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New York declares state of emergency over corona situation

The American state of New York will

declare a state of emergency from

December 3 due to concerns about the corona pandemic. Governor Kathy Hochul previously reported that the new omicron variant is being watched closely in her state. It is not known whether a case of the new variant has already been observed.

Authorities say the pressure on hospitals has increased sharply in the past month. In the state of approximately 20 million inhabitants, about 300 corona patients are admitted to hospital every day. New York has previously been one of the US states hardest hit by the corona virus.

Declaring a state of emergency gives authorities more options to intervene if the situation worsens.

Such as limiting non-emergency medical procedures in hospitals.

Potential staff shortages in healthcare can also be tackled more effectively.

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Sint Maarten reports significantly fewer positive tests

For the first time in more than four months, there is 'only' twenty registered corona infections on Sint Maarten. In recent months, the numbers were significantly higher, with 345 infections as a low on August 14.

On July 12, the island had nineteen infections. At that time, there were a total of 34 corona-related deaths, but that number has now risen to 75. There were no more corona patients in hospital on Friday. Eleven people are currently in quarantine on the island, twenty people have to stay in home isolation.

The government emphasizes that the population should still wear a mask in public spaces and should avoid social contacts as much as possible.

Everyone is also advised to wash their hands often.

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COVID-19 pill MSD less effective than thought

The anti-COVID-19 pill from pharmaceutical company MSD appears to be less effective than thought in a latest evaluation. The most recent clinical studies show that the pill offers 30 percent protection against death or hospitalization, the company reports Friday. Previously, this seemed to be the case in 50 percent of the cases.

Earlier this week, MSD applied for approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to market the pill in Europe. The EMA has yet to assess the application, but has already given European governments permission to prescribe the drug.

The MSD pill is called molnupiravir and is marketed under the name Lagevrio.

The drug is intended for people who have just tested positive for the virus and are at risk of becoming very ill.

People should start taking the pill within five days of the first symptoms.

They then take it twice a day for five days.

Pfizer has also asked the EMA for a review of its anti-COVID-19 pill Paxlovid.

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First delivery of corona vaccines for children before the end of the year

Although there is no official decision yet to vaccinate (groups of) children aged five to eleven, the first delivery of the corona vaccine from Pfizer is expected at the end of next month /BioNTech intended for children.

This concerns 42,000 doses with an adjusted child dose, Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wrote to the House of Representatives on Friday evening.

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Evening after corona press conference went smoothly despite calls for riots

The evening after the corona press conference seems to have passed without disturbances throughout the country.

The police initially took into account unannounced demonstrations, disturbances and possible riots after Friday's press conference in which the corona measures were tightened again.

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OMT again advises the cabinet to consider longer Christmas holidays

The OMT has again asked the cabinet to consider extending the Christmas holidays of schools in order to reduce the number of corona infections.

This is stated in the latest OMT advice to the outgoing cabinet.

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More closures due to not checking for corona admission ticket

In the past week, 35 companies were


on the fingers

for not checking

the corona admission ticket (CTB). Fifteen cases were threatened with a penalty. In addition, seven companies had to close their doors, according to the latest enforcement figures on Friday, outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) reported to the House of Representatives on Friday.

A corona ticket is required from the age of thirteen in the catering industry, at events and other activities.

Visitors can use the corona pass to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated, have a negative test or that they have had a corona infection.

In addition to the pass, proof of identity must also be presented.

Last week, Grapperhaus reported to the Chamber that there is no sector where more than roughly a third of the visitors are really checked according to that rule.

The outgoing cabinet is considering expanding the use of the corona ticket to non-essential shops and services.

In the event that this expansion continues, the "cabinet is working with the sector to work out a plan to organize the checks of the entrepreneurs in such a way that it is adequate, feasible and manageable", according to De Jonge.

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Moderna to develop booster vaccine for Omicron variant

The American biotech company Moderna is developing a booster vaccine for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that was labeled as worrying by the health organization on Friday. Earlier, Moderna had already developed boosters for the beta and delta variants of the virus. The company says it can have a vaccine ready for clinical studies within 60 to 90 days.

Pfizer/BioNTech has also indicated that it is investigating the Omicron variant. "We expect more data from our lab trials in two weeks," BioNTech said in a statement. "These data should show whether an adjustment to our vaccine is necessary for the new variant." Pfizer/BioNTech says it can deliver a new vaccine to patients within 100 days.

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GGD expects 85 of the 600 passengers from South Africa to be infected

The GGD expects 85 passengers from the two planes that returned from South Africa on Friday to be infected with the corona virus.

It is not yet clear whether this also concerns the new infectious Omicron variant.

There were about six hundred passengers in the two KLM aircraft.

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Rutte understands the need to celebrate Sinterklaas, 'preferably without grandparents'

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte understands that the Dutch want to 'just' celebrate Sinterklaas next week.

He hopes that the home visit rules will be observed during the holidays and also has one extra message for the younger children: 'Don't visit grandparents for the next three weeks'.

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The press conference in brief:

  • These are the 


     that outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) announced on Friday.

  • Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte 

    blames himself

     that the message from the cabinet does not come across sufficiently, he said at the press conference.

  • The prime minister says he 


     that the Dutch want to 'just' celebrate Sinterklaas next week.

    He hopes that the home visit rules will be observed during the holidays and also has one extra message for the younger children: 'Don't visit grandparents for the next three weeks'.

  • The complexes of the 

    amateur sports clubs

     must close at 5 p.m. for the next three weeks. 

  • Companies will soon be able to make use of 

    wage support

     through the NOW scheme again.

    At the same time, the allowance for fixed costs (TVL scheme) will be expanded. 

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    the other questions you had in this 



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No major incidents during press conference, but arrests

A demonstration during the corona conference in the center of The Hague went peacefully on Friday. About a hundred people held a noise protest on the Turfmarkt, where the Ministry of Justice and Security is located and where the press conference was held, but there were no disturbances.

The police did report that a number of people have been arrested in the center of The Hague and its surroundings for possessing illegal fireworks or for failing to show an identity card. Police did not comment on the number of people arrested.

"Thanks to the great efforts and alertness of the police, the evening in The Hague passed peacefully and confrontations were avoided. The police will remain alert," the municipality of The Hague tweeted.

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Paris makes face masks mandatory at busy outdoor locations

The city council of Paris made it mandatory on Friday to wear face masks outdoors in places where many people gather.

The measure is considered necessary because the number of infections in the French capital is rising rapidly.

Face masks are mandatory at markets, around schools and universities, at events and in queues.

In a statement, the Paris police writes that the number of corona infections in the past week has risen to 266 per 100,000 inhabitants.

In October, the number was still between 50 and 100.

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