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De supersneltest toont de uitslag in een kwartier.

First corona superfast tests approved: breakthrough for the jammed test chain.

The new, super-fast corona test is reliable enough to use, researchers conclude after two weeks of shadow tests. The protein test is ready in 15 minutes and can be a breakthrough for the jammed test chain. Two types of rapid tests have now been approved by the cabinet. Researchers from the UMC (Utrecht Medical Center) and the Amphia hospital in Breda ran “shadow tests” in the local test line for weeks with material from manufacturers BD and Abbott. People with complaints were given the regular PCR test (the “gold standard”) and the new superfast test. The rapid test did not remove all infected cases, but medical microbiologist Marije Hofstra from the UMC is nevertheless enthusiastic: “We were able to compare the tests 1,257 times. Of these, 90 people tested positive with the rapid test and 123 with the PCR test.”
The rapid protein test appears to be less sensitive than the PCR variant. Hofstra: ,,This occurs when the amount of virus that is present is very low. We see this for example in people who have had complaints for some time. That does not have to be a problem, because people with a lower amount of virus probably contribute less to new infections.” The super-fast tests – ready in 15 minutes – represent a potential breakthrough for the stalled testing policy. The protein test can be used to directly check large groups – for example, staff in healthcare and education – so that test lines and labs are not overloaded.

Worldwide
The superfast test is advancing worldwide. In the US, four have been approved by the authorities in recent months, Europe is soon to follow. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche expects to be able to deliver 40 million corona rapid tests per month, rising to 80 million by the end of the year, a spokesman reports. Virologist Ab Osterhaus was recently optimistic about the rapid test: “If you see how difficult it is now to perform so many PCR tests every day, the GGDs cannot handle it, labs have shortages. Then such a quick test can help. You lose something in reliability, but if you can relieve the system with that… ”

Outside the hospital
Experts expect the protein and PCR assays to continue to be used in parallel. Hofstra: ,,We will continue to use the PCR test, for example, on patients who come to hospital. You want to know for sure whether they are infected, even if they only have a small amount of virus with them. But for people with mild complaints outside of hospital care, the rapid test seems a very nice alternative”. In time, this test may also be used by people at home, such as a pregnancy test. “However, more research is needed for that. You also want to see, for example, whether the self-tester has inserted the stick deep enough into his nose. Because we have to prevent Covid-19 positive people from having the idea that they cannot infect anyone after a test that has not been carried out properly.” With the protein test, the risk is greater that infections will be missed, so if in doubt, a new test will always follow.

Big scale
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health (VWS) says that hard work is being done to deploy the rapid tests on a large scale. However, it must first be clear how the tests can best be used in practice. The ministry could not yet say when there will be more clarity about this. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is investigating, among other things, how the corona rapid tests best fit into the test strategy. They may be used at specific locations such as nursing homes or for specific target groups. “But that is still being investigated.” The Ministry has taken an option on a total of 2.4 million rapid tests. Three other tests are being examined for reliability. It is not yet known when there will be more clarity for those three.

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Santa-Claus will not hold a festive entry in most places in the region this year due to the corona virus. The local Santa-Claus committees are all thinking about “something else”. So a thick line through entries in places such as Groesbeek – ride through the village – and Malden and Mook, where Santa-Claus normally arrives over the water. That does not mean that he is not completely absent, because in the municipalities of Heumen and Mook and Middelaar there will be talks about what is still possible corona proof.

Limburg-North
That is why in Nederasselt – in contrast to the other Heumen villages – the entry has not yet been definitively eliminated. The organizing orange committee first wants to wait for the municipal consultation. The North Limburg Safety Region decided at the end of last week that a Santa-Claus entry may not be held in any of the fifteen municipalities. The arrival of Santa-Claus in Malden has been tackled on a grand scale for years. After he has arrived by boat on the Maas-Waal Canal, it goes to the Antonious Abtkerk in the center where an extensive party follows. “It is simply not possible to comply with the rules as set by the security region (Gelderland South),” said Robert Dado, chairman of the Santa-Claus committee. He will also be meeting with the municipality next week to discuss an “alternative program”.

Berg en Dal
In the municipality of Berg en Dal, some other ways have already been devised in the various places to prevent Santa-Claus from passing too silently. In Beek, for example, children can pick up a coloring picture from Marius DIY and return it there with an address. On two afternoons (28 and 29 November), a group of Soot sweepers will go through the village to give those children a surprise.

Movie
In Leuth and Millingen, the Santa-Claus committees want to make a film of Santa-Claus and show it at primary school, for example. The Berg en Dal committee also wants to do “something” at primary school. In Kekerdom, the committee is still considering an alternative. In Groesbeek, the children can come to the Heuvelland sports hall on Sunday 15 November to give the saint a hand. Due to the corona measures, adults are admitted to a limited extent as companions. “That can of course be grandfather or grandmother”, says André Brouwer, who signs for the organization together with the an event agency from Groesbeek. “But often that will be one of the parents.”

Long day for Santa-Claus
Santa-Claus does make a long day in Groesbeek on November 15. Because he will reside in Sporthal Heuvelland from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to receive changing groups of children. “In previous years we had about a thousand children visiting”, says Brouwer. “We now want to receive them four times in groups of about 250 to 300 children. There can be a hundred adults. Families often have more children, who want to go to Sinterklaas. It is also possible that a mother, for example, also takes her son’s boyfriend with her.”

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Concertgebouw De Vereeniging in coronaproof opstelling.

The Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theatre) and De Vereeniging (Concert hall) in Nijmegen can continue with performances for more than 30 people for the time being. But the public will notice the tightening of rules: please put on a face mask, go home immediately afterwards and prefer not to go to the toilet. “Things are also going to change here,” says director Eva Middelhoff. “Our employees wear a mouth mask and we ask our guests. But we cannot make it compulsory. Once the people are in place, the mask can be removed. ”

Exception due to “cultural importance”
The theater and concert hall are the only rooms in Nijmegen that can accommodate more than 30 people. The Gelderland-South Safety Region decided this this week. Exceptions were allowed per region for “buildings of great cultural importance”. The two largest halls in Nijmegen can use about a quarter of the capacity. That many people can get in, subject to the 1.5 meter rule. There will then be approximately 200 seats in the theater, 350 in De Vereeniging.

No drink afterwards
Until this week, visitors could still enjoy a drink in the on-site café afterwards. “We will stop with that,” says Middelhoff. “Also because the catering industry has to close at ten o’clock everywhere. Theatergoers do get a glass into the theater. The restaurant of De Vereeniging can of course run in the same way as other restaurants in the city.” The cloakroom will remain closed, the coat has to be brought into the room, and visitors are asked to use the toilet only when they have to.
Is it still fun to go to a performance? Middelhoff: “The audience that comes is positive. They appreciate what the artists achieve and our efforts to give them a warm welcome. We have to work hard to promote performances. We only sell 70 percent of the tickets. And those are all the small numbers of the new normal. ” Performances on this scale do not generate money, according to the director. “We do this to keep the culture alive. And it means work for the makers and our own staff. ” The lectures that Radboud University holds in the theater and the concert hall can continue because it concerns education.

Facilitate other stages
The other rooms in Nijmegen, such as Doornroosje, LUX and the Lindenberg, may only admit 30 people for the time being. Can they move their shows to the theater or concert hall? “We would like to facilitate our colleagues”, says Middelhoff. “But the Safety Region must give permission. We therefore asked that question together with all the stages.”

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Ondanks corona gaan er 600 kerkgangers naar de Hersteld Hervormde Kerk in Staphorst.

Large church services in Staphorst are held yesterday in the Restored Reformed Church in the deeply religious village. Three services take place in the large church, each with six hundred people. They do not have to wear a mouth mask and they do sing. 3000 believers fit in the church, but by dividing the congregation into three services, the church thinks it can guarantee sufficient distance. Although meetings with more than thirty people are not allowed according to the tightened guidelines, an exception applies for religious meetings. “Assemblies of faith with 600 persons can not be constitutionally prohibited. But churches do have a responsibility and should not push the boundaries of what is allowed”, the local CDA faction wrote in a statement. “Churches have an example function and responsibility towards the entire community.”

Irresponsible
The Municipal Interests fraction in the village also calls the church services “unwise and irresponsible”. “It is called upon not to wear a face mask during the service, even though the government has explicitly asked to use a face mask in public buildings.”
According to scriba Bouwman of the Restored Reformed Church, people keep enough distance and there is enough fresh air. The fact that singing is done is because it is an essential part of the service in the Restored Reformed Church, he tells RTV East (local TV station). The church is the largest of the Reformed split-offs in the Netherlands.

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♥ 2 years solar panels ♥

♠ 5,681,563 Watt (5.68mW) ♠ ♠ € 1,069.31 cashback of investment ♠ ♠ 2,223.38 Kg CO2 reduction ♠ ♠ 66.36 trees planted ♠

Installation date: 02 October 2018. Production period: 03 October 2018 at sunrise, in summertime (UTC+2) till 02 October 2020 at sunset, in summertime (UTC+2). NOTE: The production of the 10 panels, 380V DC, each panel 1.00m wide and 1.65m high. The delivery into 220-230V AC is about 70% of the daily production in 380V DC. This has the following reasons:

[1] The house is not exactly built East – West, but about North-East – South-West. That implies, that the production starts in the morning at sunrise, but ends in the late afternoon. This reduces the power by about 12%.

[2] The house is surrounded by trees. This reduces the power by another 3%.

[3] The conversion process from 380V DC into 220-230V AC by the solar installation inside the house (WiFi connection and connection to the electricity meter with 4 different meters, which send the daily consumption and back delivery at midnight to the power supplier). This takes about 12%.

[4] During these past two years, there was a lot of trouble with the installated panels: the cables for the transportation of the 380V DC were supposed to go from panel to panel free in the air. However as there were very long periods that there was no production at all, I called the company that installed the solar panels. A senior engineer could see at his computer what was wrong. There were two rainy periods: January – April 2019 and September – November 2019. He came over, and saw, that the cables were on the roof, in puddles of water. He connected them in the right way, and since his visit we have had no problems any more. 03 Oct. 2018 – 02 Oct. 2019 = 365 days, 03 Oct. 2019 – 02 Oct. 2020 = 366 days, a total of 731 days. But the installation was only working 658 days, a difference of 73 days. The solar company gives figures what your figures, as in top of this post, should be. I have to make a correction of that figures by factor 658/731, due to the period that the panels were not in use.

Solar revenue 380V DC: 2 x 2,196kW = 4,392kW  x 658/731 =  3,953kW; Solar revenue real time 5,682kW; Difference + 1,729kW. Earnings: 2 x € 439.21 = € 878.42 x 658/731 = €    790.70; Earnings real time  € 1.069.31; Difference + €     278.61. Reduction CO2 emission: 2 x 1,155Kg = 2.310Kg  x 658/731 =  2,079Kg; Reduction CO2 emission real time 2,223Kg; Difference  + 144Kg

Picture above: the control panel in the house. It gives the following production information: Vac 236.7V: production to you in 220-230V; Vdc 376.8V: production of the solar panels; Pac[W] 1109.5: strength solar input; P_OK 010/010: number of panels giving this power; ON: monitoring is OK.

Picture above: the daily report of the energy provider, given the following day at 09am. For: Friday 18 September. The blue margins represent the power that you took from the provider; the green margin represents the power that you delivered back to the provider. In this case: consumption 6.43kWh, delivered back 9.77kWh. We earned 3.34 kWh. At a rate per kWh of €  0.207515 that is € 0.69.

Total costs of the installation (10 solar panels, each 1.65m x 1.00m), incl. VAT: € 4,814.98. We got back from the Government the VAT: € 775.66. From the remaining amount (€ 4,039.32) we earned back over the past two years already: € 1,069.31 that is 26.47%.

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When I look at pictures of refugees on Lesbos, I see myself.

Hundred maximum. We hear that a lot today. In one example, unfortunately, it is not about the maximum number of people in a restaurant. Nor is it about the new maximum speed in the Netherlands. It concerns the number of refugees who are allowed to come to the Netherlands from Moria camp on Lesbos. Those who fled violence and wars from their country and arrived on Lesbos after a drowning journey thought they were at the gates of European bliss. But the beautiful island turns out to be a coffin for them. It is the worst place where refugees can live on Earth.

They have become prisoners of this island. They live in an open concentration camp where human dignity has been lost. When I look at the pictures I see myself. I was also on a Greek island, among hundreds of refugees. I see myself lying in a broken tent again, with all kinds of unknown people against me to keep each other warm. The tent cloths were full of holes and did not block snow, rain and hot sun. I got up very early every morning because the toilets had just been cleaned. I waited for the cleaning machine to finish and went in without throwing up from the smell. Then I went to the sea, where no one could see me. I swam naked to clean myself. Then I stayed on the beach shivering with cold until the sun came up to warm me up. I have terrible memories of it. It therefore really affects me when I realize that my time in the camp was even ‘luxurious’, compared to the situation now. I pray that the sun will continue to shine on the new camp in Lesbos. That there will soon be no more tents, and that there will be two zeros next to the 100.

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As per 30 September 2020 (UTC+2):

SUN: sunrise: 07:36am; sunset: 07:15pm; daylight: 11h 39m.

PRODUCTION: started: 07:45am; ended: 07:00pm; time span: 11h 15m.

Monthly report: September 2020:

  • 286.769 KW produced; present total: 5,673 Mw.
  • € 54.51 earned; present total € 1,067.81.
  • 112.45 Kg CO2 emission saved; present total 2,220.28 Kg.
  • 3.36 trees planted; present total 66.27 trees.

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The House of Representatives wants to put an end to the lack of clarity surrounding the wearing of masks in public spaces. The cabinet’s new directive creates too much confusion, according to a majority of the House. That is why there should be an unambiguous national policy for wearing mouth masks, say VVD, D66, SP, PvdA and GroenLinks. The PVV is not against national advice. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) announced new national measures on Monday in an attempt to break the second wave of infections. Among other things, the maximum group size will be limited (3 visitors in a household, 30 visitors in bars and restaurants, 40 visitors on a terrace) and the catering industry must close at 10 p.m. For corona fires in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, it is recommended to wear a mouth mask in shops. It is not an obligation and it is up to the retailers to talk to customers about it. The SP and PvdA, among others, believe that the government’s advice on masks creates a lack of clarity and places responsibility with retailers. “The shopkeepers are not boas”, said Lilian Marijnissen (SP). It seems that the House is currently going for a national mouth masks advice and not an obligation that currently still has legal problems. “Don’t pass on the responsibility.” Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) also believes that enforcement should not be placed with entrepreneurs. He also wants national management. PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher agrees and now wants mouth masks advice in public spaces. In the long term, this should become a mouth cap relief. According to Asscher, a national guideline provides clarity.

The political parties in the Dutch House of Representatives (in this article):

  • VVD – Party for Freedom & Democracy
  • SP – Socialist Party
  • PvdA – Labour
  • PVV – Party for Freedom
  • GroenLinks – Green Left
  • D66 – Democrats 1966

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  • The number of reports is increasing sharply in almost all regions and in all age groups.
  • The number of reports has increased more than fivefold compared to four weeks ago.
  • The number of people admitted to hospital because of COVID-19 also rose sharply.
  • The number of admissions to ICU is also increasing sharply.
  • The percentage of positive tests from the GGD Municipal Health Service test locations has increased from 2.5% in the last week of August to 7.4% in the past week.
  • In the week of September 23-29, the GGDs reported 19,326 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Over 207,000 people have had themselves tested in the GGD test streets in the past week.

Hospital admissions, ICU admissions and deaths
There has been a clear increase in the number of COVID-19 admissions to the nursing wards and IC’s of hospitals [Nice Foundation (National Intensive Care Evaluation). In the past week, 102 COVID-19 patients were reported * as deceased, as now known, 51 of them died in the past week. These deceased were between 45 and 95 years old.
* Not all of these patients were hospitalized or died in the past week.

COVID-19 in nursing homes
The number of reports of people with an established COVID-19 infection in nursing homes has also increased further in the past week. Most positively tested nursing home residents were reported in the regions of Haaglanden, Utrecht and Amsterdam Amstelland. Starting this week, we will be applying a slightly modified calculation based on new definitions.

146,000 infectious people in the Netherlands
If someone contracts the new corona virus, this person is contagious to others for a while. Based on various data sources on how many people are infected with the new corona virus, an estimate can be made of the number of infectious people in the Netherlands and the values ​​between which this number is likely to be located. According to the latest estimates, there are about 146,000 infectious persons in the Netherlands. The number of infectious people has been increasing rapidly since mid-July: from a few thousand contagious people in July to more than 146,000 in September.

Reproduction number R.
The reproduction number has changed minimally by 1.27 (bandwidth 1.22 – 1.33) compared to last week. The confidence interval is for the fourth week in a row in all above 1. The reproduction number of 1.27 means that 100 people who are infected with the new coronavirus together lead to 127 other people who become infected.
To prevent further spread of the virus, it is important that everyone adheres to the measures. Keep your distance. Work at home. Stay at home in case of complaints and get tested. Wash your hands regularly, at least when you come home, after going to the toilet or when you go out to cook. Sneeze and cough into your elbow.

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This Limburg inn is one meter away from the stricter corona zone: “We follow the rules of Gelderland-South” -> Inn “The little  Swan” is a favourite resting point for Pierre and myself during the training sessions for the Four Days Marches. <-

The regionally imposed corona rules expose the crazy boundaries of the security regions. In one place, the new measures have been in force since yesterday, but not in an adjacent neighboring village. Limburg, yes, Richard Meeuwsen of the  inn “The little Swan” should actually listen to that. To the safety region of Limburg-North, an area from Roermond to Mook, to be precise. He is in charge of the piece of land in the woods near Mook, 12 kilometers from the center of Nijmegen. And let this just be another region that has only been labeled “vigilant” when it comes to corona infections.

The fraying of the lockdown has just come off
Meeuwsen literally only has to take two steps and he suddenly finds himself in a zone that is considered “worrisome” when it comes to corona infections. Secretly, a small part of his site is even located in Gelderland. That is where Hubert Bruls, chairman of the Gelderland-South security region and Lord Major of the city Nijmegen, is in charge. And where stricter corona rules apply since 27 September from 6.00pm. For Meeuwsen there is no doubt, he does not abuse his status as a “borderline case”: “I just follow the rules of Gelderland completely. We belong to Limburg, but we are completely focused on Nijmegen. And of course it would not be good at all if we suddenly become a fall-back place here for groups from Groesbeek, for example, who think that they can suddenly come and walk here”, says the owner of the inn. In any case, he does not have a business where night owls Come to drink until late at night. “We also close earlier. But that is also because we observe the rules very strictly. Everything to prevent us from having to lock again,” said the restaurant owner. The “fraying of the lockdown” has just come off, he sighs. “The little Swan has fortunately had a very nice summer season”. And if everything still has to be locked because the number of infections spreads uncontrollably, that would be disastrous for the catering industry, says Meeuwsen. “So we do what has to be done. Even wearing such a face mask. Although we are not happy with it at all, because it is way too hot.”

One must bleed, the other not
A round along the edges of the Safety Region borders (partly also provincial borders) shows that many catering establishments are in doubt. And they all expect national rules again. Yes, calls for regional measures were strong in the country. Because it was so unfair that regions where hardly anything seemed to be going on were the victims of hot spots such as the West of the country. But wherever a line is drawn, the inability to establish really fair rules is also exposed. One must bleed, the other not, is the feeling.

Typical measure for student cities
The early closing time and the restriction of groups is typically seen by many catering establishments as a measure for student cities. Inno Venhorst of inn “The Angel” in Dodewaard nevertheless thinks it is strange that such differences exist between regions. Blinks his eyes three times and he is in the Gelderland-Middle region, with cities such as Wageningen and Arnheim where the number of infections is increasing, but where the stricter rules do not yet apply. But “The Angel” falls under Gelderland South. “I’ve already had phone calls from customers asking if we are still open?” The fact that his business has to be locked by 01:00 at the latest is not a problem for him in practice. “Last week I did have a group of friends over, they were celebrating the birthday of one. Now I have to send people away according to Mr Bruls in such cases.”