At the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, bad news dominates the front page of more often than usual. Nevertheless, there is also positive news about the coronavirus to report. That is why we make an overview a few times a week.

The Dutch adhere to corona measures

A week after it was still full on beaches and parks, the Dutch receive a compliment from the mayors for the way they complied with the corona measures last weekend.

“I think it is going great,” said Pieter Broertjes, mayor of Hilversum and chairman of the Gooi- en Vechtstreek safety region.

Companies supply extra breathing machines

The Dutch Association for Intensive Care (NVIC) hopes that on Sunday, hospitals together have approximately 2,400 beds in intensive care. For this it is necessary that additional respirators are installed.

Last weekend, Philips delivered the first hundred of a total of a thousand new respirators. And the Enschede company Demcon has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Economic Affairs to build five hundred ‘simple’ breathing machines, suitable for older patients, within two weeks.

Sunday with Lubach sets up action for the Red Cross

An action of Sunday with Lubach the Red Cross has made a lot of money. Thanks to the proceeds from the sale of T-shirts with the text “I, Believe, In, You, And, Me” plus individual donations, more than 250,000 euros has already been donated to the Red Cross.

Arjen Lubach told on Tuesday morning that more than ten thousand T-shirts have been sold for the time being.

Event locations become emergency hospitals

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a great deal of pressure on the healthcare system worldwide and canceling almost all events. That is why more and more concert halls and sports stadiums are being converted into emergency hospitals.

Rotterdam Ahoy provides several rooms for the reception of vulnerable Rotterdammers, in Brazil the famous MaracanĂ£ football stadium will become a temporary hospital and in the United States, about 350 patients will soon be accommodated at the tennis complex of the US Open in New York.

Peak hospital admissions in Brabant may already have been

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is cautiously positive about the picture of the number of hospital admissions in North Brabant. The peak in the number of new admissions may already be behind us in the province.

In Brabant, the measures against the coronavirus started first. As a result, the effects of the measures are expected to become visible there first.

101-year-old woman recovered from coronavirus

A 101-year-old woman who was infected with the coronavirus was discharged from the IJsselland Hospital in Capelle aan den IJssel on Tuesday after a week and a half. “She is an independent lady who knows what she wants,” says the woman’s youngest daughter.

Follow the latest developments around the virus in our live blog.

The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
  • You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
  • An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
  • Read here what precautions you should take.


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