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New British health minister says sorry for tweet

The new health


of the United Kingdom, Sajid Javid, apologized on Sunday for a tweet that came in for a lot of criticism,

BBC News

reported on


Javid - who recently tested positive for the coronavirus - wrote in a post that he was cured of COVID-19 within a week, adding that vaccines can help "live with the virus, rather than fear it any longer." ". 

An organization for COVID-19 victims and Britain's largest opposition party, Labor, criticized Javid's choice of words. “This could hurt victims of COVID-19,” the parties argued. For example, the minister would not have considered that British people could be afraid of the virus, for example because they lost family members to the virus or have a fragile health themselves. Javid joined that lecture. "Like many, I have lost loved ones to this terrible virus and I would never want to downplay the impact of COVID-19. It was an unfortunate choice of words."

Javid deleted his previous post.

He succeeded the resigned Matt Hancock at the end of June.

Hancock resigned after a fuss about an incident in which he did not comply with the corona rules.

He was responsible for this as Minister of Health.

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Officers injured and dozens detained in corona protests in France

During the French corona protests on Saturday, 29 police officers were injured and 71 people were arrested, authorities in the country reported a day later.

Protests were held in various places against the 'health pass' and the vaccination obligation that the government wants to introduce for healthcare personnel, among others.

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Fewer new positive tests (4,665) than average (6,453)

RIVM reports 4,665 new positive tests on Sunday.

That is less than the average of the past seven days (6,453).

Last Sunday, the institute reported 10,065 positive tests.

The number of corona-related deaths rose by four last 24 hours.

This does not necessarily mean that four people have died from the effects of the virus in the past 24 hours.

There may be a delay between the notification and the date of death.

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Number of patients in hospital increases by 29 to 533

The total number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals increased to 533 on Sunday. That is 29 more than on Saturday, when 504 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.

This is evident from figures from the National Coordination Center for Patients Spreading (LCPS).

Of them, 399 are in the nursing ward, eleven more than the day before.

There are 134 corona patients in intensive care (IC), eighteen more than on Saturday.

A total of 87 new patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

Of them, 16 had to go to ICU, and 71 ended up in a nursing ward.

The day before, 89 new patients were added.

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Access to Terschelling youth campsites only after negative test

Only young people who have received a negative test result through Testen voor Entry will be given access to one of the two youth campsites on Terschelling, the municipality of the Wadden Island said. Young people who have been fully vaccinated do not have to present a negative test. The check takes place before entering the camping site.

The municipality introduced this measure after the number of infections increased significantly after a stay on Terschelling. Although it is not clear whether the young people actually contracted the infection on Terschelling, the youth campsites did come up in the source and contact investigation of the GGD.

The municipality also calls on young people who go on holiday to the island, but do not stay at a youth campsite, to be tested in advance.

The advice also applies to have you tested during your stay.

This is possible at the test location on Terschelling.

People who test positive for the virus will be brought ashore safely.

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Stricter measures for Dutch tourists in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has

also tightened

the measures for Dutch tourists.

All Dutch tourists, including those who have been (fully) vaccinated, must hand over a negative PCR test when they want to go to Bulgaria.

By way of exception, travelers may also enter on Mondays with only a negative antigen test.

That will no longer be possible from Tuesday.

It is not yet known whether there are exceptions to the rule.

The ministry says it will provide more information as soon as it is known.

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Norway tightens rules for Dutch tourists

Norway will tighten the corona


from Monday for, among others, Dutch travelers who want to visit the Scandinavian country. All not fully vaccinated travelers are required to be quarantined, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Travelers who received the Janssen vaccine more than three weeks ago or who received their second shot with a different corona vaccine more than a week ago are considered fully vaccinated for Oslo.

Visitors who are not fully vaccinated must register before arriving in Norway and present a negative PCR test and be quarantined for a period of ten days.

Of these, the first three days must be spent in a hotel assigned by the Norwegian government.

After a negative PCR test on day four, it is in principle possible to complete the quarantine in a desired location (hotel or house).

Children under 12 do not need to be tested.

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Delta variant dominant in coming months

The delta variant of the coronavirus has now spread to 124 areas worldwide, the health organization WHO reports.

It is expected to become the dominant variant in the coming months.

The WHO predicts that more than 200 million people could become infected with the delta variant within a few weeks.

The number of infections with the delta variant is rising, especially in Europe and the countries west of the Pacific.

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Suriname relaxes corona rules and shortens curfew by 3 p.m.

Surinamese are allowed to go out on the street again from Saturday until 9 p.m. That is three hours longer than was the case in the past 2.5 months. The maximum number of people allowed to be together has gone from five to ten.

Another important relaxation is the reopening of recreational resorts, casinos and other gambling facilities, the Surinamese government reported on Saturday. Secondary education students are also given the opportunity to take tests.

The number of corona infections and deaths in Suriname has been decreasing for several weeks, although there were days in the last week when the number of positively tested people was higher than the day before.

The death toll has been between one and five a day in recent days.

On average, around thirty patients a day are cared for in the intensive care unit.

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