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More than 150 million vaccinations have been administered within the European Union More than 150 million vaccinations have now been administered within the European Union

, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said via Twitter.

A quarter of all Europeans have received the first dose of a corona vaccine.

According to von der Leyen, the EU will have enough vaccines to vaccinate 70 percent of adult Europeans by July.


Vaccination is gaining speed across the EU: we have just passed 150 million vaccinations. A quarter of all Europeans have had their first dose. We'll have enough doses for vaccinating 70% of EU adults in July.


Avatar Author Ursula von der Leyen Moment of places 11: 00 - May 4, 2021

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Suspects confess to sharing private data from GGD's corona systems

Mourad Z. and Amin L. have admitted in the court of Utrecht on Tuesday that they have viewed and shared private data from the GGD's corona systems.

In one case these were also sold.

Both men say that they did not realize that what they did was punishable.

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Japanese fishing village spends 2 tons of corona support on squid statue

The Japanese fishing village of Noto has spent 25 million yen (about 200,000 euros) on corona support on a statue of a squid, in the hope of reviving declining tourism.

The city had received 800 million yen emergency aid from the Japanese government to deal with the economic consequences of the corona virus.

So some of that money was spent on the 13-meter statue, which is now in the city's harbor.

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EMA starts review of Chinese corona vaccine Sinovac

The European vaccine regulator, the EMA, will monitor the trials of the corona vaccine of the Chinese state-owned company Sinovac.

This so-called rolling review is the last step before the developers request approval and Europe decides whether the vaccine can be marketed.

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Britons pass 50 million

injections More than 50 million corona injections have been taken in the UK since the vaccination campaign began in early December. The government reports that more than a quarter of the adult population has been fully vaccinated.

Some 34 million people have had their first vaccination, 15 million have also received their second dose. This, according to the government, has already had a "significant impact" on the UK, which was previously hit hard by the pandemic. The number of positive tests and corona-related deaths has declined exponentially this year.

The government wants to offer all adults a vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of July.

According to the Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, it looks like this is going to work.

Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi calls the vaccination program a great success so far.

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India to end cricket competition

India is to end the Indian Premier League, the highest cricket league in the country, due to the escalating corona situation in the country.

The Indian cricket association BCCI does not think it is responsible to play while the care can no longer cope with the number of corona patients.

Several players have also been tested positive.

Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India.

Indian Premier League matches are typically watched on television by hundreds of millions of people.

The Premier League as a brand is estimated to be worth billions.

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of test streets closed as a

precaution due to strong wind

A number of corona test streets of the GGD were closed on Tuesday as a precaution due to strong winds. The KNMI warns against heavy gusts of wind and has issued a yellow code. Heavy gusts of wind of 75 to 90 kilometers per hour occur along the west coast, in the Wadden region and in South Limburg.

The test street in Zuidland is closed due to the risk of heavy gusts of wind, reports GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. The agreements that have already been made will be rescheduled.

GGD Kennemerland reports that the test street in Beverwijk is closed due to strong winds. People can make an appointment for a corona test at one of the other GGD locations.

The test street in Vlissingen is also closed as a precaution, reports

Omroep Zeeland


GGD Zeeland informs the broadcaster that it is not justified to keep the test location open due to the strong wind.

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India passes 20 million infections

The number of people in India infected since the COVID-19 outbreak has risen to over 20 million.

During the past 24 hours, 357,229 new cases have been reported.

The number of deaths in the same period was 3,449 and totaled at least 222,408, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Health.

After the United States, India is the second country in the world to have more than 20 million infections registered.

The country has recently seen an explosion in the numbers, with ten million infections in the last four months compared to ten million in the ten months before.

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

Most people who have to go into 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, outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wrote to the House of Representatives 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 for countries with a very high risk of infection. 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 run errands (68 percent) or 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 in January at 4,387 people that they were certain or suspected of death from the effects of the coronavirus, 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


again with 20 percent fewer hospital admissions

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

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

At the moment there is no question of this decrease.

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US about to approve Pfizer / BioNTech for teens

US drug authority FDA prepares to approve Pfizer / BioNTech corona vaccine for teens ages 12 to 15,

The New York Times


Monday based on federal officials.

The drug makers filed with the FDA earlier this month for approval of the drug, which is already being administered in the United States to people 16 and older. The manufacturers Pfizer and BioNTech announced in March that a clinical trial showed that the vaccine is safe and effective for 12 to 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 submitted a similar application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) late last week.

The EMA often takes four to six weeks to reach a decision.

Children between the ages of 12 and 15 in Europe can be vaccinated with the vaccine 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 easing

Curaçao is implementing a cautious relaxation of the 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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call center

not available around two minutes of silence

The national GGD call center

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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 08:00 to 20:00.

People who still want to make a test or injection appointment can do so on the sites and

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 


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, such as 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.

Outgoing 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, for example, people are only allowed to go to 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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