Monday 25 May 2020

One in five Groenlo abattoir workers have Covid-19, health board will carry out spot checks

One in five Groenlo abattoir workers have Covid-19, health board will carry out spot checks

In total, 147 out of 657 workers at an abattoir in Groenlo have tested positive for coronavirus, the local health board has said. The plant, owned by meat giant Vion, was closed on Wednesday after 45 workers initially tested positive. The case is the second to hit a Dutch meat factory. Earlier this month, dozens of largely Romanian workers from a Vion meat processing plant in Scherpenzeel were placed in quarantine on a boat after becoming ill. Some 30 workers... More >

Telecoms mast fire believed to be arson

Police in Limburg are investigating the latest in a series of apparent arson attacks on telecoms masts. The mast in Roermond is the 28th to be damaged by fire since April 3. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, which police believe are the work of anti-5G activists. The alarm was raised at around 1am on Monday. Police are investigating the incident as suspected arson but said the mast was not part of the 5G network. Vodafone... More >

Amsterdam locals call for red light revamp

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema is due to publish her long-awaited vision for tourism in the Dutch capital this week which will outline how she sees tourism developing post coronavirus. The coronavirus epidemic has laid bare how dependent Amsterdam has become on  budget tourism, and the mayor’s recommendations, locals hope, will kick-start a process of reform. And now a group of organisations representing city centre residents have published their own vision for the future of the city centre, ahead of the... More >

Minister will help migrant workers

Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has told MPs he does not know how many people on staffing agency contracts have lost their jobs and, consequently their homes, but that the government is working to stamp out problems in the sector. Many people from eastern Europe who work in the Netherlands through staffing agencies rely on those agencies for a place to live. But there are fears that many who have lost their jobs because of coronavirus are ending up homeless.... More >

Teacher shortage worries schools

School heads are worried about the impact of the shortage of teachers when primary schools reopen fully again on June 8. Schools expect some of the 55,000 children who have stayed away since classes restarted earlier this month will now start attending school again, and this will further add to the problem. ‘We already had a shortage of primary school teachers and that is even more the case now,’ Ingrid Doornbos of the school heads association AVS said. Some 37%... More >

'Frugal four' present EU recovery plan

The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Sweden have submitted their own Covid-19 recovery plan to the European Commission as debate over the EU’s strategy for offsetting the impact of coronavirus continues. The Netherlands and its partners, known as the ‘frugal four’, say they support the establishment of a one-off emergency fund but do not back debt sharing or a ‘significant’ increase in the EU’s next seven-year budget. The Netherlands has been at the forefront of a campaign not to ‘give gifts’... More >

Again fewer Covid-19 patients in IC wards

The number of people being treated in intensive care wards for coronavirus has fallen to 223, the coordinating agency said on Sunday. At the height of the epidemic the number of coronavirus patients in ICU neared 1,400. A further 499 patients are being treated in IC units for other health issues. ‘The overall occupancy rate is low and that means other care is getting back up to steam,’ Ernst Kuipers of the national acute care agency said. ‘The number of... More >

Positive coronavirus tests in the Netherlands top 45,000

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands topped 45,000 on Saturday, as a further 176 people were added to the list kept by the public health insitute RIVM. The official death toll, which only includes people who have been tested, rose by 23 to 5,811 while 10 more people were admitted to hospital, taking that total to 11,659. From June 1, everyone in the Netherlands who has symptoms of the disease will be eligible for a... More >

First coronavirus fraud cases in spotlight

Government officials have begun the process of clawing back coronavirus subsidies which were wrongly paid to at least one company, broadcaster NOS said on Saturday. The RVO, the government charged with administering the various schemes, did not say how many companies were involved or in what sectors they operated, NOS said. By last Wednesday, 191,000 companies had applied for help under the TOGs scheme, a one-off payment of €4,000, aimed at helping small firms pay their fixed costs. Of those... More >

Covid-19 in NL: what you need to know

Here is a round-up of the latest information about the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands, government measures to stop the virus and official help for companies and the self-employed Government outlines €13bn package to help industry (May 20) The latest measures to help companies, workers and freelancers and minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the economy. Dutch press ahead with easing Covid-19 rules (May 19) Further details about plans to allow schools, cafes and bars to open again, plus... More >

Wolf filmed attacking sheep in Brabant

A smallholder from the town of Vlijmen in Noord Brabant has captured a wolf attacking his sheep on a security camera. The film shows the wolf chasing both an adult sheep and her lambs, and at one point is seen to run off with a lamb in his mouth. Local farming organisation ZLTO says three sheep and five lambs were attacked by the wolf on the night in question and that the same animal is responsible for the death of... More >

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