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In the Netherlands, 356 people have now died from the disease. The virus has been detected in 6412 people. View the map of the Netherlands here.

The main points:

  • Russia bans all civil aviation because of corona
  • Iran fears second wave of corona infections
  • Nearly 70,000 corona infections in the US, more than 1,000 deaths
  • Spaniards pelt ambulances containing corona patients
  • 20,000 former healthcare workers report to fight
  • More than 60,000 infections in the US
  • Virus barely mutates
  • Police call on students in Amstelveen to stop partying
  • “The intensive care unit is currently creaking”


  • NS flexible for cardholders and seniors
  • Advice for web shops: more time to return
  • PostNL warns about delayed parcels

From the sports world:

  • Top athletes see their pension change: “A huge impact”
  • Frank de Boer in the US: “The worst is yet to come”

“After this virus comes a better society”

When the virus has spread and the world calms down, humanity will be different. Better. That says Erik Matser, clinical neuropsychologist from Helmond. “It is a very big blow that we all have to deal with now. As a result, the individualism, the turning away from the group, of many young people in particular will change. They become thinkers. ”

“Fewer people will burn down later,” says the scientist. More than a year ago, Matser called the increasing number of burnouts the greatest risk in today’s society. He previously gained great fame, among other things, by being the basis of changed regulations at international sports federations to prevent brain injuries and has been a personal accompanist for many international celebrities. “We are going back to our roots. In these times we learn that we have to do something for someone else and that gives a positive feeling and energy. That is a natural process that is in the brain. We will soon pay more attention to each other. ”

But we have to win the fight first. Matser: “It is crucial that the people are explained why we are going to win. Not how we’re going to win. The “why” is processed through the sensory system (the limbic system) of the brain. And people make choices based on feeling. Rutte has explained very well why we are going to make it and what we have to do for it. Why we can’t go outside. If he had only announced “sec” measures, we would have run into the streets with hundreds of thousands at a time. That didn’t happen, because what he said was right. ”

We are only at the beginning of a very difficult game, says Matser. He refers to the time when he worked at the major English football club Chelsea. “I saw John Terry, then captain, up close just before big games. He explained the strategy to his fellow players and thereby radiated control. He explained how they were going to play tactics, especially why they used this tactic. Why they were going to win. That gives a certain sense of security, which helped to win the match on psychological grounds. ”

Behavioral changes are very difficult for people, Matser said. “That is specific to the species. And now we are suddenly confronted with extreme changes. Everything that was always normal is no longer possible. This uncertainty causes fear and is an innate stress process in humans. I understand that many people have a very hard time because of this. It is important to stick to our leaders’ chosen strategy and why we do it. That gives peace and security. ”

What politics does very well, according to Matser, is to name everything, which has given rise to a strong belief in the approach. “In the current situation, we are doing great in the Netherlands. Rutte says to understand that this is very annoying, virologists inform us in an impressive way. We believe our leaders and scientists. I work a lot abroad, but I think it is fantastic that I am now in the Netherlands. Because I get the feeling that we are going to make it here, in our own way. ”

Above all, take people into successes, no matter how small. Matser: “I just heard Jaap van Dissel say that it seems to be going in the right direction with the fight against the virus. His words immediately go into the collective feeling of the people. The feeling of: “We are having a hard time, but we are going in the right direction, we are going to succeed. It’s going to take a while, but we believe in it. The changes, however serious, lead to something. ” So let people with vision explain the whole crisis why it works, so we win. ”

European Parliament votes on measures to tackle corona crisis

The European Parliament will vote on Thursday on three laws that will mitigate the consequences of the corona crisis. Most MPs vote by email due to travel restrictions from their own country. There were no rules for remote voting, so a procedure has been put in place to make this possible.

The parliamentarians vote on take-off and landing rights legislation, known as slots. EU countries have already agreed to suspend until October 24 the obligation for airlines to use at least 80 percent of their allocated slots. Take-off and landing rights would otherwise expire. Airlines therefore flew earlier with (half) empty “ghost flights”.

There is also a vote on the European Commission’s investment initiative to release EUR 37 billion from unused EU funds. This money is intended to help the most affected Member States and regions with their health systems, labor market, and small and medium-sized enterprises, among others. EUR 25 million is available for the Netherlands.

Finally, there is a proposal to be able to use the EU Solidarity Fund, intended for natural disasters, in the event of a public health crisis. Member States that have been hardest hit by the epidemic can therefore claim the fund. This could pay out up to 800 million euros this year.

President David Sassoli opens the session in Brussels at 10:00, after which the vote is first taken on procedures. Parliamentarians must print, complete, sign, scan or photograph the emailed voting forms and then return them. A vote on proposed changes will follow at 5.30 pm. The final vote on the three proposals can then take place from 8 pm. Sassoli will announce the results at 10:30 PM

The scheduled emergency session replaces the parliament session that would take place next week. Parliament is scheduled to meet again in Strasbourg in September as usual. Three plenary sessions are planned in Brussels until May in May, June and July, with voting taking place at a distance.

Russia bans all civil aviation

The Russian government has banned all civil aviation to and from the country since Friday due to the corona virus. Russian airlines are still allowed to bring back citizens from abroad, if they have special permission to do so.

Russia is taking increasingly stringent measures to stem the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin announced that a referendum on extensive constitutional changes, including the abolition of the maximum term of office for the presidency, will be postponed. Also, there will be no work in the coming week and almost two million people over 65 will have to stay at home from Thursday.

The president warned earlier that Russia will also notice the consequences of the virus, although relatively few cases are now known. The country has so far more than six hundred infections, three patients have died from the effects of the virus.

Nibud comes with tips for less income

Due to the corona crisis, the National Institute for Budgetary Information (Nibud) is publishing a special online edition of the Nibud Geldkrant: the Geldkrant special Less income. With the newspaper, Nibud wants to offer handles to people who experience a (sharp) decrease in their income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

US 2 trillion historical corona law

The United States Senate unanimously approved a $ 2 trillion aid package on Thursday to mitigate the economic damage caused by the corona crisis. The law has yet to pass the House of Representatives on Friday, but Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin expects that the law will also be passed there.

The package provides tax relief, loans and compensation to affected companies. More than $ 100 billion is also being invested in healthcare. An important part is making virus tests available free of charge. Previously, people who were not insured had to pay the costs themselves, which in some cases could amount to several thousand euros.

The plan aims to alleviate the large-scale economic damage caused by the coronavirus. Economists previously warned that unemployment in the United States can reach 30 percent.

In the latest corona update: court reporter Saskia Belleman about a case against a corona cough who has to go to jail for ten weeks, the confusion about the number of hospital admissions in the Netherlands, and the rapidly increasing death toll in Spain. Listen the podcast here, below or via your own podcast app.


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