At least 130 visitors were already infected with Covid-19 despite the mandatory entrance tests when they went to the Dutch music festival ‘Verknipt’ in the first weekend of July. Afterwards, 1,100 of the 20,000 festival-goers tested positive there.
The Dutch health service points to the too long validity of the rapid tests at the time. “This research shows how vulnerable working with access tests is,” says virologist Steven Van Gucht.
The coronavirus outbreak at the Aspen Valley nightclub in Enschede on June 26 that resulted in 180 people contracting the coronavirus can be traced back to one person, an investigation from the GGD Twente showed. Other factors also facilitated the widespread of the disease on that night.
“There are strong indications there was one person infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus present who caused the remaining infections”, said Dr. Sanne Mensink of the GGD in a statement. Attendees were required to show proof of vaccination or negative coronavirus test upon entry.
Europe has seen major changes in coronavirus case rates over the last two months. In many areas of Europe covid case rates have dropped sufficiently to allow restrictions to be eased, but there are notable exceptions. The Covid-19 rate in Spain now appears to be as bad, if not worse, than two months ago, and the Netherlands has seen a dramatic increase in numbers recently.
In the case of both Spain and the Netherlands, the rates increased following the decision to unlock their countries too quickly, and in both cases those decisions have had to reversed within weeks. Greece too appears to be seeing a new wave, and these areas now represent the largest threat to Europe’s strategy to keeping infection rates down.
For the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, people in the Netherlands infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were likely infecting at least two other people. The basic reproduction (R) number has swelled to an estimated 2.17, said Aura Timen of the RIVM. That estimate suggests 100 contagious people infect 217 others, who can in turn give the infection to 471 more individuals.
The new R-number is an estimate for June 30. It has only been higher on February 24, 2020 when the RIVM model put that number at an estimated 2.18, according to the Ministry of Health’s Coronavirus Dashboard.
The most recent genome sequencing results are showing the Delta variant at about 50% and increasing. There’s undoubtedly a lesson here for Boris Johnson and hos proposed unlocking of the UK in just 6 days time.
OurWorldinData.org is showing the R rate as over 3!
The Netherlands now has one of the HIGHEST R RATES EVER RECORDED in the pandemic. Below we have charted the very few countries that have had similar or higher R rates in the past.
Covid-19 restrictions that were eased on 26th June are set to be reintroduced in the Netherlands as new Covid cases spiral out of control again. There are nearly 5,500 new coronavirus infections, including 730 in Amsterdam in the last 24 hours. The capital averaged 298 new infections on each of the past seven days, an increase of 580 percent in a week.
Some 5,475 more people tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the RIVM said on Thursday. That was the highest single-day total reported since May 14, and it pushed the seven-day average up 40 percent to 2,330.
With most coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands relaxed only on June 26, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge has asked the Outbreak Management Team to guide policy about the reintroduction of measures. An announcement on this is expected on Friday.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that democratic governments can make vaccinations obligatory, in a landmark judgement rejecting complaints brought by Czech families penalised for refusing compulsory jabs for their children.
“The… measures could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society'” the court ruled, saying that the Czech health policy was consistent with the “best interests” of children.
Our opinion: ** Is there an easier or quicker way of antagonising parents in the middle of a global viral pandemic than encouraging mandatory vaccinations? We can’t think of one. Expect severe blowback **
The Dutch municipal healthcare centers GGDs have now stopped administering AstraZeneca vaccines completely to prevent waste. This step was taken in consultation with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the public health agency RIVM, says a spokeswoman for the umbrella organization GGD GHOR.
On Friday, it was already decided to temporarily stop vaccinating people under the age of 60 after five new reports of blood clottings and other side effects among women between 25 and 65 years.
Several OMT members see no room for relaxation of coronavirus measures in the Netherlands for the time being.
Virologist Menno de Jong said that it was unwise to relax further.
Virologist Marion Koopmans said “I don’t think we can afford that, if at all. We really have to be patient. It’s been a month or two, then we are really in a different situation.”
Nine out of ten healthcare workers who contracted the coronavirus say they have long-term complaints after becoming infected with the disease.
According to the research platform Pointer, nearly 140,000 employees in the medical field tested positive for the coronavirus; 900 of whom had to be hospitalized. 30 healthcare workers died as a result of Covid-19 complications.
“We are talking about people who often did not have another choice and who risk their lives, often unprotected in order to help other people”, FNV, Kitty Jong said to the newspaper. “They are being punished for it in an especially cruel manner.”
“Wheezing, chest or stomach pain, swelling or coldness in an arm or leg, severe headache or worsening or blurred vision after vaccination, persistent bleeding, small multiple bruises, reddish or purplish spots or blisters of blood under the skin” – if you have these symptoms after vaccination against Covid with AstraZeneca serum seek medical help immediately and report that you have recently been vaccinated.
EMA: “the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, outweigh the risks of side effects.”
Translation: The end justifies the means.
Full EMA Statement “EMA’s safety committee continues investigation of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and thromboembolic events – further update”
Sonia Battaglia in intensive care days after an AstraZeneca vaccination
Professor Annamaria Mantile, 62, died four days after AstraZeneca vaccination
Vincenzo Russo, school janitor from Naples, died four days after AstraZeneca vaccination
Giuseppe Maniscalco, Italian Carabiniere , 54, died two days after AstraZenica vaccination
Giuseppe Morabito, Bologna professor, died 10 days after having AstraZeneca vaccination
Sandro Tognatti, Italian professor and musician, died after AstraZeneca vaccination
Davide Villa, Italian policeman died after AstraZeneca vaccination
Stefano Paternò died following AstraZeneca vaccination
Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Thailand have suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears.
Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Lithuania have suspended vaccinations with some AstraZeneca batches, notably ABV5811 ABV2856 and ABV5300
Municipal health service GGD Amsterdam accidentally vaccinated a healthcare worker with two different coronavirus vaccines, instead of two doses of the same vaccine as is protocol. The 60-year-old woman first received a Pfizer vaccine in early February, and then an AstraZeneca vaccine on March 1, Hart van Nederland reports based on a letter the GGD sent the woman, which is in its possession.
In the letter sent to the affected healthcare worker, a doctor of the GGD’s infectious disease department wrote that there is no data available on “the effectiveness of a series consisting of two vaccines from different manufacturers”
Dutch side effects laboratory Lareb received ten reports “in which thrombosis or embolism may have played a role” after an AstraZeneca vaccine was administered, the lab said on Monday.
Lareb stressed that none of these reports involved serious, rare signs of clot formation in combination with a decreased number of blood platelets in adults under 50 years of age, as Denmark and Norway reported they received. “Lareb has not seen any reports with this specific image so far,” the organization said.
Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Thailand have suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears.
Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Lithuania have suspended vaccinations with some Astrazeneca batches, notably ABV5811 ABV2856 and ABV5300
ABV5300 was delivered to 17 European countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden – and in total comprises one million doses.
Update: Spain has also suspended use of the vaccine for 15 days as a precaution. This was decided by the inter-territorial council of the Spanish Health.