REGIONAL NEWS UPDATES IN ENGLISH (source: Omroep West and national Dutch media)
Staying in touch with what’s happening in The Hague and surrounding areas.
Despite much uncertainty, Dutch virologists have expressed confidence in the Government’s approach, according to the Telegraaf newspaper. The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment) predicts between 50-60% of the population will be infected.REGIONAL NEWS
Here is a summary of the local news headlines for Wednesday, 18 March:
- Despite much uncertainty, Dutch virologists have expressed confidence in the Government’s approach, according to the Telegraaf newspaper. The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment) predicts between 50-60% of the population will be infected.
- The NS rail service is to drastically reduce the number of trains. There will only be two trains per hour in each direction at all stations. This measure comes into effect o 21 March.
- In a heart-warming moment at 8 pm last night, many people stood at their open windows and balconies to clap for all the healthcare and other workers who continue to work in spite of enormous pressure. Some people set off fireworks and cars blew their horns to mark the moment.
- Senior citizen organization KBO-PCOB has established a dedicated telephone line for the elderly who have questions regarding the coronavirus: 030-3400600.
- Rotterdam-The Hague airport is virtually empty as passengers are heeding the Prime Minister’s call to avoid travel.
- An appeal to boost the flower bulb industry by buying cut flowers has been well received. Several employers have responded by buying flowers for their employees.
- Dutch entrepreneurs are somewhat reassured by the government’s promised financial assistance to those whose businesses are threatened by the virus.
- Former medical professionals will be able to re-join their former healthcare positions more easily. The government has relaxed the rules to encourage qualified medical staff to go back to work.
In cooperation with the regional broadcaster, Omroep West, www.Dutchbuzz.nl will provide a daily summary of the day’s most important news by 13.00 each day.