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- 353 corona patients in hospitals in Brabant
- 1025 new infections in Brabant
- The number of corona cases is rising again throughout the Netherlands: 5,974 reports last 24 hours
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14.25 – Number of new corona cases up again
The number of new corona cases in the Netherlands has increased again. Between Thursday morning and Friday morning, 5,974 positive tests were registered, the highest number in a week. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reported 5720 cases on Thursday and 4615 on Wednesday, but that was partly due to a technical malfunction.
Also last week there were more positive tests on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday than on Monday and Tuesday. According to the GGDs, this may be because fewer people are tested on weekends than during the week. If someone was tested on Saturday or Sunday, the result may be known on Monday or Tuesday.
14.23 – 1025 new infections in Brabant
1025 new positive corona infections have been reported in Brabant. This is evident from the daily infection update of the RIVM. A day earlier there was an increase of 1053 infections.
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14.05 – This time amusement parks did not ask for corona support, but ‘next time Efteling will be there again’
Many Brabant companies have requested emergency aid from the government for the second time via the NOW scheme. In addition to DAF and VDL, the top 10 includes many catering companies and employment agencies. Economist Thijs Geijer does have an explanation for this, as well as for the notable absentees: amusement parks such as Efteling and Beekse Bergen. Geijer expects that they will come back for support later.
13.41 – Excess mortality is on the rise again
Statistics Netherlands estimates that excess mortality nationwide last week amounted to about eighteen percent. That percentage is slightly lower in Brabant, where excess mortality amounts to sixteen percent. Due to corona, the overall mortality has increased again in recent weeks. During the first corona peak, excess mortality had increased by up to 200 percent.
13.26 – Pfizer and BioNTech apply for corona vaccine approval
The American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech will apply for approval for their corona vaccine on Friday. They submit the application to the United States Medicines Authority, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the petitioners, the FDA can use an accelerated authorization procedure because it is an emergency.
This could make the vaccine available in the United States before the turn of the year. The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is said to be 95 percent effective in combating Covid-19.
12.26 – ‘Second corona wave in Belgium less deadly’
The second wave of the coronavirus is less deadly in Belgium than the first. According to virologist Steven Van Gucht of health institute Sciensano, explanations for this are probably the experiences gained and progress in treatment. There are also fewer deaths in nursing homes, he said during a press conference of the crisis center.
“This second wave again claimed many human lives, but fortunately seems less deadly than the first wave for the time being”, says Van Gucht. With the first wave he refers to the period from March 10 to June 21. The numbers for the second wave run from June 22 to November 17.
11.38 – ‘Young shoppers in particular are increasingly on the road again in groups’
Consumers visit the shopping streets more regularly. In addition, shopping is increasingly done in groups. This is the conclusion of research and consultancy firm Q&A after research among 4,200 consumers. Young adults in particular between the ages of 18 and 35 seem to increasingly ignore the advice from the cabinet to go to shops only and only for essential purchases.
When it comes to grocery shopping, 63 percent of consumers surveyed in October do this alone. In May during the first corona wave this was 69 percent. At stores in the so-called non-food sector, 47 percent of those surveyed go out alone. That was 56 percent in the spring. The number of people who go shopping with three or more people doubled from 5 percent in May to 10 percent in October.
11.26 – 353 corona patients in hospitals in Brabant
In the past 24 hours, 38 new corona patients have been admitted to the Brabant hospitals. In total, there are now 353 corona patients in the hospitals in our province.
In the past 24 hours, 39 patients have been discharged from the various hospitals. Seven corona patients have died, two more than the day before. In total, seven patients have been transferred to other hospitals.
11.03 – GPs start referring more people to hospital again
More people are being referred by their GP to hospital or mental health clinic. The number is still lower than it would have been without a corona outbreak, but it is increasing compared to last week.
The Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) cannot yet say whether this is a direct result of the decreasing number of corona cases and hospital admissions. The number of referrals last week was 80 percent of the number that would normally be expected. The week before this was 72 percent.
9.44 – Children still happy, but not all very happy
Most children in the Netherlands are very happy, even in times of corona. But children growing up in a difficult situation rate their lives much lower. This is reported by Children’s Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer after research among nearly 2000 children. The survey is conducted every two years.
In total this time 1994 children and young people from 8 to 18 years old completed a questionnaire. On average, they gave their life a 7.8. That is half a point higher than in 2016 and slightly more than in 2018. The 1,237 children who grow up without problems in their lives rate this with an average of 8.3. For the 236 children who grow up with a problem in the home situation, this is 7.2.
08.44 – ‘Cooperation with European neighboring countries fails during corona pandemic’
Cooperation between many European neighboring countries is failing during the corona pandemic. This has negative consequences for the economy and social relationships in various border regions, a new study shows. Most European national borders were closed this spring because the authorities did not make mutual agreements about the various national corona measures, conclude researchers associated with Maastricht University.
In Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, for example, there was a lack of coordination about economic support measures for cross-border workers. Unlike in the field of disaster relief, as in 2000 during the fireworks disaster in Enschede, in the case of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium there are no protocols or agreements for mutual assistance in border regions in the event of a pandemic.
Some German hospitals have admitted Dutch corona patients, but this was mainly due to ad hoc cooperation and not to previous agreements between the governments.
08.00 – ‘Recovery of agricultural sector hit by second corona wave’
The recovery in the Dutch agricultural sector is likely to take longer due to the second corona wave, expected until the second half of next year. ABN AMRO writes this in a report on the agricultural sector. The bank says that the corona crisis has led to considerably lower prices for dairy and especially French fries potatoes because much less was sold to, for example, restaurants, hotels and fast food chains.
06.00 – Travel industry is preparing for a better holiday year
Due to the corona measures, going on holiday is now virtually impossible, but tour operators will be receiving bookings again before the summer of 2021. They are also busy purchasing hotel rooms for the new season. Discussions are also taking place with the government about the necessary preparations. Trade association ANVR expects a lot of nuisance from the corona virus and the travel advice from the government in the beginning of 2021. But if the long-awaited corona vaccines and rapid tests at airports are available, things can go fast, according to ANVR CEO Frank Oostdam.
06.00 – CNV investigation: working from home is here to stay, even after the corona crisis
Should the corona crisis end next year, seven in ten workers who now often work from home want to continue to do so in the future. This has emerged from a survey by the CNV trade union among three thousand members who work from home. The union argues for additional tax benefits for home-working resources. Almost half of the respondents – 45 percent – also want appointments outside the door to continue online after the crisis.
05.56 -The man cares a little more since the corona crisis
Since the outbreak of the corona crisis, 31 percent of fathers are taking on more care tasks. This is according to a study published Friday by Utrecht University. Yet the distribution is still far from equal, writes de Volkskrant.
03.11 – ‘Bankruptcy wave in spring’
While unemployment is declining slightly, the number of bankruptcies in over 21 years has not been as low as it is now and, according to economists, the economy is recovering from the corona crisis faster than expected, in the background more and more companies will be in serious trouble from now on. In the second quarter of next year even a tidal wave of bankruptcies awaits, writes De Telegraaf.
01.26 – Stop using Remdesivir in admitted corona patients
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises countries to stop using the virus-inhibiting inhibitor desivir in corona patients admitted to hospital. According to WHO, the drug has ‘no significant effect’ on the health of Covid-19 patients, regardless of how sick they are. Remdesivir is administered to, among others, Covid-19 patients who require oxygen supply. The drug is also used in the Netherlands.
00.01 – Total number of deaths remains approximately the same
The number of deaths did not increase further last week, but remains higher than usual for the time of year. This is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The researchers do not yet have an idea of what caused these people to die, but the increase is probably mainly due to the second wave of the corona virus.
Last week, an estimated 3,600 people died. That is about the same as a week earlier and 650 more than is usual for the time of the year. More people have died than usual since the end of September. The researchers have made a comparison with the mortality statistics in the previous five years.
23.38 – Vaccine approval
The European Union may already approve two corona vaccines in the second half of December. These are the vaccines from BioNTech-Pfizer and from Moderna, says President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission. But very small amounts of the vaccine will be available initially, she warns. “The large numbers will come later.” According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the favorable developments offer ‘perspective’.
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