The Dutch KNGF physiotherapists’ association estimates, based on research among its members, that at least 28,000 ex-covid patients are currently undergoing treatment for convalescence care. More than half of them (54 percent) are younger than 55 years .
Jako Burgers of the Dutch College of General Practitioners also thinks it concerns tens of thousands of people. “In my practice I have ten people with such a long aftermath. There are five thousand GP practices, suppose they all have eight. Then you’re on forty thousand people . I think that is a realistic estimate, which is also supported by international research. ”
The new case of Covid-19 in the NZ community is a 56-year-old woman. She travelled to Spain and the Netherlands late last year before returning to NZ on December 30.
She went through MIQ at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel and was released on January 13 after testing negative.
She then travelled around the southern part of Northland, to about 30 different locations in areas around Mangawhai, Dargaville and Helensville, and became symptomatic on January 15.
The strain is unknown but officials are acting on the assumption it is one of the new, more transmissible strains. She has four close contacts who have been tested and are isolating.
Some 38,776 people in the Netherlands tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus for the week ending Tuesday morning, the RIVM said in its weekly analysis. It said that despite a near 22 percent drop in infections, and a further decrease in the rate of people testing positive, the agency was increasingly concerned about the rise of the B117 coronavirus mutation.
The variant, which first surfaced in the United Kingdom, was believed to have infected 10 percent of those who tested positive in the Netherlands last week. “That is double compared to the week before. It is expected that this will rise to at least half of all new infections by mid-February,” the RIVM said in a statement.
Two cases of British coronavirus mutation found in Amsterdam
A highly contagious mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which was linked to two weeks of rising infections in the United Kingdom has also been found in two people in the region of Amsterdam. Only one of the two visited the UK recently.
Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said he could not exclude that others were also infected with the mutated strain, but he also does not believe the situation is as dire as in the United Kingdom. “We do not think the virus has spread far, and it is not comparable to the British situation,” he told broadcaster NOS.
“The governments of Australia, Italy and the Netherlands say they detected cases of the new strain. It was identified in the Netherlands in early December.
A few cases of COVID-19 with the new variant have also been reported to the ECDC, Europe’s disease monitoring agency, by Iceland and Denmark. Media reports in Belgium say cases have also been detected there.”
All minks in the Netherlands have been culled
The mink sector in the Netherlands has come to an end. Minister Carola Schouten (Agriculture) announced on Tuesday evening that the minks on the last four farms are gone.
There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.
Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands are preparing for a potential “human challenge” trial in which volunteers are deliberately infected with the new coronavirus to test the effectiveness of vaccine candidates, advocacy group 1Day Sooner said on Wednesday.
** Are there no willing volunteers in the USA then? **
Despite a significant 24-percent fall in the number of new Dutch coronavirus infections reported on Tuesday, the total figures for Week 47 ending Tuesday morning were virtually flat compared to the previous week.
Children were the only segment of the Dutch population to show a week-to-week increase in per capita infections. Newborns up through children aged 12 tested positive at a rate of 53.58 per 100,000 residents, up 17 percent in a week. Children aged 13-17 showed an increase of over 28 percent to 370.07. The figures translated to 22 people aged 0-3 diagnosed with the infection, 541 aged 4-11, and 3,853 aged 12-17.
Amid the worsening situation among children, pediatric epidemiologist Patricia Bruijning argued for the government to take a new look at its approach to coronavirus restrictions in schools. “If we want the numbers to go down, I think we should also look at the schools,” she said to Nieuwsuur. “We took measures in many places to lower the reproduction number, but did nothing in schools. At some point you see that schools are taking the lead.”
The Dutch government will prioritize people aged over 60, those in health risk groups and frontline health care workers for coronavirus vaccinations when the shots become available, the health ministry announced Friday.
Outlining its strategy to protect people against the pandemic that has killed more than 1.36 million people worldwide, the ministry said vaccinations will be free and voluntary.
Dutch health authorities already have bought 25 million syringes and extra freezers for vaccines that need to be stored at very low temperatures, the ministry said
Seven countries are now reporting mink-related Sars-CoV-2 mutations in humans, according to new scientific analysis.
The mutations are identified as Covid-19 mink variants as they have repeatedly been found in mink and now in humans as well.
Uncertainty around the implications of the discovery of a Covid-19 mink variant in humans led Denmark, the world’s largest mink fur producer, to launch a nationwide cull earlier this month.
The cull was sparked by research from Denmark’s public health body, the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), which showed that a mink variant called C5 was harder for antibodies to neutralise and posed a potential threat to vaccine efficacy.
Denmark, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, the Faroe Islands, Russia and the US have all reported cases of mink-related mutations.