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Number of corona patients in hospitals lowest since March 21

The number of corona patients in a nursing ward or intensive care unit has fallen by 67 since Friday.

Hospitals are now treating 2,183 people because of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

That is the smallest number since March 21 this year.

It is the tenth consecutive day on which the number of IC patients with corona is decreasing.

The number of corona patients in intensive care fell by 18 to 710.

49 beds were released in the nursing

wards compared to the 

previous day.

There are now 1,473 corona patients on those wings. 

The number of new admissions has increased slightly compared to the day before.

In the past 24 hours, 260 corona patients have ended up in a nursing unit or intensive care unit.

On Friday, another 163 new patients were added.

According to figures from the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS), 220 new patients were added to the nursing wards in the past 24 hours and 40

to the ICs. occupancy high.

"Regular care is still under pressure," said the coordination center.

"The influx into hospitals is steadily decreasing this week. We expect hospital occupancy to decrease further in the coming week as well."

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Portugal relaxes travel policy for a number of countries

Portugal is relaxing the travel policy for tourists from a number of European countries from Monday. The condition is that travelers submit a negative corona test, reported the Portuguese Ministry of the Interior.

The relaxation of the travel policy will apply to residents of EU countries where there are fewer than 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The relaxation also applies to travelers from Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, among others. Britons can also go on holiday to Portugal again from Monday.

Travelers from countries where there are more than 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants are only allowed to make essential visits to Portugal. This includes work or health reasons.

Travelers from the Netherlands must be quarantined upon arrival on mainland Portugal, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

There is also still a test requirement for air travel from the Netherlands to Portugal.

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Confusion in US by New Freedoms Americans Vaccinated

US states and companies have been taken by surprise by the CDC's far-reaching relaxation of the guidelines for wearing mouth masks. In many cases, Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mouth mask or keep their distance from one another.

Several governors wonder how to enforce the easing. Chris Sununu, the governor of the state of New Hampshire, grumbled that he heard the decision through the media. His colleague Janet Mills of Maine said

 she would like to learn how to differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans,

according to 

ABC News

, but later announced that her state is adopting the guidelines.

States such as Virginia and Oregon have also announced that they are following the CDC.

Other states, including California, said they would need more time to study the new guidelines.

Large companies are not all on the same page either, so vaccinated Americans should pay close attention to where they can go without a mask when shopping.

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Taiwan takes stricter measures after record increase

In Taiwan, corona


are being tightened after the country registered 180 new infections in the past 24 hours. That is the largest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, after the 24 million inhabitants of the island state largely managed to keep the virus at bay last year.

Directors had already ordered the closing down of catering establishments and some other businesses in the capital Taipei. Now cinemas and other entertainment companies also have to close. Residents of the urban area around that metropolis are also instructed to wear face masks outside.

Stricter rules will also apply to social gatherings.

A maximum of five people are allowed to gather inside and ten outside.

Schools will remain open.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the higher alert level in the metropolitan area will remain in effect until at least May 28.

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You can go on holiday to these European destinations again.

The general negative travel advice not to travel abroad has expired after five months.

Holidays to sixteen destinations are allowed again immediately.

Check out our

holiday map to see

which places in Europe shake off the negative travel advice 'orange'.

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General practitioners deviate from the checklist

General practitioners must send invitations for the corona vaccine these weeks to all patients who also always receive the flu shot.

However, some of the doctors deviate from that guideline and also invite others for an injection.

This is not necessarily prohibited, but the GPs are moving in a gray area.





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Infections and death toll in India slightly down

In India, a further 326,098 corona


have been identified in the last 24 hours, the Indian Ministry of Health reported Saturday morning.

That's about 20,000 fewer cases than Friday's number.

The death toll is also slightly lower.

In the past 24 hours, at least 3,890 people in India died from the consequences of the corona virus.

On Friday, it was reported that exactly four thousand corona-related deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours.

The total number of diagnosed infections in India now stands at 24.37 million, the second highest in the world.

The total official death toll stands at 266,207, the third highest in the world.

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Catering industry reopened in Poland for the first time in seven months 

Since midnight on Saturday, restaurants and bars in Poland have been allowed to reopen for the first time in seven months.

At the moment, orders may only be taken outside. 

"I feel free again," Gabriel Nikilovski, a 38-year-old Swede enjoying a drink with friends, told


news agency 


The lockdown felt "like a prison", he said.

Many hospitality owners said there was a rush for reservations in recent days.

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Vacations to Malta, Portugal, Aruba, Curaçao, Thailand, Rwanda and ten other destinations are possible again immediately.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs relaxed travel advice in the night from Friday to Saturday.

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More than 60,000 patients with long-term

corona complaints

at physio

60,000 to 75,000 Dutch people with long-term complaints due to infection with COVID-19 are under treatment by a physiotherapist, writes the


 based on a calculation of data from the National Physiotherapy Database, in which physiotherapists keep track of their treatments.


 At the end of last year, the number was 28,000, which has doubled since then. 

"We are stunned by these figures," Guido van Woerkom, chairman of the KNGF professional association told the newspaper.

"It is clear that care for COVID-19 patients is now moving to primary care, and to physical therapy in particular."

The average duration of a treatment is eighty days, which, according to the professional association, means that treatments lasting several hundred days are no exception.

The complaints vary from breathing problems, fatigue and loss of muscle mass to psychological problems, or a combination thereof.

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