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RedTeam recommends immediate closure of schools.

The increasing number of infected students in secondary education since the summer is reason for the RedTeam to sound the alarm. About 10 percent of them test positive, according to the RIVM figures. “Close the schools immediately for two weeks,” say the independent corona experts. People who violate corona rules will be fined more quickly, warn Minister Grapperhaus and the mayors of the 25 security regions. After one warning, a fine immediately follows.
The municipality of Montferland had relatively the most positive tests in the entire region in the past 24 hours. The 30 corona infections found are double the highest number in that municipality to date. This is evident from the latest RIVM figures, which have just been published. Nijmegen is also peaking remarkably. That municipality had 85 infections. The old ‘record’ was 69. This increase can also be seen in the total number of infections in the region where the Gelderlander appears (roughly north of Limburg, Land van Cuijk, a large part of Gelderland and a part of Utrecht): this was 688 in the past 24 hours, and fluctuated around 650 in the past few days.

More than ever
In Culemborg (28) and Bronckhorst (29) there were also more infections than ever, while in East Gelre 25) and Berg en Dal (21) the numbers also remain high, given the size of those municipalities. Veenendaal (approximately 60,000 inhabitants) also remains a municipality that turns darker red on the corona map. For five days in a row, the daily number of infections per day has been between 40 and 70. In the past 24 hours, another 48 infections have been added. Last Friday it was announced that, among other things, at a secondary school in Veenendaal there is a so-called cluster: an outbreak among several students and teachers. Deaths were reported in Heumen and Renkum, while residents of the municipalities Berkelland, Doetinchem, Ede, Lingewaard, Montferland, Oost Gelre and Nijmegen ended up in hospital, in Nijmegen even five.

8015 new position corona tests
Across the Netherlands, 8,015 new positive corona tests have been registered in the past 24 hours. It is slightly less than yesterday, when 8184 positive tests were communicated. It is, however, again much busier in hospitals. The fact that the number of positive tests has fallen does not necessarily mean that there has been a change. In the past two weeks, there were three more days on which the number of registered infections fell, only to increase again in the following days. However, the increase has leveled off somewhat in the last week: growth was on average slightly lower than last week. It should also be noted that more testing is done week by week. More tests lead to more positive cases: so part of the growth could possibly be explained by the increased capacity at the GGDs and the labs where the tests are analyzed.

Much more tests
In the past week, more tests have again been conducted in the GGD test streets. There were 311,188 between 12 and 18 October, the umbrella GGD GHOR reports on the website. That is more than 30,000 more than last week and almost 90,000 more than two weeks ago. The number of tests should grow further this week to about 350,000 per week, a spokesman said. This increase is mainly made possible by contracts that the Dutch government concluded with foreign labs. Availability of tests was a major problem for months, which led to long waiting times at the GGDs. The hope is that these waiting times will decrease, and with it the period that people with complaints will have to stay at home while waiting for a test result. In early October, there was an average of 49 hours between calling for an appointment and the actual test, according to data from the Ministry of Health. After that, it took another 35 hours for the results to appear. The quarantine time was thus about three and a half days. In the hospitals, the number of Covid-19 patients admitted continues to increase. Today there are 1,738, 86 more than Sunday. Of these, 1,359 are in nursing wards, 71 more than yesterday. There are 379 corona patients in intensive care, 15 more than yesterday. The number of new covid admissions is 184 in the clinic and 38 in the ic. Hospital occupancy is also increasing slightly more slowly than a week ago. Despite this, growth is strong, and hospitals have to postpone more and more regular treatments. In addition, more and more staff are testing positive: this leads to failure in the rosters.

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Still a corona vaccine in 2020? “If I had to choose now, I would go for Pfizer”

The American pharmaceutical company Pfizer could just be the first to come up with a corona vaccine in Europe and the United States. Pfizer, which works together with Germany’s BioNTech, is in the final test phase and expects the first test results in October. If the test results of the final test phase for a corona vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are positive, the pharmaceutical company is considering a market application. Critics in the United States are concerned that Pfizer is going too fast under pressure from President Trump. The pharmaceutical company then emphasizes that he does not want to be a plaything of politics.
The Netherlands, together with the other member states of the European Union, has already placed a provisional order with Pfizer. Earlier this month, the European Commission reached a preliminary agreement on the purchase of 200 million corona vaccines, with an option for an additional 100 million.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla already announced last week that the trials in phase three – the phase in which the potential vaccine is tested on 44,000 subjects worldwide – are progressing well. More than 35,000 test subjects are now participating in the study. Most of them (24,000) have also received a second vaccination. Bourla: “We hope to have all the necessary data in by the end of October.” If this shows that the vaccine works and is safe, Pfizer wants to apply for market licenses as soon as possible from the FDA and EMA, the American and European authorities that judge vaccines.
In the meantime, the vaccine is already in full production, says a spokesman. “This is done at BioNTech in Germany, by Pfizer in Belgium and at three locations in the United States. This way we can act quickly when we get permission to enter the market with the vaccine. ”

Een proefpersoon krijgt het Pfizer-vaccin.

Too fast
In theory, that could be this calendar year. Experts in the United States, however, keep a close eye and fear that pharmaceutical companies will want to go too fast. After all, the pressure to come up with a vaccine is enormous in America: with more than 200,000 corona deaths, the country is more severely affected by the lung virus than any other country. At the same time, President Donald Trump has said several times that he wants a working vaccine on the market before the US elections on 3 November. Last Tuesday, during the first election debate, Trump explicitly mentioned Pfizer as an intended lifesaver. During a press moment in mid-September, the US president even suggested that “it would be a matter of weeks before Pfizer comes with a working vaccine.” That went wrong for Pfizer CEO Bourla, who then emphasized that Pfizer “follows the scientific route” and “certainly does not let political interests drive him off.”
In an open letter, published last week in American media, nevertheless more than sixty scientists and virologists argue in favor of a deadlock for pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer: ‘A vaccine that is brought to the market too quickly will only work in the long term. counterproductive. Don’t be frivolous about safety and the risks of side effects “. That is not going to happen, the Pfizer spokesperson emphasizes: “Absolutely no safety checks will be skipped.”

Praise
In addition to criticism of the fast pace at which the test phases are completed, there is also praise. Experts agree that the Pfizer vaccine is one of the most promising. For example, the prominent American microbiologist Florian Krammer says on social media that for the time being he has the most confidence in the American-German vaccine project. “If I had to take a vaccine now, I would choose Pfizer. That seems the most safe and effective. ” Anke Huckriede, professor of vaccinology at the University of Groningen, is also cautiously optimistic. “The vaccine has already been tested on smaller groups in the first two phases. The results showed that it produces a good immune response and that the side effects were fairly limited. ” Still, Huckriede keeps a blow to the arm. “The interim results that Pfizer intends to publish in October will mainly show what the side effects are in large groups of people. It seems very early to conclude whether a vaccine is really effective. ” Pfizer uses a state-of-the-art mRNA vaccine, in which a piece of the genetic code of the coronavirus is injected into the body. The immune system gets to know the virus in this way, so that it can act quickly in the event of an infection. An interesting technique, Huckriede notes. “A big advantage is that the vaccine can be produced quickly and easily. But no vaccine developed in this way has ever been widely marketed. ”
The relatively small BioNTech already has experience with mRNA. For example, the German company developed immunotherapies for cancer patients using this technique. Huckriede: “But they don’t have the capacity to make hundreds of millions of doses of a corona vaccine. That is why the collaboration with Pfizer is a logical one: it is one of the largest players in the pharmaceutical world. ” In addition to Pfizer, the American pharmaceutical company Moderna and the Swedish-British AstraZeneca are also well advanced in the development of a corona vaccine. The latter was long cited as a big favorite to be the first to launch a corona vaccine on the market. However, AstraZeneca’s vaccine trials have been on hold for weeks in the United States, after two subjects developed serious complaints. According to the US authorities, it is still unclear whether there is a link with the vaccine.

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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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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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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.”

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Corona peaks in Nijmegen!!!

R-factor: 2,33

The city has Amsterdam numbers of infections.

The number of corona infections in Nijmegen is peaking. The city is well on its way to overtaking the cities in the west with the number of infections. Yesterday the GGD counted 49 new infections, almost 28 in 100,000. In comparison: Delft, “leader” in the number of infections, was 17 yesterday, Amsterdam came in at 33 in 100,000, but two days ago had figures that corresponded exactly to Nijmegen now. While in the security regions to which Delft and Amsterdam belong, plus four others, extra measures were announced on Friday by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Public Health Minister Hugo De Jonge. In the safety region of Gelderland-Zuid – which includes the Nijmegen region, the Land van Maas en Waal and the river area – the number of infections is almost 15 in 100,000. That was half that on Wednesday. The average number of positively tested people per 100,000 inhabitants is now higher in South Gelderland than it has ever been in the Kennemerland region, for example. While in the latter region there is already a catering closure at 1:00 a.m. and the restriction of groups to a maximum of 50 people. It has not yet been decided to take additional measures in South Gelderland. Last week, Mayor Hubert Bruls did not think it necessary, as the number of hospital admissions was still very limited at the time.

Especially among students
It is unclear where the increase in Nijmegen comes from. The thought last week was that the virus was particularly effective among students. But in the student city of Wageningen, where there was a contamination peak on Wednesday, only two people were tested positive yesterday.

Nijmegens burgemeester Hubert Bruls.

Due to the increase in infection numbers for weeks, the corona rules in Nijmegen have to be tightened. The city cannot escape stricter rules. Mayor Hubert Bruls said this on Wednesday evening during a municipal council meeting. Bruls cannot yet say which rules will be tightened up in Nijmegen and when exactly that will happen. “But the numbers are worrisome. The number of infections in the city is substantially higher than in surrounding municipalities. In addition, considerably more people under the age of 30 have become infected in Nijmegen. That requires action. ” Bruls says he will inform the city council if there is “more clarity later this week” about the tightening of the corona rules in Nijmegen. According to reports, the Gelderland-Zuid safety region – to which Nijmegen belongs – would receive a code orange: that is the corona alarm phase “worrisome”. “But for the time being, we are not in anything at all,” said the mayor.

Rules not for entire region
Because the corona situation in Nijmegen is more serious than in surrounding municipalities, it is likely that only the rules in the Waalstad itself will be tightened. At least, that is the wish of the mayors from the Gelderland-South Safety Region, Bruls said in response to questions from Charlotte Brand (PvdA). They do not want the entire area from Millingen aan de Rijn to Tiel to suffer from the severe increase in corona infections, especially in Nijmegen. “That does mean that in practice in Nijmegen stricter rules will be introduced than in Beuningen, for example. That is still one thing. There is also no clarity about this “differentiation”, says Bruls. One of the questions is whether it is practically workable. ,,To be continued.”

Entire Nijmegen group of friends infected with corona at the outdoor beer festival: “Don’t pay much attention to each other”.

It was a fun evening with friends to a beer festival in Nijmegen. In the open air, on a lovely late summer Saturday evening. And now eleven of the twelve friends turn out to be infected. All young people in their late twenties, early thirties. She herself too. So the corona virus can spread that quickly. Also outside. She calls herself Petra (her real name is known to the editors, she does not want her colleagues to know that she has tested positive for Covid-19). She must have contracted the virus on September 12 during the Nijmegen Beer Festivities in cultural hotspot Hubert. That place, a former factory site in the Hazenkamp district, is the only common denominator, the friends were all there. They celebrated a birthday together.

Nothing five feet
Hand in your own bosom: on that summery Saturday, corona seemed very far away and the friends behaved “not responsibly”, Petra admits wholeheartedly. “You don’t pay much attention to each other.” So yes, the group of friends was very amicable with each other. Not a meter and a half away, but with twelve men at two tables pushed together. And just a hug for the birthday girl friend. What they did well: rinse the (own) glass properly for a new beer.

“I don’t want to alarm you”
Until midnight, the birthday party lasted. A few days later it became clear that being together was going to get a very unpleasant tail. “A friend called, he wasn’t feeling well and said:” Gosh Petra, I have ticklish cough, I don’t want to alarm you … “. That’s how it started. In the friend app group, another later reported: “I am catching a cold.” A friend tested positive the following Friday. Corona. The counter in the group of friends has now reached eleven positive people, Petra reports. “One person did not get sick.” She herself had herself tested last Sunday and on Tuesday she got the result that she too was infected with the virus. She is surprised that nothing has been reported about this to date. “At the Hubert we all rinsed our glasses in the same sink, we all went to the toilet …”

No corona fire source
Nevertheless, the GGD and the municipality of Nijmegen do not see Hubert as a corona fire, according to inquiries. “The GGD has so far known three individual infections from this location,” says a spokesman for the Gelderland-South Safety Region. Only when the GGD reports to the Safety Region that it has discovered an obvious cluster of corona infections, action is taken. “This was the case at three student cafes in the city earlier this month. They had to be closed.”
But Hubert can remain open. Because the eleven infections that Petra mentions are apparently not known to the authorities. Moreover, the spokesperson added: “The GGD does not know whether an infection has taken place in the open air. This is an assumption. Infections mainly occur when people do not comply with the 1.5 m measure. Again there are 3 infected persons who mentioned that they have been to the festival. The GGD does not refer to a source of fire. The festival is now 12 days ago.”

Corona proof
Only one person who tested positive came to the organization of the Nijmegen beer festival, says Jop Teeuwissen of the Hubert Foundation. Of course he is shocked by Petra’s story. Because they do everything they can to keep the hotspot corona-proof, he says. Two security guards are walking around to point out to visitors: keep a distance of one and a half meters. That is also easy, because the terrain is spacious: “Young and old love it, precisely because it is so big here.” Theeuwissen would not know what else Hubert should do. Possibly one of the friends in the group in their thirties already had a snot nose, he suggests. Or that they drank from each other’s glass.

Guilty
The latter does not rule out Petra. “I do feel guilty”, says the Nijmegen woman now. And while she hasn’t had any symptoms herself – no colds, no sneezing fits, no fever, no loss of taste or smell – she went straight into home quarantine last week. Just like her housemate who works in healthcare. “It turns out I have corona while I didn’t feel ill. But it can go that fast: eleven out of twelve are infected.”

“Father is in risk group”
And how happy she is that she has canceled the family reunion with, among others, her 65-year-old father – “he is in the risk group” – and an aunt and uncle. It is a lesson for her: places with many people, you will not see her there for the time being.

This Saturday and Sunday there will be beer parties at Hubert again.

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Reizigers uit Ibiza, zojuist geland op de luchthaven Weeze, staan in de rij voor de test.

At Airport Weeze, just across the German border near Nijmegen, travelers from high-risk areas can have themselves tested for the corona virus. Mandatory for Germans, but also available for holidaymakers from the Netherlands. However, they show themselves only marginally in the test street.
Holger Terhorst, manager at Airport Weeze, takes another look at his watch. Almost half past three. The plane of budget airline Ryanair from Ibiza has already started landing. Fifteen minutes early. “That’s always the way with Ryanair,” Terhorst says, laughing. “If they don’t land on time, they are too early. You can almost set the clock on it. “” But that means immediate work to be done. A real corona test street in the terminal of the airport is being prepared in haste. Employees of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein – the German health service – prepare registration forms, a doctor puts on a kind of astronaut suit.

Free for Germans and Dutch
The Spanish party island of Ibiza, where the Ryanair plane comes from, is known as a risk area in Germany. The number of corona infections has risen so rapidly in recent weeks that the German authorities fear that returning holidaymakers are carrying the contagious lung virus. To rule that out, travelers living in Germany are required to undergo a corona test. “That can be done within three days of returning,” said Christopher Schneider of the health department. “In theory, travelers can go home and make an appointment with the doctor to have a test, but it is that easy at the airport.” “The results usually follow within 48 hours. Until then, staying at home is mandatory. Everyone who is tested will receive a unique QR code, with which the result can be viewed online. The test is completely free, the costs are covered by the German government. For Germans, but also for Dutch.

“Don’t see the point of a test”
Just before four o’clock, the first sun-tanned Ibiza travelers trickle into the arrival hall. Some travelers shuffle somewhat hesitantly towards the improvised test street. In no time, however, a row is created, which then flows through at a rapid pace. It turns out that administering a corona test takes less than two minutes. It is a well-oiled machine: the doctor expertly inserts a cotton swab into the noses and throats of the holidaymakers, who are then taken directly to the exit of the airport. What is striking: it is mainly the Germans who submit themselves to a corona test. Many Dutch travelers skip the medical check. This is also the case for 31-year-old Sven from Arnhem (“no last name, because he doesn’t want any hassle with RIVM”), who smokes a cigarette outside the terminal. “I feel fit, don’t see the point of such a test. If I get complaints, I will stay at home. “” The fact that he has to be quarantined for the next ten days anyway – Ibiza is also a risk area in the Netherlands – is new to him. “None of it. When I left for Ibiza, things were still safe. In any case, I think that quarantine is nonsense, how do they want to control it at all?”

Few infections
In addition: where in Germany a negative test result is a license to be allowed out of quarantine, Dutch people from risk areas are obliged to stay at home for ten days. Even if they can submit a negative result, a spokesman for the RIVM reports. “A test is always a snapshot. The test does not show whether the disease will develop at a later time. “” How many Dutch travelers nevertheless have themselves tested at the airport is difficult to estimate, according to Schneider. On average, half of the passengers from the risk areas – in addition to the Spanish destinations, these are also flights from Morocco – already have themselves tested at the airport. So far, the number of infections is not too bad, he concludes.

Only one traveler at Airport Weeze tested positive for the corona virus this month.