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A large proportion of foreign travelers do not observe home quarantine when they return.


Most people who had to stay in home quarantine for ten days after a trip abroad go outside anyway.

This has emerged from an investigation by the Behavioral Unit of the RIVM and the association for GGDs, care minister Hugo de Jonge wrote to the Lower House on Monday.

Most often they do this to run errands.



The PVV had asked him to provide insight into the reasons why people did not follow the quarantine advice. For almost all countries in the world, travel has been discouraged for months (code orange). Soon it will not be just an advice, but there will be a ten-day quarantine obligation, but only for countries with a very high risk of corona. The House will vote on this next week. The Chamber foresees problems with the enforcement of the obligation.



Of the 47,254 participants in the study, 1,265 had been abroad in the previous six weeks.

Of them, 41 percent were excluded from the advice for home isolation because of work, school or visiting family in Belgium or Germany.

More than 12 percent did not go outside, but did go to a test on the fifth day after their return.

More than 45 percent of these returnees (573 people) went outside despite the advice.



Most often they did this to go shopping (68 percent) or to get some fresh air (57 percent).

Yet one in three people involved also started working (31 percent), 18 percent walked the dog and 36 percent were outside for another reason.

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Nearly 4,400 corona deaths in January: highest number since May


Doctors determined 4,387 people in January for certain or suspected deaths from COVID-19, the highest number since May.

Researchers from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) report this on Tuesday based on cause of death statements.

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Advice OMT: Only


relax

again with 20 percent fewer hospital admissions

The cabinet should only relax further if the average number of people admitted to hospital and intensive care every week has decreased by 20 percent.

The experts of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) advise this, healthcare minister Hugo de Jonge writes in a letter to the Lower House on Monday.

At the moment there is no question of this decrease.

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America about to approve Pfizer / BioNTech for teens


The US drug authority FDA prepares to approve Pfizer / BioNTech corona vaccine for teens 12 through 15 years old early next week,

The New York Times

reports

Monday based on federal officials.



The drug manufacturers filed with the FDA earlier this month for approval of the drug, which is already being administered to people 16 and older in the United States. The approval is being sought after both companies announced in March that a clinical trial showed the vaccine to be safe and effective for 12-15 year olds.



If approved, the vaccine advisory panel of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will review the research data the next day and issue an opinion, the US newspaper writes.



The manufacturers Pfizer and BioNTech also submitted a similar application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) late last week.

It often takes four to six weeks for the EMA to make a decision.

Children between 12 and 15 years old can be vaccinated with the vaccine in Europe from mid-June at the earliest.

Most countries first inject the elderly, so it will not be the turn of the young in June.

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Curaçao is implementing slight relaxation


of corona rules Curaçao is implementing a cautious relaxation of corona measures, Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath announced on Monday. The island has been in a lockdown since March 24.



On Monday it was announced that the curfew will be shortened by two hours. "We are slowly coming out of a difficult situation. But we should not take too big steps, otherwise we will have to deal with an increase in corona cases again," said Rhuggenaath.



As of 4 May, people are no longer allowed on the street after 9 p.m., which was 7 p.m.

Restaurants with a terrace may also receive guests.

The registration rule (Plachi di Dia) will remain in force for the time being.

That means that people are still only allowed to take to the streets two days a week.

The car-free Sunday also applies.

The situation will be evaluated again on 17 May.


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GGD


call center

not available around two minutes of silence

The national GGD call center

can be reached on

Tuesday half an hour shorter than usual, the umbrella organization GGD GHOR Nederland reported Monday evening.

The number closes at 7:30 pm.

Employees will then have enough time to complete ongoing conversations, so that they can be silent during the two-minute silence of the Remembrance Day.



The call center is available on other days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

People who still want to make a test or injection appointment can do so on the sites coronatest.nl and coronavaccinatie-afspraak.nl.

These will also remain accessible during the commemoration.

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Patients affected by power failure in MUMC were not in one room


Contrary to what was previously reported, the four patients who were affected by a power failure in the academic hospital MUMC in Maastricht last week were not in one room.

The hospital confirmed on Monday evening after reporting from 1Limburg that the patients were spread over four rooms.

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Mayors want better communication about test plan


The 25 mayors of the Security Council believe that communication about testing for access should be better. "The cabinet must state as concretely as possible all activities that will be possible through testing," said chairman Hubert Bruls after the meeting. 



According to him, it concerns activities that are not yet possible due to the corona rules. For example, visiting museums that must remain closed according to the steps in the opening plan.



Incidentally, not all mayors are eager for the test plan.

"When step two starts later, we have another month and a half until the situation is almost normal again and we have all the liberties back. To be honest, I think it is quite a hassle to have a test course in addition to the step-by-step plan for that month and a half. Put all the efforts we have on that step-by-step plan and vaccinate society as soon as possible, "said Mayor Wouter Kolff of Dordrecht.



Minister Hugo de Jonge, who was also present, mainly sees opportunities.

"With testing, we can enable earlier and more activities. As soon as testing is no longer necessary, we will stop again."

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Corona patients different from the first wave: 'Younger and sicker'

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Mayors satisfied with postponement of corona easing


Mayors in the Security Council understand the postponement of scaling down the corona measures. The chairs of the 25 safety regions believe that the infection rates and the number of patients in hospitals must first be reduced more quickly before the cabinet can take the next step.



The mayors are satisfied with the first step. They have so far had few problems with enforcement.



On Monday evening, the Security Council will discuss, among other things, the status of access testing.

The mayors in deliberation would like to know what data these tests yield.

With access tests, people are only allowed to go to, for example, an event, football match or museum with a recent negative corona test.

Corona measures are also on the agenda again.



The mayors will be outgoing ministers Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) and Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security).

GGD boss André Rouvoet is also present.

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