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Netherlands Covid Update – Cases and Protests



57 thousand cases of covid in the Netherlands: protests continue at the weekend. Around 30 restaurants and cafes in Horst aan de Maas threatened the government to open their doors over the weekend. Businesses also stated that if Prime Minister Rutte made a statement this evening that the restrictions would be lifted on January 26, they would abandon this decision.

Today, Hubert Bruls of the Security Council told the cabinet that a quick decision on the restrictions needed to be made. According to Bruls, relaxation should definitely happen, because the existing corona policies are ‘inexplicable’. Rutte and Kuipers will hold a press conference next Tuesday.

Horst aan de Maas Municipality, on the other hand, announced that they showed understanding and support for this reaction.

The municipality allowed businesses between 12:00 and 16:00.

Despite all these pressures to relax, the cabinet said no decisions will be made before Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of the Cabinet, Minister of Health Kuipers announced that 57 thousand people were infected with the coronavirus, as a record number today. The minister said that according to this rate, one out of every 75 Dutch people is positive for coronavirus. Kuipers continued:

“This is a pretty high rate that we’ve already done a lot of relaxation.”

Prime Minister Rutte, on the other hand, said that he did not give any guarantees, but that if any restrictions were lifted, the culture and food industry would come first. Rutte also emphasized that decisions are taken in line with data, and that this decision will be taken accordingly. The Outbreak Management Team will await OMT’s recommendations on cabinet data.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Majority of the Netherlands support LGBT people



According to a study conducted in the Netherlands, support for LGBT individuals was calculated as 76 percent. While 20 percent of the society is undecided on this issue, only 4 percent have negative feelings towards LGBT individuals.

The research was conducted by SCP, the government’s socio-cultural think thank. Gay, lesbian and bisexuals came to the fore among the LGBT individuals accepted by the society.
On the other hand, support for transgender people is lower at 60 percent. The proportion of people who have negative feelings towards transgender people was also higher at 9 percent. For this group, the rate of undecided is also higher.
SCP noted that over the past 15 years, attitudes towards homosexuality and bisexuality in the Netherlands have progressed much more positively than in other European countries. Only in Iceland is society more positive towards LGBT people than in the Netherlands.
Despite the general support, 19 percent of respondents said they found it ‘disgusting’ for two men to have sex. Those who found the intercourse of two women ‘disgusting’ were calculated as 7 percent. Also, 20 percent said they showed less reaction when they saw two women holding hands than when they saw two men holding hands.

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Face mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended



Mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended

The mask requirement applied in Belgium due to the Covid-19 epidemic has also ended in public transportation. Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks.

Due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in Belgium, the obligation to wear a mask, which has been applied in public transport for more than two years, has been lifted.

At the end of the meeting of the Belgian government on Covid-19 measures, a statement was made to the press.

According to the decisions taken by the government as of Monday, May 23, passengers will not be required to wear masks in public transport.


Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks. It will be recommended to wear a mask in places such as very crowded places and sick and elderly care homes.

The measures, which were previously applied and some of them were relaxed, were also lifted during travels to Belgium. Thus, the restriction applied to “non-essential” travel to Belgium from non-EU countries has ended.

Those coming from outside the EU are no longer required to show a valid Covid-19 certificate recognized by Belgium. The Covid-19 certificate shows that you were vaccinated, had the disease within 6 months, or had a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours.

Passengers will also no longer be required to fill out a tracking form for Covid-19 upon arrival in Belgium.

In Belgium, the positive trend in the data on the epidemic in recent months continues. In the country where the cases continue to fall, the number of daily cases is currently 3 thousand 500, the number of daily deaths is around 10.

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Netherlands: minimum wage is rising



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In the Netherlands, the cabinet is considering a minimum wage increase next year. The information came in collaboration with RTL Nieuws and NOS. 

According to previous statements, this increase would be in 2024, but the date has been moved forward. With the increase, the minimum wage for those aged 21 or over will be 1,725 ​​euros. The cabinet wants to increase by 7.5 percent in 2024 and 2025. This year’s increase will be at the same rate. 

With the first increase in the minimum wage, there will be an increase in the pension. It is unclear whether there will be an increase in this area in the other two planned years. The decision will likely be finalized at the Council of Ministers on Friday.

Previously, the cabinet did not want to increase the pension along with the minimum wage. However, this drew intense criticism from the opposition. 

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