Leegstand: een doembeeld in de winkelbranche (foto: archief).

Corona news: A call for rapid opening of stores, and for 819 new cases of corona in Brabant

Vacant: A picture of agony in the retail sector (Photo: Archive).

In this live blog, we keep you updated on Saturday with the latest news about the Corona crisis in Brabant and beyond.

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  • Youth organizations and sports federations call on the Council of Ministers to allow young people to practice sports in groups or teams in their federation as soon as possible.
  • A so-called “audition event” was held with Breda artist Guido Weijers at the Beatrix in Utrecht on Saturday.
  • To date, 79 rioters and inciters were convicted for their role in the curfew riots a month ago.
  • There are 819 new coronavirus cases in Brabant.
  • In the past 24 hours, 29 new Corona patients have been admitted to hospitals in our province.
  • Read all the news about Coronavirus on our features page.

19.10 – “Stores must open quickly”
Retailers can and must re-open their doors. If not, about 20 percent of cases will close in the next two months and there will be around 60,000 jobs at risk. This says the Dutch Retail Council (RND). According to the trade association, there is no relative reason to keep stores closed anymore. According to the RND, stores, for example, are not making a significant contribution to the spread of coronavirus as transportation sites. There are also no higher rates of absenteeism in the retail sector. Meanwhile, about 300,000 store employees who are now at home fear their jobs.

Industry association INretail also believes that closing retailers is taking too long. Moreover, store owners and catering business are outraged that Minister Hugo de Jong (Public Health) has come up with proposals to allow the public to re-enter sporting events and matches, but he does not yet offer any prospects for reopening stores, restaurants and cafes.

18.10 – No place really crowded, despite the good weather
On the beach, in the sand dunes, forests and other nature reserves of our country, the place was crowded on a Saturday afternoon, as expected. Because of the beautiful spring-like weather, with a maximum of about 19 degrees, many people went out. However, it wasn’t very busy in most places. Aside from the parking lot in Zandvoort, access roads or parking spaces do not need to be closed.

6:00 pm – Guido Weiers is tired but satisfied
Guido Weiers takes a look at his performance on Saturday afternoon at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht, satisfied and slightly emotionally. There were five hundred people, unique in these Corona times. The display is part of an investigation that must show whether large gatherings can take place “evidence of Corona”. Regarding this, the audience will also be accepted on Sundays during NEC – De Graafschap.

17.50 – Anti-police demonstration is going quietly
At a demonstration against police violence in Malefeld in The Hague, the maximum number of participants was reached on Saturday and the incoming protesters had to be stopped. The demonstration ended at about five in the evening. According to a police spokesman, the demonstration went smoothly and followed police instructions. Participants against police violence and Corona rules carried banners with texts like “When will the police wake up?” “Media is opium for the people” and “dictatorship”.

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Six people were arrested near Malefield, but they weren’t protesters. Two of them were arrested for insults. The other four for not complying with an order.

16.10 – The number of Corona patients in Dutch hospitals decreased
The number of Corona patients in Dutch hospitals has decreased during the past 24 hours. According to the National Patient Distribution Coordination Center (LCPS), 1,858 people with Covid-19 have been admitted currently, 85 fewer than Friday. Of these patients, 522 are so ill that they are in intensive care. That’s twelve days more than the day before.

15.20 – 819 new cases of corona in Brabant
Between Friday morning and Saturday morning, 819 new cases of corona were diagnosed in Brabant. This is a slight increase compared to the previous day when it came to 812 new cases. Across the country, there are 4,604 positive coronavirus tests. That’s again more than last week’s average of 3,759 per day, according to figures released by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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14.25 – Retailers and the catering industry outraged after De Jong’s comments
Catering retailers and businessmen are outraged that Minister Hugo de Jong (Public Health) has come up with proposals to allow the public to enter sporting events and competitions again, but he is not yet offering the possibility of reopening stores, restaurants and cafes. Industry organizations INretail and Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) announced this in response to De Jonge’s remarks in De Telegraaf.

13.28 – Eighteen Zeeland-West Brabant rioters condemned
So far, 79 rioters and agitators have been convicted for their role in the curfew-related riots last month. That reports One today Based on a tour of all stadiums. The suspects were sometimes sentenced to months in prison. Innocence followed in three cases. A number of cases have been held for further investigation.

Most of the suspects (22) were arrested in Amsterdam. 16 of them were convicted. Zeeland-West Brabant came second: 18 arrests and 18 convictions. According to the Public Prosecution Service (OM), more convictions will follow.

12:30 p.m. – 200 million vaccines worldwide
More than 200 million doses of Corona vaccines have been given worldwide so far. It happened in at least 107 countries and territories, according to Agence France-Presse statistics. Nearly half (45 percent) of the injections took place in the G7 wealthy countries: the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The G7 countries together account for about 10 percent of the world’s population. On Friday, the Club of Industrialized Countries promised to share vaccines with the least developed countries.

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11.20 – Proofs tested on a large scale in April
From April, the government expects that it will be possible to “issue test certificates to hundreds of thousands of people every day”. In this way, people who get a negative rapid test result should be given the opportunity to go to sporting events and competitions, for example, says Minister Hugo de Jong. The Ministry of Health said earlier this week that certification testing, possibly via app, and access tests are being considered.

11.15 – There are 295 Coronavirus patients in Brabant Hospitals
During the past 24 hours, 29 new Corona patients have been admitted to Brabant Hospitals. In total, there are now 295 people with coronavirus in hospitals, 29 fewer than on Friday.

During the past 24 hours, 49 Corona patients in Brabant were discharged from the hospital, five people were transferred to another hospital, and six patients died of Corona during the past 24 hours. This is evident from the new ROAZ numbers on Saturday.

10.15 – Tattoo shops want to open simultaneously with hairdressers
Organization of the Dutch branch of Tattoo Arts assumes a simultaneous opening with hairdressers. The interest group believes tattoo makers don’t make a difference compared to hairdressers when it comes to spreading the Corona virus. A spokesperson for the tattoo industry said, “We are doing healthier and working at a rate of 1.5 clients per artist per day. There is no comparison with hairdressers who quickly visit 16 clients per day.”

09.30 – “Let the youth play sports outside”
Youth organizations and sports associations call on the Council of Ministers to allow young people to practice sports in groups or teams in their union as soon as possible. They consider fixed training groups and social association structures essential for most Dutch people to keep regular exercise. “Young people started to exercise significantly less during the Corona crisis, which had a negative impact on their physical and mental health.”

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08.10 – ‘Coronavirus measures increase refugees ’language shortage
D66 in Den Bosch is concerned that language deficiencies among refugees with residency, so-called status holders, are increasing due to coronavirus restrictions. According to D66, “the backlog is going down”. The political party calls for addressing linguistic accumulation, as well as the accumulation of people with housing status. This also worries the party. That is why action is being requested from the mayor and members of the House of Representatives.

06.00 – “The company must put employees before shareholders”
According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, companies struggling over coronavirus measures can count on subsidies for some time. Even when the community is open again. In this way, he wants to prevent entrepreneurs from falling over or forcing them to sell their viable businesses to investors “for almost nothing.” You can read this in an online brochure. With this, Rota explains what he believes society should look like after the aura.

03.30 – Guido Weijers audition event begins at the Beatrix
About five hundred people gathered on Saturday at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht for an afternoon of old-fashioned laughter. During the second test event for Fieldlab Events, an initiative from both business, public events, and government that tests how events can take place safely in this time of Corona, Guido Weijers will be showing it to a large audience for the first time in a long time.

00.57 – The vaccine has reached all the Caribbean islands in the Kingdom
Coronavirus vaccines sent from the Netherlands to Saint Martin, Saint Eustatius and Saba were also delivered on Friday afternoon (local time). Earlier this week, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao had already received the first shipments. Vaccination began immediately in Aruba. Bonaire and Saint Martin start Monday in Curaçao. In Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire and Saint Martin, people who work in health care and people over the age of 60 are vaccinated.

11:42 p.m. – The Senate backs the emergency curfew law, which goes into effect this weekend
A large majority in the Senate supports the emergency law on curfews, which the Cabinet quickly put in place this week. The House of Representatives also approved the emergency law on Thursday. After the law is published in the Official Gazette, it will enter into force. In any case, the curfew will continue until the morning of March 3. On Tuesday, the Cabinet will announce how it will proceed with Corona’s measures after that date.

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