Follow the latest Corona news in this live blog.
7 a.m. – WEEKLY RIVM numbers: The number of virus cases increases again
The weekly number of Corona infections increased for the second week in a row. The increase is slightly stronger than last week. The exact number will follow Tuesday in the weekly account of the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM).
The number of positive tests per week has decreased for nearly two months since the end of December. At that time, RIVM had received 82,340 positive test reports in seven days. That dropped to well below 30,000 infections in February. Last week, the downward trend ended when the number of infections was higher than the previous week for the first time in eight weeks.
RIVM reported that more and more people are contracting the British form of the virus. The institute estimates that two out of every three infections diagnosed now are the British mutation of the virus. RIVM previously believed that this point had already been reached at the beginning of February. However, analysis of samples showed that the rate at which the modified version was advanced was slightly slower.
6.55 a.m. – Relief expected at a press conference on Corona
It is expected that the Council of Ministers will come on Tuesday evening to cautiously ease some measures to combat Corona. For example, high school students will likely return to school partially again. Hairstylists may also be allowed to reopen and there will be more space for shopping. Insiders say the cabinet is also looking into whether young people can play sports abroad again.
Prime Minister Marc Rutte and Coronavirus Minister Hugo de Jong will hold a press conference on Tuesday evening. The government will make its final decision on Tuesday afternoon only. The sources confirmed, on Monday evening, that nothing was certain.
Even so, the controversial curfew appears almost certain to continue. Sources say that only by maintaining this measure will there be room for schools to partially reopen. Although a judge ruled last week that the curfew was invalid, there is now a new law in place. The appeal against the decision is still pending.
6.52 a.m. – “Complot crazy”: The festoon is the beginning of the end of time
Anyone who refuses to take the Corona vaccine risks being eventually decapitated. This is one of the letters in a Christian magazine door to door. Cost: Six tons.
“Eyeopener” was compiled by roving pastor Jaap Diliman (66) of Zeewolde, a well-known speaker in evangelical and racist congregations. According to him, the distribution is now five million copies. The first edition has already been distributed in the north of the Netherlands and since last weekend it has also been transferred to other provinces. Diliman says he has already spent 600,000 euros. My wife said: Where do you start? But I was able to collect the money effortlessly. “
6.51 am – LSVb discusses “perspective” for students
The National Student Union (LSVb) wants Cabinet to also offer students from colleges and universities the possibility to relax with the Corona procedures. Students from colleges and universities fall by the wayside, but the Cabinet takes no notice of this. Freya Ciabino, vice president of LSVb, says colleges and universities remain closed without any prospects.
She notes that according to the latest reports, the government will announce on Tuesday that secondary education will be given more space and students will be able to go to school for an average of one and a half days. MBO students are also likely to be allowed to take classroom lessons one day a week, but colleges and universities are consistently excluded, according to the Student Union. Shiapino: “Students are expected to be able to manage, but the stretch is running out. They are sucked into their laptops and plunged into isolation. Students should not be victims of this crisis anymore. Higher education desperately needs perspective.”
6.50 am – The goal of the vaccination campaign in Suriname
Suriname will start vaccinating residents on Tuesday. The first turn is the care workers who have direct contact with Corona patients. The vaccination campaign kicks off at Paramaribo Academic Hospital.
At the start of the campaign, Suriname has 1,000 doses of AstraZeneca. This allows five hundred employees to be vaccinated. This batch of vaccines was a gift from friendly Barbados. It is not clear when Suriname will receive the next batch of vaccines. In total, more than 400,000 people will have to be vaccinated in Suriname in the coming period.
6.48 a.m. – More complaints about parcel delivery in 2020
The number of complaints about parcel providers has increased dramatically in the past year. This is evidenced by research conducted by the Consumers Association for the third year in a row. In Corona 2020, more were ordered online, because stores were closed due to the lockdown.
The union received 13,000 complaints regarding the extradition. This is 4,000 more than the previous year, an increase of 44 percent. Most complaints were about parcels not being delivered (24 percent), followed by complaints about false “not at home” notices (21 percent).
Consumers complained the most about PostNL (8833) and DHL (2876). The increase in the number of complaints about smaller delivery services has been staggering. For example, 1,339 complaints about DPD were received, an increase of 84 percent compared to 2019. There were also more complaints about GLS (plus 80 percent) and UPS (plus 62 percent) than last year.
6.25 a.m. – The number of Corona cases in Germany drops again
In Germany, 3,883 new cases of coronavirus were recorded during the past 24 hours, according to reports by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of the Coronavirus Institute. The number of deaths from Covid-19 disease increased by 415.
The number of injuries is lower than it was on Monday, when there were 4,369 new cases. 7,676 injuries were reported on Sunday and 9,164 on Saturday.
In total, 2,394,811 Germans have now been infected with the coronavirus. 68,318 deaths were recorded.
Germany is currently on lockdown that will last until at least March 7. The authorities also recently expanded the ban on entry from countries where there are many cases of Corona mutations, such as the United Kingdom and South Africa.
8.30 p.m. – US flags in half a million deaths due to Corona
President Joe Biden has ordered the hanging of the American flag on the half mast on federal government buildings to commemorate the deaths of half a million people in the United States due to the Corona virus. His spokesman said the flag would remain at half-mast for five days in honor of the victims.
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which is closely monitoring statistics on the virus, reported at around 10:40 pm that the mark of half a million deaths from Corona had been crossed.
The United States is by far the world leader in the number of deaths. This also applies to the number of infections, which now stands at over 28 million. The mark of 400,000 American deaths in Corona was crossed over a month ago, and the mark of 100,000 at the end of May. In all countries combined, nearly 2.5 million people have died from Covid-19.
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