The number of infections and corona patients in hospitals is declining. But stricter measures have still been imposed in the fight against the corona virus, which means that we are now still in a partial lockdown.
This is the main corona news of Sunday, November 22:
17:41 – G20 promises to bear costs of corona vaccinations
At the end of their two-day summit, the G20 countries pledged to bear the costs of the vaccination program to combat Covid-19. Amounts were not mentioned.
G20 leaders said in the closing statement that they “will do everything in their power” to ensure fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines worldwide and to support the poor countries whose economies have been ravaged by the crisis.
“We have freed up resources to meet the immediate funding needs of the global healthcare system to support the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines,” the statement read.
4:13 PM – US expects first corona vaccinations in December
The United States expects to vaccinate the first Americans with a corona vaccine in the course of December. The head of the US massive vaccination operation, Moncef Slaoui, told CNN on Sunday.
The plan is to have vaccines delivered to inoculation sites by the US drug watchdog FDA within 24 hours of approval, said the immunologist who leads Operation Warp Speed. He hopes that vaccinations can start “maybe on December 11th or 12th”.
15:21 – Slight increase in the number of corona patients in hospitals
The total number of corona patients admitted to Dutch hospitals rose to 1933. That is 31 more than Saturday. This is reported by the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).
540 corona patients are now in intensive care, ten fewer than the day before. In addition, there are 447 other patients in the ICS, 28 fewer than Saturday.
Outside the intensive care units, in the nursing wards, there are now 1,393 corona patients, 41 more than the day before.
2:30 pm – Number of new corona cases decreased
The number of new corona cases in the Netherlands has decreased. Between Saturday and Sunday morning, 5,407 positive tests were registered by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). That first reported 6093 cases on Saturday, but that has been adjusted to 6076. The number of deaths increased by 21. That does not mean that all these people died in the past 24 hours. 48 corona deaths were reported on Saturday.
1:50 pm – Belgium expects first vaccines at the end of December
Belgium expects to have access to the first corona vaccines from the end of December. But the lion’s share will only come in the second and third quarters of 2021, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said on Sunday in the television program De Zevende Dag. Belgium has subscribed for four vaccines via the European Union. Just as in the Netherlands and other countries, the vaccination will be done gradually once a vaccine has been approved. The first vaccines go to healthcare workers and vulnerable groups.
13:08 – Sickness absence Zuyderland rises: ‘Don’t let go of lockdown’
It is still very busy in Limburg hospitals. Sickness absence at Zuyderland is increasing, says chairman of the board David Jongen. Absenteeism among the staff of the hospitals of Zuyderland in Sittard-Geleen and Heerlen has risen to more than 9 percent. A month ago that was 8 percent, says Jongen. About 5,000 people work at Zuyderland. “It is very busy in some departments”, says Jongen. “We suffer a lot from this. Some employees get corona themselves, are exhausted or have psychological complaints. We pay a lot of attention to it and use psychological support. But healthcare professionals are tough and want to keep going. Then they do it, sometimes at the expense. from himself.” Boy is in favor of maintaining the lockdown for a while and even tightening it up a bit. “We will not be able to keep this up much longer. I know that I am not popular with this, but I see how we are doing every day and this is really tough,” says the hospital manager.
10:00 am – Political party election plans obsolete due to corona crisis?
Most political parties have now presented their election manifestos, but no one knows how long the corona era will last. “The course of the pandemic has a major effect on the economy, but especially the next year and a half,” says Diederik Dicou of the CPB, which calculates the election programs, against the NOS. The fact that tens of billions more have been spent in recent months does not mean that plans are impossible, says economist Wimar Bolhuis of Leiden University. “The ideas in those party programs amount to a total of several billion,” says Bolhuis, who examined the calculations of the election programs. “While the entire budget amounts to more than 300 billion.” Moreover, the vast majority of public finances are more or less fixed, such as income tax and the expenditure on all kinds of benefits and salaries. Little will change in that regard, says Bolhuis.
9:35 am – Youp van ‘t Hek is hoping for an audience of 250 people for a New Year’s Eve conference
Youp van ‘t Hek hopes that he will be able to play his tenth New Year’s Eve conference in front of 250 people in Carré. In that case, the television broadcast will continue on December 31. He said this on Sunday in a long interview on NPO Radio 1. The comedian will provide the end-of-year show on the NPO this year, but still has doubts because he does not know whether a room with a 30-person audience, as is now allowed by the government, will be a good television show yields.
8:30 am – Number of corona cases creeps towards half a million
The number of corona cases is no longer rising as quickly as in October, but the Netherlands is steadily heading for a new milestone. In the course of next week the 500,000th infection in the Netherlands will probably be determined. It is mainly a symbolic limit, because the actual number of infections with the new corona virus is most likely much higher. The counter stood at almost 480,000 cases on Saturday. On average, more than 5000 positive tests are added every 24 hours. For the past few weeks, the figure has been slightly lower on Mondays and Tuesdays, before increasing on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Worldwide, 22 countries have more confirmed corona cases than the Netherlands, according to the American university Johns Hopkins, which is closely monitoring the pandemic.
8:15 am – Substantial drop in daily corona infections in Germany
The number of daily corona infections in Germany has decreased significantly over the past 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases rose by 15,741 to 918,269, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported Sunday. On Saturday the institute reported 22,964 new confirmed cases, Friday it was 23,648 cases. The reported death toll rose by 138 to 14,022 on Sunday. That too is considerably lower than the day before when there were 254 deaths from Covid-19. In Germany, a partial lockdown has been in effect since 2 November. The catering industry is closed and a maximum of 10 people from two households are allowed to visit each other.