- Death toll rises by 23 to 5811 on Saturday, ten new hospital admissions.
- Herring for care
- The number of corona patients in intensive care units has fallen to 252
- Car rental company Hertz partly bankrupt
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Death toll rises by 23 to 5811
The official number of coronavirus deaths in the Netherlands has risen to 5,811. In the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has received 23 new reports of deaths. The actual number of deaths is higher because not everyone is tested. In addition, deaths are sometimes only reported after a few days.
Ten new patients have been admitted to Dutch hospitals because of the coronavirus, which increases the number to 11,659. These data are also sometimes received a little later.
Herring for care
Due to the corona crisis, the traditional auction of the first keg of Hollandse Nieuwe is canceled this year. Thousands of health workers are treated to fresh fish instead. That is what the Dutch Fishing Agency has decided. A hospital in Germany is also receiving pegs as a thank you for admitting Dutch corona patients.
ANWB: more people want to avoid public transport after the corona crisis
More than a third of Dutch people (36 percent) want to travel more often by private transport after the corona crisis than by public transport. The bicycle or e-bike is most often mentioned as an alternative (27 percent), followed by the car (17 percent). The ANWB reports this on the basis of its own investigation.
Those who want to make less use of public transport find it too busy in the train, bus, metro and tram. ‘You are outdoors by bicycle and you do not sit in one room with many people. There is less chance of getting sick, “said one of the respondents.
The ANWB thinks it is a good idea if people cycle or walk more often. As a replacement for the car, small electric vehicles must be imported and approved more quickly, so that ‘the consumer has more choice’. The public space, such as the bicycle path, must also be better equipped, for example on the speed pedelec (a fast electric bicycle) and the e-step.
Police on horseback do the salsa
In times of the corona crisis, many (sports) lessons and workshops are given outdoors. For example, last week Fieke from The Hague gave salsa lessons in the Zuiderpark when two police officers came by on horseback and decided to participate. “It was great,” said Fieke. The agents were very enthusiastic and it was great that they participated. ”
Call Remkes: ‘Give each other safe space in the city’
Mayor Johan Remkes calls on the residents of The Hague to pay attention this weekend. Due to the bustle in the city during Ascension Day, the mayor asks the inhabitants to take each other into account. “It is up to all of us to ensure that we use the available space safely, such as in the city center, and that others also allow that safe space.”
HTM: even better to put on the mask while waiting
Transport company HTM is preparing for the resumption of the full timetable on 1 June. Travelers must then wear a mask in the bus and tram, “but it is even better if they also put the cap on while waiting for the stop,” says HTM. From 1 June, trams and buses will no longer stop automatically at every stop, but travelers will have to press the stop button again. The vehicles and the contact points are additionally cleaned. Passengers are not yet allowed to board the front doors of the buses and the red-beige trams.
After the test with stickers at the busy Spui and Rijnstraat stops, which helps travelers to keep sufficient distance from each other, HTM has decided to do this at more busy stops. ‘With the implementation of the above measures and the maximum use of our vehicles, we trust in the coming period, together with our travelers, to be able to offer the best and safest possible public transport. Together we can ensure that our trams and buses remain at least available to those who depend on them. HTM therefore asks its travelers to follow the guidelines of the Central Government, where possible postpone a trip, avoid the crowds and also use other means of transport. In other words, be welcome, but travel responsibly. “
Unclear financing of emergency hospitals Rotterdam and Maastricht
It is not clear who pays for the emergency hospitals that are hastily furnished in Ahoy in Rotterdam and the MECC in Maastricht. The construction has never been supported by other healthcare institutions, which is why healthcare insurers refuse to pay for it, Trouw reports. The special hospitals were meant for people who were too sick to go home, but too good to be admitted to the ICU. In the end, no one was lying there, and the emergency hospitals have already been demolished.
Car rental company Hertz (partially) bankrupt
The well-known car rental company Hertz has been declared bankrupt in the US and Canada. Things are still going on in Europe for the time being. The reasons for the bankruptcy are the travel restrictions imposed after the outbreak of corona. Before the North American branch went bankrupt, twelve thousand employees were already made redundant. Another four thousand had to take compulsory holidays. Ultimately, the debt of EUR 17 billion could no longer be paid off.