Corona peaks in Nijmegen!!!

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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.

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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Casa “The Excavators.”

Cadastre data: Graafseweg 239, 6531 ZS, Nijmegen; section Hatert M 755; Owner: Real Estate Malden (which owns also student houses 223 – 237), purchased  in 1999 for Dutch guilders 356,000 (€152,016).

Joost de Lange (19) lives with nine other housemates in a cozy house on the Graafseweg. In a typical student house and with so many people under one roof, there is something everywhere: empty bottles of liquor, stacked dishes and things lying around here and there. We were allowed to take a digital look at casa “The Excavators.” Nothing is necessary, everything is allowed. They have no obligations. But that does not mean they are averse to a house party here and there, a drink at the bar in their huge garden or an extensive dinner in the hallway. Due to the corona crisis, they mainly depend on each other. Joost explains: “We do a lot of fun things together: rollerblading, yoga, being creative and chilling in the garden. But there is certainly also the space to withdraw and do your own thing. We all have occasional needs for that ourselves.”

Student houses often come up with a nice name for their home. “At first we didn’t really have a name. It was quite a challenge to come up with something nice, we wanted it to have something to do with where we live. After a big brainstorm, we turned it into “The Excavators”. After all, we are all machines because we work very hard and live on the Graafseweg.”

All over the place
Everyone has their own room, but we actually chill everywhere and nowhere. Some roommates like to study together and have converted one room into a UB, we often use the rooms that are the largest as a living room and in good weather we can always be found in our relaxed garden of sixty square meters. Every now and then we sit in our communal living room, but it is often so dirty that we prefer to sit in someone’s room.”

“Corona Wall”
“When we are together, things are often called idle things. Since there are so many crazy statements made, we just made a list of them. The idea was expressed during quarantine, which is why the wall has been given this name.” The corona wall is already pretty full of student-like statements like, “Even the dotted area is closed” and “I’m going home with the ambulance or I’m not going.” “Little by little we extend the wall further, but in a short time there is already quite a bit on it.”

Home made bar
With such a large garden it is no punishment to be stuck together.  “Especially now that we are at home a lot, we often sit here all together. We will soon be putting our swimming pool back on and recently we have also been regularly at our home-made bar.” They have put together the unit – as they call it – all by themselves. It actually started as a joke. Because of the quarantine we are at home a lot and we wanted to sit more in our garden. A housemate then arranged wood and assembled the bar with a few people. “So far we have benefited greatly from it. In good weather we like to drink a cold beer at the bar or relax in the sun in our sunbeds.”

Garden room
Joost’s room is located in the basement and is adjacent to the garden. “I can mainly be found here while studying. But most of the time I am in a roommate’s room, it is always cozy there. ”Several hats hang on Joost’s wall. “I have many and am therefore known as the hatter of the house. I even got a sombrero from a roommate, so you know it.” On his wall hangs a canvas with animals from Namibia. “My parents love to travel, so we took us to the most beautiful places in the world from an early age. I always bring something as a souvenir. I also brought a book from Thailand and received a sash as a gift at a restaurant in Colombia.”

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The large, Gelderland student cities of Wageningen and Nimwegen are faced with a considerable shortage of rooms. Especially those who want to study in Wageningen have to take long waiting lists into account. The shortage is constantly increasing, is the expectation. One year after their enrollment, around 175 students are still on the waiting list at Idealis in Wageningen, with some 5,000 rooms being the largest student housing provider. They started studying in academic year 2017/2018, but are still without a room. “Last year we already had some students who did not have a room after a year. But not that much. Until a few years ago almost everyone had a room before 1 May. It shows that the pressure on the chamber market continues to grow, ” said spokesman Hellen Albers. In total, Idealis received 2,058 enrollments for the past academic year. “These are also students who enrolled, but were not sure of their study city.”


More difficult
The expectation is that it will be increasingly difficult to find a room in Wageningen in the coming years. The number of students at Wageningen University is now rising to around 15,000 students in 2022/2023, according to forecasts of some 12,000. There are not so many homes: Idealis expects that around 1,000 residential units will be added in that year. ,, We do what we can and have various locations. Due to the increase in the number of students, the tension between supply and demand will worsen. ” The number of students living away from home has increased considerably in recent years in Wageningen. Ten years ago, according to the latest National Student Housing Monitor, there were still about 4,700, two academic years ago 7,400. A very different effect is observed by Idealis in Ede. There the demand has just declined and the market is ‘very relaxed’. Albers: ,, As the number of students living away from home in Ede is decreasing, it is increasing in Wageningen. ”

Just as in Wageningen, there is also much more demand in the Nimwegen market than supply. Even though the pressure is according to student accommodation provider SSH&, which has around 6,400 rooms and 35 percent of the room market, ‘stable’ in recent years. Nearly all first-year students who enrolled before the start of their studies had a room in May or June, says manager Vincent Buitenhuis. ,, Students who have to travel for a long time and therefore get priority, have a room for Christmas. Those who live closer always at the end of the first year. ” The accommodation provider has about 2,000 to 2,500 homes available every year from the 6,400 rooms in Nimwegen. More than 3,000 students register annually with the accommodation provider. “Many students find something on the private market.”


Second-year students
According to Buitenhuis, a new problem forms students who only go to rooms in their second year. “There are more and more. The problem is that they are not allowed to use our priority rules. First-year students and students with travel urgency go ahead, which puts second-year students in trouble and has to wait longer. That can take two years. We look at what to do with the rules. ” In Arnhem, pressure on the chamber market is in balance, according to the latest figures from the National Student Housing Monitor. Only 6,000 students live in rooms there, compared with around 19,000 in Nimwegen. The SSH&, which owns nearly 10 percent of the market, sees an increase in demand. Buitenhuis: ,, That is why we are going to build 140 units so that we will have 600 rooms in the future. The fact that students quickly find a room also comes from the many private providers. ”

Note: SSH& used to be SSHN, meaning: Society Student Housing Nimwegen.


Hasan (21) fled from Syria to the Netherlands and invites you for a cup of coffee.

h“All the unknown is exciting, that is why it is so important that refugees and Dutch people come into contact with each other”, says Hasan. He fled from Syria to the Netherlands. On June 20, World Refugee Day, he serves coffee with other refugees and the Dutch Council for Refugees between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm at the station in Nimwegen.

Studying or the army

You would not say it if you heard him speak Dutch, but Hasan is only 2,5 years in the Netherlands. At the age of 18 he fled to the Netherlands with his uncle to escape the dangerous military service. His father, mother, brother and sister stayed behind. “It is war in Syria. That’s why many boys who turn 18 have to go into the army. I did not want to go into the army, but to study. That is why I decided to leave Syria. “

Take the initiative yourself

KhoseMeanwhile Hasan is following a transition year at HAN (University Arnheim Nimwegen), so that he can then start his study Civil Engineering. When he asks if he feels at home in the Netherlands, a smile appears from ear to ear. “The Netherlands is really my home! The Dutch generally take little initiative to get to know you, but if you take a step yourself, almost everyone reacts positively. That’s why I like to hand out coffee on June 20: then I just come to the people myself! I hope people do not think it’s weird that I just want to drink a cup of coffee. Probably they think that I am very different, because I come from a different country. But I really do not think so. For me, everyone is just the same.”

People of the hour

Yet Hasan has already found a few differences between Dutch and Syrians. Hasan: “Time for example! Everyone is always on time. If you have to go to work I understand that, but even if I have a meeting with friends and I am 5 minutes late I get to hear that already. Recently I got a message from a friend, if I wanted to come and eat with her in three months. That’s really going too far for me, haha! In Syria we did everything much more spontaneously, then we often called the same day if it came true. That is really a big difference with how it goes in the Netherlands.”

We do not know our neighbors

Another difference, according to Hasan, is the low level of contact with the neighbors. “I knew everyone in my village in Syria. Here I literally know only one neighbor in the flat where I live.” Yet Hasan is far from lonely. He quickly made friends: both people of Dutch descent and people with a foreign background. “I have left some contacts with my time at the asylum seekers’ center. People came by to meet us. I also met people at school. And I do volunteer work at a foundation that organizes fun activities for children and young people in asylum seekers’ centers. My colleagues there are now also really good friends. “

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Counted from street level, these students have their drinks on the fourth floor 🙂 🙂 🙂 Life is so nice in Nimwegen city!!!

From top downwards:

  • 4th floor: roof ( the sitting area);
  • 3rd floor: attic floor;
  • 2nd floor: gothic windowed bedrooms;
  • 1st floor: gothic windowed bedrooms;
  • ground floor: gothic windowed living rooms;
  • basement: storage rooms and apartment at backside.

For Nimwegen this is a very common way of house building. When I have to compare with our house, then I state the following:

  • 3rd floor: not in use, attic;
  • 2nd floor: storage; there could be 2 bedrooms;
  • 1st floor: master bedroom, office, sundeck (total 15m / 50ft);
  • ground floor: lounge area, dining area, garden room (total 15m / 50ft);
  • basement: running over the full length of the house (total 15m / 50ft): guestroom, living room, garden room; plus a nice back yard and a pond.

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Graafseweg 217


  • Everything back to “normal”: the lounge-set is on its place, the BBQ, the American style freezer/fridge and 2 refrigerators are gone 🙂

  • A lot of the beer and soft drinks are still “in stock”, as well as a part of the meat for the BBQ 😦

  • I hope that the entrance fee of € 15 per person has covered the expenses of Friso, Tim c.s.. 🙂

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Graafseweg 217



  • The party ended earlier than planned, just after midnight, due to the fact that neighbors had called directly the police instead of coming first over and discuss the matter with  the organisers of the party: Floris and Tim.

  • The first police car arrived at 07.00 PM at the neighbors Graafseweg 215, where previously this week had been nuisance to neighbors.

  • The last and third time that the police came over was just past midnight June 24/25. The police threatened to confiscate the “nuisance obstacles” (2 sound panels of the the DJ).

  • So, Floris announced the party continued but without music and light effects. At the appointed time of 01 AM all was silent, and the party members were gone to the city”s student nightlife.


By the way, I attended the party for a while and was introduced by Floris and Tim as “the understanding neighbor” 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Graafseweg 217




Saturday, 08.32PM

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Graafseweg 223-237

As a variation on “On a beautiful morning like this”, here the evening setting of the neighboring students of Graafseweg 223-237. Visible are 5 females and one male, the whole “assembly” coun-ted ten people, having a beer in the sunset. The picture is taken from our front balcony and the (according the owner of the student complex) offending red car is parked exactly on the driveway of Graafseweg 221, with the strict permission of the owners of Graafseweg 221.

However, the owner of the student complex, Mr. Vogelsang -husband of the owner of the buildings in question: Archi-Bel B.V., sees this as an illegal use of his property and threatens to tow away the red car (“It is only a matter of putting a chain and discard the obstacle”, as he said).

The proprietress of the car, a woman known by our neighbors, lives also at the Graafseweg (odd numbers) but more towards the city. Normally she parks the car in front of the student complex, which is -according to the angry owner- a private property. So in the last case he could ask the lady in question to park her car elsewhere. At the other side of the Graafseweg is a cycle road annex driveway, where lots of people park their car in the evening, as parking space on the odd numbered side of the Graafseweg is sparse 😦 😦 😦

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Graafseweg 217

Announced for next Saturday: a party at our neighboring student house & garden till 01:00AM. The two companions of the sousterrain -we are very well “on speaking terms nowadays 🙂 “- came today at the door. Preparations (decorations) apparently just delivered…