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UK tightens entry rules and corona measures

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during an inserted press conference on Saturday evening that the United Kingdom will introduce stricter entry rules for all travelers from abroad.

Persons arriving in the UK are required to have a PCR test on the second day after arriving in the UK and in isolation until they have a negative result.

People will also have to wear face masks again in shops and public transport.

The measures will be reviewed in three weeks.

The tightening of the measures will take place on the day that the first two infections with the omicron variant are identified in the UK.

Johnson said that much is still unclear about this new variant from southern Africa.

"But scientists know more and more."

In any case, he says it is clear that the variant can be spread by people who have been fully vaccinated.

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More than a hundred people who did not meet test requirements KLM flight remained behind in Johannesburg

On a KLM flight from Johannesburg to Schiphol, more than a hundred passengers were left behind in South Africa on Friday evening because they did not meet the test requirements for the flight, according to the airline. KLM did not say how many people were ultimately on the plane.

The travelers who were allowed on the flight to Schiphol met the requirements set by the Dutch government. The GGD checked them on arrival, KLM reports. The airline checked the negative test statements of the passengers because of the assessment of South Africa as a country with a very high risk of corona infection.

Passengers who fall under this exception rule must be able to show a negative rapid test of a maximum of 24 hours old, in addition to a negative PCR test with a maximum validity of also 24 hours upon entering the airport or a maximum of 48 hours after arrival in the Netherlands.

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Germany moves thirty corona patients on IC due to crowds in hospitals

In the southern German state of Bavaria, a total of thirty seriously ill corona patients on ICs in hospitals will be moved to other parts of the country this weekend. In many southern and eastern hospitals, the pressure from large numbers of corona patients is very high.

Several patients have already been brought to the north and west of Germany on Saturday. They have been admitted to hospitals in the cities of Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Dortmund. Patients are also being driven by bus to the southwestern states of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, a spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior said.

On Friday, a military device already brought six corona patients who were in intensive care in Bavaria to other parts of the country.

The aircraft will also fly six corona patients to the north of Germany on Sunday.

Germany is currently also receiving Dutch corona patients, now that the pressure in Dutch hospitals has increased.

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A no-fly zone will also apply to Malawi from Sunday.

The no-fly zone that has been in effect for seven countries from the southern part of Africa since Saturday will be extended during the night from Saturday to Sunday.

In addition to South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the ban will also apply to Malawi from midnight.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management announced this on Saturday.

There is an exception to the no-fly zone for Dutch and EU citizens who are stuck in the area.

Medical personnel needed to fight the coronavirus are also allowed on repatriation flights to the Netherlands.

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Premiere ONE de Musical continues despite corona measures

The premiere ONE de Musical in Studios Aalsmeer will continue on Sunday despite the corona measures.

The performance was to start at 3 p.m. and finish around 5:30 p.m.

According to a spokesperson for the show, the performance will now start at 13:30 due to the measures.

The website of the musical states that a limited number of invitees are welcome.

They will receive a personal email.

In addition, the public is 1.5 meters away from each other.

Afternoon performances are played every Saturday and Sunday, and the organization wants to do this on Wednesday as well.

The evening performances from November 29 to December 18 are cancelled.

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Number of new corona patients in hospitals undiminished

A day before the new measures of the caretaker government to enter into force, the inflow of corona patients in Dutch hospitals is undiminished.

In the past 24 hours, 354 infected persons entered the nursing wards.

A total of 2,624 people with the corona virus will be in hospitals on Saturday, 2,069 of which will be in the nursing wards.

51 new people were admitted to the ICs between Friday and Saturday.

There are currently a total of 555 people in those departments with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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Two infections with the omicron variant found

in England Two infections with the omicron variant of the coronavirus have been


in England.

The two British cases are linked and linked to a trip to southern Africa, British Health Secretary Sajid Javid reported.

The two infected individuals have gone into self-isolation with their households in Nottingham and Chelmsford.

In the meantime, it is being investigated who they have had contact with.

The omicron variant was discovered in South Africa and has also been found in Belgium and Israel, among others.

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Selftests sales increases at supermarkets

Sales of self-tests for the coronavirus rises sharply at supermarkets, let the Central Bureau of Food Trade (CBL) know.

At Friday's press conference, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte called on people to test themselves before visiting someone.

The supply is going well, the members inform the CBL.

"Supermarkets are doing everything they can to maintain stock levels," said a spokesperson.

The CBL thinks that more people will buy self-tests in the near future.

"We are prepared for that."

The CBL emphasizes that if people get complaints, they should not come to the supermarkets with complaints, but should have others take a self-test for them.

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Wedding industry: Bridal couples in panic due to new measures

Due to the new corona measures, panic is starting to increase among engaged people, the Netherlands Wedding Industry Foundation notices. Weddings planned next year in particular are being cancelled.

"Most cancellations are from weddings in the first and second quarter of next year. Those bridal couples are now the most panicked," says chairman Frederiek Klop. "The couples who have their wedding planned in the shorter term have been working on a different interpretation for a few weeks to continue their day."

"Instead of a dinner and evening party, they bring it forward by organizing an extensive lunch, or they start with a party at 3 p.m. That goes very well if that is allowed until 8 p.m., but now the end time is 5 p.m. becomes a lot less attractive."

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New variant probably also in the Czech Republic and Germany

The new variant of the coronavirus, the omicron variant, has "very likely" also reached Germany.

This is reported by a regional minister in the federal state of Hesse, where the busy Frankfurt airport is located. 

Whether the traveler is really infected with the new variant remains to be seen from further research.

The WHO has labeled the omicron variant 'worrying'.

A suspicious case has also been reported in the Czech Republic.

It concerns someone who has been to Namibia, reports the National Institute of Public Health.

The variant first appeared in Europe on Friday, in Belgium.

The omicron variant has not yet surfaced in the Netherlands. 

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More countries ban flights to and from southern Africa

More and more countries are banning flights to and from southern Africa because of the contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The United States only admits American citizens from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

President Joe Biden called the decision "a precautionary measure."

Canada imposes similar travel restrictions.

Also Japan, Australia, Thailand, Oman and Sri Lanka, among others, are banning flights from the African countries where the omicron variant has been identified.

Earlier, the EU Member States, including the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom imposed a no-fly zone.

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New York declares state of emergency

The US state of New York declares a state of emergency on 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 twenty million inhabitants, about three hundred 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 considerably 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 vaccines for children will be delivered before the end of the year.

Although no official decision has yet been made about vaccinating (groups of) children between the ages of five and eleven, the first

vaccine for children will be delivered at the end of

next month. Destined delivery of the corona vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech expected.

This concerns 42,000 doses with an adjusted child dose, writes caretaker minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) 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 riots after Friday's press conference at 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 outgoing 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 cabinet.

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More closures due to failure to check a corona admission ticket

Over the past week, 35 companies were

reprimanded 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 for everyone aged thirteen or older in the catering industry, at events and other activities. Visitors can use the corona pass to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated, have undergone a negative test or have had a corona infection. In addition to the pass, proof of identity must also be presented. Last week, outgoing Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Public Health) reported to the House 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 announced 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 600 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 go to grandma and grandpa 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.

  • Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte 

    blames himself

     that the message of the caretaker 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 go to grandma and grandpa 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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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 were arrested in the center of The Hague and its surroundings for possessing illegal fireworks or because they were unable to show proof of identity. 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 requires face masks at busy outdoor locations

The city council of Paris made it mandatory on Friday to wear a face mask in outdoor 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 in 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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