Coronateststraat Zoetermeer is also open in the evenings and weekends
The corona test street in Zoetermeer is also open in the evenings and weekends from Monday. People can then go to Denmarklaan to be tested until 9 p.m. The GGD Haaglanden will also conduct tests at the weekend. With the longer opening hours, the GGD wants to further scale up the testing capacity in the region.
No Sinterklaas tours in Westland
The entry of Sinterklaas into the various Westland centers is canceled this year. Mayor Bouke Arends communicated this to the organizing committees yesterday, media partner WOS reports. Other physical activities, such as the Sinterklaas house, cannot be held either.
The cancellations of the entries have been taken in connection with the new, stricter, corona measures. “The national ban on events unfortunately makes the entries impossible,” said the mayor. ‘That is unfortunate, but only logical in view of safety. Various committees are considering an alternative interpretation, whereby the Sinterklaas time can still be enjoyed from home. That way, the party won’t go unnoticed this year. ‘
Hoogvliet closes shops at 8 p.m.
Supermarket chain Hoogvliet will close almost all stores in the region from Thursday at 8 p.m. Only the branch in the center of Leiden will remain open after 8 p.m., a spokesperson for the retail chain said. Hoogvliet has decided to do this because the new corona measures mean that alcohol cannot be sold after 8 p.m. To avoid discussions with customers, the chain has decided that almost all stores will now close every day at 8 p.m.
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Reporting point for school closure due to corona
Schools in primary and secondary education that are temporarily closed due to the corona virus must report to a special reporting point. The education inspectorate reports this. ‘Registration is important in order to keep an eye on the continuity of education together. After the report has been made, the inspectorate contacts the board or the school (where necessary) to discuss temporary solutions for the continuity of education and prospects, ‘the inspectorate said.
Geert Wilders in home isolation after security guard infection
PVV leader Geert Wilders has to be in home isolation because one of his security guards appears to be infected with the corona virus. The security guard had no complaints, Wilders reports on Twitter. The leader of the largest opposition party has been under strict security for many years because of threats against him. Wilders must remain in quarantine until Saturday evening.
Private clinics do not lend staff to hospitals
Private clinics do not lend staff to regular hospitals during the second corona wave, says Paulette Timmerman, director of Independent Clinics in the Netherlands (ZKN) in the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.
Ingrid Wolf, chairman of the board of the HMC, said on Wednesday that she would have to call on external staff if HMC Bronovo was to be set up as a disaster hospital. She was thinking, among other things, of the private clinics, which provided assistance during the first wave. ‘It is an understandable question the hospitals are asking. If we go back to the first wave, we did so because there was a scarcity of equipment, aids and we could lend out personnel, ‘says Timmerman.
The director says they prefer to concentrate on offering regular care in their own clinics. As a result, it is no longer possible to lend your own staff to hospitals. ‘Over the past two months, we have seen an enormous increase in demand for our care. From that national point of view of continuing to offer our care, we think it is more sensible if we also continue to do so, ‘says Timmerman.
Number of unemployment benefits is increasing
The number of current unemployment benefits in the Haaglanden region increased on balance by 11.4 percent in the period from February to September. This is lower than the national percentage. The national increase was 15.9 percent, the UWV reports.
In South Holland Central (12.6 percent) and Central Holland (13.9 percent), the number of W benefits also increased less rapidly than nationally, but in the Holland Rijnland region the increase is higher at 21.5 percent than the national percentage.
Security industry also wants priority in corona tests
The security industry expects to get very busy in supermarkets. This of course has to do with the new corona measures, including the ban on selling alcohol after 8 p.m. The sector is now discussing with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport whether security within the safety chain can also qualify for a faster testing policy. BNR reports this.
Party was ‘mix of wrong music, farewell to the catering industry and emotion’
A mix of wrong music, saying goodbye to the hospitality industry and emotion. This combination is due to the fact that there was an exuberant party on Wednesday evening on the covered terrace of restaurant Luden on the Plein in The Hague. That is what owner John Prins says to Omroep West. He says that he finds the reactions a bit exaggerated, but also understands that the image is not good.
‘It wasn’t a party. This is allowed until 10 p.m. ‘, Prins emphasizes. Attempts have been made to enforce, he says. ‘You can hear on videos saying’ sit down, stay put. ‘ The catering entrepreneur denies that enforcers have ended the evening. ‘I turned off the music myself at 9.30 pm. I always take my responsibility, but I am not a police officer and I cannot issue fines. ‘
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‘This party on the Plein is absolutely impossible!’
Wim Schellekens, former Chief Inspector of Healthcare and Youth and a member of the Red team of concerned experts, is shocked at the party that was celebrated in a tent on the Plein in The Hague on Wednesday evening and in which the corona regulations were ignored. ‘This is absolutely not possible!’, He emphasized in West Wordt Wakker on Radio West. ‘These people have no idea that we are dealing with a health problem and a health care problem. You need to figure out how this could have happened. This is not acceptable. ‘
Entrepreneurs and employers: work from home as much as possible
Entrepreneurs and employers’ organizations are calling on companies and employees to work from home as much as possible to prevent further spread of the corona virus. They do this in a letter sent to employers and employees, united in the consultative body of the Labor Foundation, which also includes employee organizations. The organizations hope this will prevent a total lockdown.
Reporting point for availability of protective equipment in care
Healthcare employees who find that matters are not in order within their organization regarding protective means against the corona virus can now report this to a reporting point. This was created by NU’91, the professional organization for nurses and carers. The reporting center was created following a recent poll in which many healthcare workers indicated that the situation within their organization is not in order.
National rent in the free sector has been reduced for the first time in six years
The average national rental price of rental homes in the private sector has fallen for the first time in six years. A new tenant paid an average of 16.56 euros per square meter per month in the third quarter of this year. That is 0.4 percent less than a year ago. This is evident from figures from the Pararius housing platform.
According to the housing platform, the corona crisis seems to ease the pressure on the housing market somewhat. Expats are less present on the Dutch housing market or postpone the starting moment of a job. As a result, vacant rental properties cannot be rented out as easily.
Corona rapid test TNO is reliable, a practical test shows
The rapid corona test that TNO has developed at the request of the Ministry of Health is just as reliable as the standard PCR test used. A practical trial with this rapid test, over the past two weeks in Amsterdam, shows that the result of this test corresponds for 99 percent to the PCR test, the research organization reports.
Unemployment unexpectedly down in September
Unemployment in the Netherlands unexpectedly decreased last month compared to a month earlier. In total 4.4 percent of the labor force was unemployed, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Unemployment increased further in the months of June to August. In the last summer month, the figure peaked at 4.6 percent. Economists had generally expected a further increase to 4.8 percent.
‘Lockdown light’ is disastrous for economic recovery in the short term
Dutch banks expect that the ‘lockdown light’ instituted by the cabinet to prevent the spread of the corona virus will put an end to the economic recovery after the first wave for the time being. The FD reports this. Rabobank is the most outspoken and expects growth to be halved by 2021.
Ban on alcohol sales and closing shops from 8 p.m.
Thursday evening is the first night that the sale of alcohol is prohibited after 8 p.m. After that time it is also not allowed to carry alcohol or drink in public places. Coffee shops are only allowed to stay open until 8 p.m. and only for takeout. These rules apply between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Furthermore, shops, with the exception of supermarkets, must also close at 8 p.m. Shopping evenings are prohibited for the time being. If a store does not comply with the rules, a business can be closed.
The Netherlands is going through the limit of 200,000 corona infections
Less than a month after the coronavirus was diagnosed for the 100,000th time, the Netherlands is already crossing the next border. The 200,000th positive test will most likely be registered on Thursday. The counter was 196,163 infections at 3.30 a.m. Wednesday night.
Christian parties still want soft drugs ban in the evening
SGP, CDA and ChristenUnie want the cabinet to ‘urgently’ examine whether there can still be a ban on the possession and use of soft drugs in public spaces in the evening and at night. The Christian parties called for this during the corona debate in the Lower House. On Tuesday evening, the cabinet announced a ban on the possession or use of soft drugs and alcohol in public spaces between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. But the ban on soft drugs has already been scrapped because it turned out to be contrary to the tolerance policy, the Ministry of Justice and Security said. SGP, CDA and ChristenUnie are not satisfied with that.
Corona emergency care at risk
The increasing number of hospital admissions due to the coronavirus is also endangering the emergency services (A&E) of hospitals. According to the Dutch Association of Emergency Physicians (NVSHA), it now happens every day that patients are no longer able to go to the nearest hospital in the event of a serious accident or heart failure.
This is because the throughput of patients in hospitals is running up now that the ICs and nursing wards are full. As a result, patients remain in the emergency room and cannot access them anymore.
Party in the tent on the Plein
It was busy Wednesday evening on the Plein in The Hague. In white tents, which had been set up there, parties continued just before closing, according to a video on Twitter by BBC correspondent Anna Holligan. According to a pub on the Plein, which Omroep West has called, the images are from Wednesday evening. Below the video, the party responds with surprise.
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