The intelligent lockdown remains largely intact until the end of May to stem the spread of the new corona virus. Primary schools are partly reopening, but major events and sports competitions have been canceled until at least 1 September. Follow the latest developments regarding the corona crisis in this live blog.
- The number of corona deaths in the Netherlands has risen to 4,566.
- In total, 38,416 people in our country have so far been tested positive for the virus.
- The influx into hospitals seems to be leveling off: 10,609 corona patients have (have been) admitted to date.
- There are currently a total of 905 patients in intensive care.
- View the number of hospital admissions per municipality on this map.
Update 09:42 -Later on the day another crisis meeting on corona
The cabinet crisis team will meet again on Wednesday afternoon to discuss how to deal with the corona virus. Last week, after the talks, there was a press conference announcing that some of the measures would be extended until May 20.
Important decisions like this are not expected this week, government sources say Heart of the Netherlands. There is therefore no press conference on Wednesday. Prime Minister Rutte will speak to the press briefly after the consultation. Incidentally, the cabinet’s crisis team will meet only once a week in the coming period. Since the start of the corona crisis, consultations were often held on Tuesday and Thursday. From now on, this will only be on Wednesday, according to sources close to the cabinet.
Originally, the House had two weeks of May recesses, but the groups are still working on because of the corona outbreak. For example, there is a meeting on Wednesday about the measures in education. On Thursday, the House will receive a technical briefing on tests and protective equipment against the corona virus.
The weekly cabinet meeting will also take place on Friday.
Update 08:15 – More than 250 fake news messages about corona distributed via Twitter
Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the Netherlands, 251 unreliable news reports about COVID-19 have been distributed via Twitter. This is reported by the data journalism platform Pointer (KRO-NCRV) after investigation.
For the study, Pointer collected nearly 1.2 million Dutch-language tweets from the past two months that featured the words corona, coronavirus, #coronavragen, COVID or NCOV. According to Pointer, the sources of the more than 250 fake messages that circulate include websites such as De Dagaily Standaard, Sceptr, Fenixx, Xander Nieuws and Amalek. Incorrect and unproven statements about the corona virus are also regularly made in YouTube videos by Robert Jensen, Ongehoord Nederland and Café Weltschmerz, according to the platform.
According to the incorrect reports, RIVM, medical science and the government lie about the severity of the virus. Or it’s about the unproven link between 5G and COVID-19 and false drug claims.
Update 07:36 – “Smiling buses” cheer up motorists A4
Motorists driving on the A4 along Bergen op Zoom have recently been greeted by a few smiling buses. At the company Zeebra Tours, many of the vehicles are standing still due to the corona crisis. A mechanic from the company came up with an idea to provide the buses with a cheerful appearance.
After some cutting and pasting, this is the result:
Update 06:46 – NS is running slightly more intercity trains
The NS will deploy slightly more intercity trains as of Wednesday. This makes it easier to keep a meter and a half away in the train. The rail company still calls for traveling alone when it is really necessary and otherwise staying at home. “In this way, we keep the Netherlands accessible to healthcare workers and other people for whom traveling by train is really necessary.”
The NS introduced the basic timetable on 21 March. A train departed from each station twice an hour in each direction. These were mainly sprinters, with a few intercity trains here and there. With the extension of the basic timetable, an intercity departs from almost every station where intercity trains normally stop, at least once an hour. The IC Direct runs twice an hour between Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
The NS warns that travelers can also experience longer travel times and more frequent changes in the reinforced basic timetable. The advice is to plan the trip shortly before departure.
Read more: Public transport companies are slightly expanding their corona timetable
Update 06:21 – “Lockdown leads to more stress and unhealthy lifestyle”
The corona crisis has not benefited the lifestyle of most Dutch people. More than a third have moved less since the lockdown, many are more stressed and the vast majority have not adjusted their eating behavior. This is evident from a survey conducted by research agency Ipsos, in collaboration with de Volkskrant, among about a thousand Dutch people.
When asked how their behavior in the past two weeks has been different from the pre-corona crisis, 13 percent say they exercise and exercise more often, and eat 18 percent healthier. On the other hand, 38 percent say they exercise or exercise less. Of the respondents, 35 percent experience more stress, especially young people (40 percent). A large majority say they have not changed anything with regard to healthy eating (73 percent).
Many people stick to their pre-crisis habits. That’s not surprising, experts say: changing behavior is very difficult. Your living environment plays an important role in this; the place where many people are trapped. Stress in particular creates many problems.
Update 06:03 – Youth football training starts with strict rules
In most municipalities, youth footballers can start training again on Wednesday. The relaxation of the corona measures by the cabinet means that children up to and including the age of 12 (more than 300,000 KNVB members) are allowed to train again, without necessarily having to keep a distance of 1.5 meters. The 1.5 meter rule does apply to youth aged 13 to 18 years (almost 275,000 KNVB members). The football association published a number of protocols on Tuesday that all involved must adhere to.
Of course, you should not come to players if you have complaints or if someone in the same household has tested positive for the virus in the previous fourteen days. You must also report your arrival in advance, if you prefer to travel alone or accompanied by a person from the same household, you come to the club where the dressing rooms remain closed, in sportswear.
The football association has also drawn up protocols for parents, trainers and drivers. Also in other sports can be carefully trained by youth.
Update 05:23 – De Bijenkorf is open to the public again
The Bijenkorf stores that had closed their doors because of the corona virus will open again on Wednesday. Customers visiting the store will have to adhere to various security measures.
All branches of De Bijenkorf closed on their own initiative on March 17 to limit further spread of the coronavirus. The chain has stores in seven cities in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. De Bijenkorf also has a distribution center in Tilburg.
In the shops, the 1.5 meter distance rule comes into force. Furthermore, the number of customers who are allowed in the stores at the same time is limited. Walking routes have also been installed and catering and cosmetics services are not available.
Update 02:31 – Less population growth due to new coronavirus
The Dutch population grew less in the past quarter than in the same period a year earlier. Because of the new coronavirus, the number of deaths exceeded the number of births. The population grew only because of migration. This is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The population grew by 15,500 in the past quarter, 8,500 less than in the first quarter of 2019. Deaths from the new coronavirus began to increase in mid-March. Partly because of this, 3000 more people died than were born in the past quarter. The population grew, because more people moved to the Netherlands than to foreign countries.
But CBS sociologist Tanja Traag also sees signs that migration flows have been affected by the outbreak of the new coronavirus. For example, many Dutch people moved here in March. “These are, for example, people who were abroad for work and who returned because of corona.” Some refrained from emigration. “For example, people who think: that job at the UN in New York is not going to work now, I will stay.”
In the past quarter, nearly 2,000 more Poles came to the Netherlands than left. This makes people with a Polish background the largest migrant group. However, as of January, the number of people leaving for Poland is increasing, while the number of immigrants from the country is decreasing. Slowly suspects that this is partly due to the corona virus. The number of immigrants from India and Turkey started to decrease in March. “We expect to see the effect of the coronavirus on migration much more clearly when the April data arrives,” said Traag.