesday and the largest number since the beginning of January. 



The RIVM reports 9,648 positive tests on Thursday, the largest number since January 7 when the Netherlands was in the middle of the second corona wave.

The number is also well above the weekly average (8,272).

In addition, 20 Dutch people died with COVID-19.

Not all of them have died in the past 24 hours;

there may be a delay between the date of death and notification to RIVM.

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NS will use extra trains due to increasing traffic


The Dutch Railways (NS) will use extra trains from the beginning of May due to the increasing number of train passengers.

Increasing the number of trains is done step by step.

Ultimately, 98 percent of the trains must be running again by mid-June.

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During a lockdown to a museum (and the terrace): 'People wink at each other'


During Museum Week, seventeen museums will temporarily open their doors for an experiment with rapid tests, including the Hermitage in Amsterdam. Deputy director Paul Mosterd explains how it went on the first day of testing. "You see everyone enjoying themselves."



The museum opened its doors temporarily earlier last year, but people now have to get tested in advance. "You notice that people are careful and take it very seriously," says Mosterd. "Then they ask, for example, if they can go to the toilet and if they should also show their negative corona test. Normally people already behave very nicely in our museum - you rarely see a plug on the floor - but now that's all case."

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Controversial German corona law passed by parliament


The controversial law that gives the German government the power to directly impose corona measures, such as curfews and other restrictions, has been approved by the German parliament.



After the approval of the Bundestag, the Bundesrat also approved it today.

Then President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also signed it, making the law effective immediately.



Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government can then impose lockdowns and other corona measures outside the states.

Merkel considers federal say in the fight against the corona virus necessary, because the federal states regularly take less strict action than she believes is necessary.

There was a lot of criticism of the law from the federal states themselves and the opposition.

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EMA and WHO will examine Sputnik V production process


In May, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and WHO health organization will jointly examine the production process of the Russian corona vaccine Sputnik V. The study is part of the procedures by which medicines are approved for use.

Several European countries, including Germany and France, have expressed an interest in Sputnik V. According to the Russians, the vaccine is very effective, relatively cheap and easy to transport and store.

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Six suppliers receive permission


from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS)

to sell self-tests.

Six suppliers have received

permission

from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) to market corona

self-tests

. Four new antigen rapid tests are available from pharmacies, drugstores and supermarkets starting this week. The cheapest, Flowflex, is in the shops for 2.89 euros.



The new self-tests come from AEnerG BV Lyher, Acon Biotech Flowflex, MP Biomedicals Rapid and BD Veritor. Tests from Roche and Biosynex were already on sale.



The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport hopes that the low-threshold self-tests will detect more infections, because people can test themselves without complaints. People with complaints are not supposed to undergo a self-test. They must have themselves tested with a PCR test at the GGD.



Outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) also emphasized earlier that people who test positive during a self-test must still undergo a test at the GGD. The result of a self-test is known within 15 minutes.



The Ministry of Health does have some comments on the instructions for use of the self-tests. For example, the Acon Biotech manual does not contain a clear picture of a cotton swab. MP Biomedicals Rapid uses too complicated language and too few blank lines in the package leaflet. BD Veritor should state more clearly in the explanation that it is a self-test for 'nasal swabs', ie a test in the nose.



The antigen rapid tests are less reliable than the PCR test of the GGD.

The antigen test measures infectivity.

A negative test result does not necessarily mean that you do not have an infection, but that you are not contagious at the time.

The tests are approximately 70 to 80 percent reliable, according to the RIVM.

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Problems with AstraZeneca vaccine possibly caused by impurities


The very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, in which people developed a severe form of thrombosis after vaccination in combination with a lack of platelets, may have been caused by impurities in the vaccine. These are substances that should not be in the vaccine. In extreme cases, these can cause platelets to be activated to clot, leading German researchers write in a pre-publication about which

de Volkskrant

writes.



AstraZeneca's vaccine uses harmless cold viruses. These viruses are grown on so-called

cell lines

.

Remains of these cell lines may cause the side effect.

If that theory is correct, the rare side effect could possibly be prevented by better purifying the vaccine, the researchers say.



The European Medicines Agency (EMA) emphasized on Tuesday that it is not yet certain that the theory of the scientists is correct.

"It is important to look at all the different options because at this point we are not yet sure what causes this side effect," said Sabine Strauss, head of the EMA pharmacovigilance committee.

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Hospitals are increasingly scaling down regular care


Regular care is increasingly being scaled down in Dutch hospitals, says the National Coordination Center for Patients Distribution (LCPS). In several hospitals, only operations are performed that have to take place within two weeks to prevent health damage.



Operations that must take place within six weeks are postponed in many hospitals. This also includes heart operations. As yet, there is no question of code black, a situation in which hospitals have to choose between patients for a place on the ic.



According to the LCPS, the situation is "absolutely worrying".

Still, according to the spokesperson, there is room for minor relaxation, because the consequences will only be visible in the hospitals in three to four weeks.

"Then we will hopefully not be in this tough situation anymore. The most important thing now is that everyone gets the first injection as soon as possible."

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A flight ban

does not necessarily stop mutations according to Van Dissel 

According to RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel, a flight ban for countries with dangerous coronavirus variants offers "no guarantee" that you will stop the advance of such a mutation in the Netherlands.

That is why he advocates strict enforcement of the testing and quarantine obligation. 



Since January, there has been a ban on passenger flights from South America and South Africa.

In the Chamber, D66, GL and the PvdD, among others, wonder whether it is wise to also add India to the list, because a new, probably more contagious mutation of the corona virus has been discovered. 



According to Van Dissel, however, this mutation can also enter the country in other ways, for example by infected Dutch people who have traveled to India via another European country.

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Effects of vaccination are becoming increasingly clear, according to Van Dissel


The effects of the vaccination campaign are becoming increasingly visible, according to Van Dissel.

During the technical briefing, he pointed to figures that show that older people in the highest age groups hardly contract the virus anymore.



“Since vaccination, we only see a decrease in the number of infections in nursing homes and among elderly people living at home. This decrease can be attributed to the vaccination effect,” says Van Dissel.

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RIVM expects a decrease in the number of occupied hospital


beds in

one to two weeks.

The influx of corona patients into hospitals "appears to be leveling off" and the number of new infections is stabilizing, says Jaap van Dissel of the RIVM. However, there is no sign of a clear decrease, he said during a technical briefing. Based on model calculations, RIVM expects the decline to begin shortly.



According to the calculations, the number of occupied hospital beds will decrease in one to two weeks. Van Dissel emphasizes that the models are uncertain. The peak could therefore also occur later and be higher than the institute currently anticipates.



According to the models for the IC admissions, it probably does not matter whether the measures will be relaxed next week or only mid-May, the RIVM boss said during the briefing.

But that is not certain either, he emphasized.

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Corona support line for young adults

consulted a thousand times since the beginning of April

The national corona support line for young adults has been consulted a thousand times since its inception on April 7.

On average, the volunteers of the Alles Oké?

Support line 63 telephone and chat conversations daily with people between 18 and 24 years old who needed it.



The content of the interviews varies according to the organization from practical questions about study delay to feelings of stress and loneliness.

Not all difficulties are caused by the pandemic, but in many cases they are exacerbated by it.



With the support line you can call (0800-04 50) or chat (allesoke.nl) between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The conversations are free and can be conducted anonymously.

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Janssen guarantees delivery of vaccines to EU


American pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson is sticking to its promise to supply 200 million Janssen corona vaccines to the EU, Norway and Iceland this year.

The branch in Leiden refers to a statement from the parent company last night.

A factory in Baltimore where raw materials for the vaccine were made has been closed by the US FDA.

A report shows that there were problems with, among other things, hygiene and that poorly trained staff were working.



It can take months to resolve all issues at the factory, according to the FDA.

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Over 50,000 more unemployed since the start of the corona crisis


Since the start of the corona crisis, the number of unemployed has increased by 53,000.

The increase is much less than the increase after the first year of the financial crisis.

Then the number of unemployed had risen by almost 92,000 in a year.

At the end of March, Statistics Netherlands counted 326,000 people without work who do want to work. 

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Cafés are reluctant to order beer


The terraces will open on April 28, but the majority of the catering industry is not yet.

The cafes, restaurants and hotels that do have a terrace are still very

reluctant

to order beer.

That's what the big brewers AB InBev and Heineken say.

The period during which the terraces may initially be open does not exactly include the hours when guests go to beer en masse.

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Consumption is still lagging behind, but we are positive about the future


The Dutch spent 10.7 percent less on goods and services in February than the year before.

That is better than in January, when consumption was 12 percent lower.

However, for the first time since December 2018, consumers are positive about the future economy again.

Consumer confidence rose to -14, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports 

Thursday

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EU would prepare for lawsuit against AstraZeneca


The European Commission is preparing to take vaccine maker AstraZeneca to court. This is reported by news site

Politico

, which has spoken with five EU diplomats.

The EU's relationship with AstraZeneca has soured, because the pharmaceutical company has been supplying far fewer corona vaccines than agreed for months. The purpose of the lawsuit would be to force the company to still provide the agreed amounts of vaccines, one of the sources told the news site.





The committee raised the possible legal procedure on Wednesday at a meeting of ambassadors.

Then there would have been a lot of support for a lawsuit among member states.

Two diplomats say there is a deadline later this week.

Then the EU countries must let them know whether they really want to take AstraZeneca to court.

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India reports a record number of more than 300,000 infections


In India, more than 300,000 corona

infections

have been registered in the past 24 hours.

That is the largest daily increase recorded worldwide.

As far as is known, 2,104 people have died from the effects of the virus in the Asian country.



The number of infections rose by 314,835 on Thursday.

The total number of confirmed infections now stands at 15.9 million in India.

The death toll has risen to 184,657.

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American Janssen vaccine raw materials factory closed by authorities


A factory in Baltimore where raw materials for the Janssen corona vaccine were made has been closed by the American medicine watchdog. A report shows that there were problems with, among other things, hygiene and that poorly trained staff were working.



It can take months for all problems to be resolved at the factory, according to the FDA. Until then, only a factory in the Netherlands can make the most important raw materials for the vaccine.



In the report, the FDA writes about several possible contaminants. For example, important inspections were not carried out and hygiene rules were not complied with. Paint was peeling off the walls and there were cracks in containers containing production materials.



The report also confirms that millions of doses of the Janssen vaccine became unusable because of material from the AstraZeneca vaccine (which was also made) got into it.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is now being produced elsewhere.

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Ziekenhuis in Enschede voert opnamestop in, Erasmus MC sluit operatiekamers
Ziekenhuiskoepel Medisch Spectrum Twente heeft woensdagavond een opnamestop afgekondigd voor de hoofdvestiging in Enschede. Dat bevestigt een woordvoerder na berichtgeving van RTV Oost. Het Erasmus MC in Rotterdam heeft operatiekamers gesloten.

Alle bedden in het Enschedese ziekenhuis zijn bezet. Nieuwe patiënten moeten naar ziekenhuizen in de omgeving. Acute zorg wordt nog wel verleend. De opnamestop is noodzakelijk vanwege de toename van het aantal opgenomen coronapatiënten en drukte bij de spoedeisende hulp, aldus het ziekenhuis.

Het Erasmus MC kan vanaf donderdag alleen nog spoedoperaties uitvoeren, zo meldt RTL Nieuws. Naar verwachting blijft dat minimaal een week het geval.

Nederlandse ziekenhuizen behandelen momenteel 2.614 coronapatiënten. In het afgelopen etmaal werden nog eens 343 coronapatiënten opgenomen. Op de ic's liggen 822 COVID-19-patiënten, het grootste aantal sinds april vorig jaar.

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Meer dan 200 miljoen coronaprikken gezet in de Verenigde Staten
De VS is woensdag de grens van 200 miljoen coronaprikken gepasseerd. Dat gebeurde binnen de eerste honderd dagen van het presidentschap van Joe Biden.

Aanvankelijk wilde Biden binnen die honderd dagen zeker 100 miljoen prikken zetten, maar dat doel werd al op de 58e dag gehaald. Hij sprak op een persconferentie van een "ongelooflijke prestatie".

80 procent van de 65-plussers in de VS heeft minstens één dosis gehad. Het aantal coronagerelateerde sterfgevallen onder deze bevolkingsgroep is sterk afgenomen. Door de miljoenen vaccinaties zijn mogelijk tienduizenden levens gered, stelde Biden. Er zijn in de VS officieel ruim 560.000 mensen overleden aan de gevolgen van het coronavirus. Dat zijn er veel meer dan in ieder ander land.

Sinds maandag kunnen alle Amerikanen vanaf zestien jaar gevaccineerd worden. De president benadrukte op de persconferentie dat het vaccin gratis is en nodig zijn om ook onder jongeren ernstige COVID-19 en sterfte te voorkomen.

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Restaurants en musea in Denemarken na maanden weer open
In Denemarken zijn vandaag de cafés, restaurants en musea na een maandenlange sluiting opengegaan. Het leven in de hoofdstad Kopenhagen leek met gevulde terrassen min of meer als vanouds.

Denemarken besloot vorige week de samenleving vervroegd te heropenen, omdat de verspreiding van het virus onder controle lijkt te zijn. Scholen kunnen voor het eerst in vijf maanden weer fysiek onderwijs geven, maar in het voortgezet onderwijs gebeurt dat slechts deels. Bioscopen, theaters en concertzalen moeten wachten tot 6 mei. Veel mensen werken nog wel vanuit huis.

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EU-agentschap stelt dat gevaccineerden onderling maatregelen kunnen laten vieren
Als twee mensen of huishoudens die volledig tegen COVID-19 zijn gevaccineerd elkaar ontmoeten, hoeven ze onderling geen afstand te houden of mondkapjes te dragen. Dat constateert het Europees centrum voor ziektepreventie en -bestrijding (ECDC). Ook hoeven zij na een reis naar het buitenland niet in quarantaine of een negatieve testuitslag te overleggen, schrijft het EU-agentschap. Wel stelt het ECDC als voorwaarde dat er geen gevaarlijke coronavirusvarianten rondwaren op de reisbestemming.

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