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11,000 more deaths than usual since autumn from coronavirus

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, about 11,000 more people died than usual between mid-September and mid-June. This wave of deaths was less severe than that of the spring of 2020, but still claimed more victims because it lasted longer. In the spring of 2020, approximately 9,000 more people than usual died in nine weeks, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported.

From the last full week of September through the third week of June, an average of 9 percent more people died than expected based on previous years death rates and demographic trends. By comparison, from mid-March 2020 to early May that year, the death rate was 30 percent higher than normal.

The wave of deaths that started in mid-September was at its worst until mid-February, according to the statisticians.

At that time, an average of 16 percent more people than usual died.

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New cabinet press conference possible tomorrow

evening Following the explosive increase in the number of positive corona tests in recent days, the cabinet is considering introducing new measures.

If that happens, those measures will probably be explained tomorrow evening by outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health).

The cabinet is currently awaiting urgent advice from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT).

This was asked yesterday in response to the increase in the number of positive tests and is expected to be discussed tomorrow morning.

It will then be decided whether measures are necessary and whether there will be a press conference.

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Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten must build their own corona check app

Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten must separately build their own corona check app, says outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (VWS) in a letter to the House of Representatives.

The islands are eligible for a digital vaccination certificate, which is the same for the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands.

De Jonge says that the Netherlands is ultimately responsible for the app, which is being built "under the flag of the Kingdom".

However, the islands must take care of the practical development of the app.

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Overnight stays in Portugal must show a negative corona test or vaccination certificate.

Holidaymakers who want to stay in a hotel or other accommodation in Portugal need a negative corona test, a vaccination certificate or a document that they have recovered.

These are some of the measures Portugal is taking after a rapid rise in the number of corona cases.





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Lowlands fears that the festival cannot take place

The Lowlands organization is "seriously concerned" now that the cabinet is considering canceling multi-day events due to the rapidly increasing number of positive corona tests. Lowlands director Eric van Eerdenburg still has some hope, but also takes into account that the festival cannot take place in August.

Van Eerdenburg is disappointed that the poor checks at the door at clubs and discos have consequences for the events. "I have also heard stories myself that there is very bad or even no checks at the entrance," he says in a response to the ANP. "Due to a number of really bad apples in the basket, people have been let in without proof. And we may now be the victims of that. That would be really bad."

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