Dutch positive coronavirus tests hit 804, death toll doubles to 10

Dutch positive coronavirus tests hit 804, death toll doubles to 10

The Dutch death toll in the current coronavirus outbreak doubled on Friday to 10, the RIVM public health institute said in its daily round-up. A further 190 people have tested positive for the virus, taking the total to 804. The total includes 179 healthcare workers, who are being tested more often, the RIVM said. All the patients who died were elderly and had underlying health issues. Some 115 are currently, or have been treated, in hospital. The RIVM has an…More>

The government came under heavy fire in parliament on Thursday evening following the announcement of new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. In particular, both opposition and coalition parties slammed the decision not to close daycare centres, primary schools and secondary schools, partly because it would force healthcare staff to stay home and look after their children. However, a motion to force the cabinet to close schools, as has happened in Belgium and parts of Germany, failed to win…More>

The airline and hospitality industries in the Netherlands are already experiencing severe symptoms from the coronavirus. Hospitality sector association KHN reports that cancellations have risen by 48%, according to a survey of almost 4,000 of its members. Meanwhile Schiphol airport has announced that passenger numbers dropped by a fifth in the first week of March. If all flights to and from the United States are temporarily cancelled as president Donald Trump has announced Schiphol expects the fall to…More>

Amsterdam city handed out €6.4 million in fines for housing fraud last year, a record sum. The 500 fines, mostly given out for illegal holiday rentals and breaking letting rules, were a third higher than in 2018, according to a city press release. The city council claims that a tough approach also freed up 1,307 homes to be lived in by dissolving illegal contracts. The results of this approach to housing fraud shows that homes are all too often used…More>

Sex clubs have seen a gap in the entertainment market and are staying open despite the coronavirus crackdown measures. Andr van Dorst, director of the VER union for relaxation companies, reportedly told the Telegraaf that most sex clubs, erotic massage salons and escort businesses would remain open. There are two aspects, he reportedly said. Of course, customers stay away if they are sick. But there are plenty of customers who just keep coming. He said that although there has been…More>

Dutch house prices rose consistently for two decades, longer than in other countries, according to a new report. The CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis claims that the Dutch housing market was unusual in that house prices rose continuously for 23 of the last 50 years, and had only two short crashes. By contrast, nearby countries had more patterns of downturn and recovery. House prices have grown far more than other goods or services during the period in the…More>

More than half of DutchNews.nl readers think the government is not doing a good job in combating coronavirus and 16% of you think we should be prepared for the worst, according to an online survey of over 1,600 readers. Just 12.5% of you think the government is acting appropriately and that it is important not to over-react. The Netherlands is a very small but densely populated country and that is why the virus is spreading here faster than in our…More>

The Dutch government on Thursday announced new nationwide measures to try to contain the coronavirus epidemic in the Netherlands. Heres what you need to know. Social contacts If you have a cold, a cough, sore throat or a fever stay home. Avoid contact with others. Only call your doctor if your symptoms get worse. Gatherings of more than 100 people have been cancelled. This includes public places such as museums, concerts, theatres, professional and amateur sports events and matches. Churches…More>

The new maximum speed limit of 100kph will start coming into effect in some but not all motorways on Friday and motorists must heed the signs or face fines, police have said. The official changeover is not until 6am on Monday but because of the sheer volume of work for the transport department, some stretches of motorway have their new signs and maximum speeds from Friday 13. The department has to change over some 4,000 signs nationwide and…More>

We may be on virtual lockdown for the time being, and no-one knows how long the coronavirus scare will continue. But to give you something to look forward to April, May and June include no less than seven significant events on the Dutch calendar and lots of excuses for a party (if we can have them). Pasen This year Easter (Goede vrijdag, 1e and 2e Paasdag) takes place from April 10 to 13. The Dutch are very keen…More>

A survey by art magazine BK Informatie has resulted in a list of 100 prime examples of public art in the Netherlands but, the article points out, maintaining these sculptures, statues and paintings is not always the first priority. Nearly 500 people sent in their votes for around 288 works of art. A jury of art experts then assembled a list of 100 top pieces, which can be found in parks, water fronts, railway stations and squares. To make it…More>

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