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Queensland (Australia) COVID-19 human vaccine trials to start

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A COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Queensland is now ready to be tested on humans, giving hope of a breakthrough in combating the virus which has caused a worldwide pandemic.

The human testing of the “molecular clamp” vaccine candidate, to start on Monday, follows encouraging results from animal testing trials conducted in the Netherlands, the Sunday Mail in Brisbane reports.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised UQ for their search for a COVID-19 vaccine and said she expected the university to reveal more on Monday.

The premier said she has been encouraged by the work of the UQ scientists and their advancements so far.

“We know UQ is at the forefront of some of the work they’re doing and they’ll be making further announcements tomorrow,” she told reporters on Sunday.

“We are very encouraged by the news from UQ.

“It’s the early stages…and we have great scientists here in Queensland and they are doing a remarkable job.”

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Notable conclusion “The Coronavirus is not as bad as expected”

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Sjaak de Gouw, director of public health in the Netherlands, says that Covid-19 is milder than previously thought. Many Dutch people have had the new coronavirus without having any complaints.

Previously, according to De Gouw, researchers thought that 20 percent of people infected with Covid-19 ended up in hospital. This now appears to be 3.5 percent of corona patients.

“If we look at the number of people we tested, who found positive and were hospitalized, it appears that many people had no or mild complaints. They were out of the picture,” says De Gouw.

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Netherlands: No new Covid-19 deaths since June 24

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The number of people in the Netherlands known to have died from respiratory illness Covid-19 herald at 6,105, public health agency RIVM said on Sunday. It was the second time in a week that the death toll did not rise as a result of the coronavirus disease.

Nobody in the country is known to have died from the disease since June 24, and there were also no deaths linked to Covid-19 on June 22. Prior to that, the last time there had been a date without a Covid-19 fatality was on March 9.

The agency constantly updates its statistics as new data becomes available, which could mean that a fatal case is linked to a date in which previously there had been none. The same holds true for new hospitalizations, with 11,871 people having been admitted to hospital for the disease since late February.

That reflects an increase of three, the RIVM said. At least two of those admissions took place in the past week, a figure which could rise when more data is processed by the agency.

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Netherlands – Covid-19 patients in ICU down below 200 for first time in 10 weeks

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For the first time since mid-March, the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care was below 200. There was a 16 percent decrease in patients from Monday afternoon, dropping to a total of 188 people on Tuesday, according to patient coordination office LCPS.

Figures from non-profit intensive care organization NICE also showed that no ICU patients with the coronavirus disease died in that same 24 hour period.

“As expected, the decrease in the number of COVID patients in the ICU is continuing. This is favorable for resuming other care,” said Ernst Kuipers, the head of the acute care providers network in the Netherlands. He reaffirmed his belief that in a matter of days, the country would have fewer than 150 Covid-19 patients in ICU.

Aside from 35 fewer people in ICU, there was also a large decrease of Covid-19 patients from other hospital wards. Dutch hospitals were treating 698 people for the disease on Tuesday, down 58 from one day prior, the LCPS said.

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Netherlands – Lowest number of deaths in two months, ‘but the virus is certainly not gone yet’

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The number of reports of people who died of the coronavirus is remarkably low today, with ten. Fifteen new hospital admissions have also been reported. However, the fact that the number of reports of deaths is so low today does not mean that the virus has disappeared, warns Marion Koopmans, professor by special appointment of virology at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. “The numbers are always lower on weekends. We really have to wait on Monday to get a clearer picture. The falling numbers do fit the trend, but we certainly cannot say on the basis of today’s figures that this is a break in the trend. Therefore, people should not think that it is over. The peak has passed, but there are still many people on the IC. The virus is certainly not gone and can also flare up. ”

According to Koopmans, it is also awaiting the consequences if the measures are further relaxed. ,, More things will open again and it will get busier on the street. It has gone well so far. But are we all going to keep our attention? That will be an exciting period. ”

Koopmans has not yet heard whether opening the schools has had an effect. “In Denmark this had hardly any effect. It’s been a week here now, so it’s too early to say anything. Teachers now also have more options to be tested, so it remains to be seen what we will see in the registrations. ”

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Scientists have developed antibodies that can kill coronavirus

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The flu kills thousands of people each year, yet we’re not afraid of it because we know what to do when the first symptoms appear. We can immediately recognize the signs and treat them with over the counter drugs. We know when things aren’t working and only then do we go for professional help. We can even get vaccines each year to help avoid reinfection.

Hospitals around the world have been using plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat patients with weaker immune systems that weren’t able to generate their own coronavirus-killing antibodies. That strategy works for other infectious diseases and has been used for more than 100 years. Plasma from COVID-19 patients who have recovered has saved many lives already, as plenty of reports have shown, but the therapy has a considerable downside: It’s not scalable to meet demand.

Researchers from the Netherlands, Israel, and Japan have synthesized strong antibodies that have neutralized the virus in lab conditions. The next step is testing the creations on humans in clinical trials. If the drugs are effective and safe, they could hit mass-production soon and become standard COVID-19 therapies.

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This restaurant in Amsterdam introduced ‘quarantine greenhouses’ so diners can eat while social distancing

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Missing restaurants while social distancing? You’re not alone. One restaurant in the Netherlands, though, has found a solution.

Mediamatic ETEN, a restaurant in Amsterdam, is offering a four-course vegetarian menu for diners — served to guests while they sit in their own personal quarantine greenhouses.

Still, as many places begin to loosen restrictions on social distancing, this type of greenhouse dining could take off.

“It’s super cozy, it’s really cozy, it’s nice and the food is delicious,” diner Janita Vermeulen told Reuters.

Waiters wear gloves and face shields to alleviate any risk of infections, the restaurant confirmed. They also use long boards to bring dishes into the greenhouses to diners.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/07/world/dutch-restaurant-reopen-greenhouse-trnd/index.html

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Cabinet eases series of corona measures, the Netherlands in ‘new phase’

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The “first outbreak phase” of the coronavirus is behind us, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said last night. “We are now entering the phase where we have to make the transition to the 1.5 meter society.”

The plan is now to get almost all contact professions back to work from 11 May . Hairdressers, foot care workers, masseurs do have to work by appointment. 1.5 meters should be kept between the customers . Driving schools are also allowed to return to work. The CBR also resumes the  exams .

For outdoor sports , they can also get back to work with that reservation, including people over 18 years old. This mainly concerns non-contact sports , such as tennis and golf.

The motto ‘stay at home as much as possible’ also changes on May 11 to: ‘stay at home if you have health problems’ . The advice remains to keep 1.5 meters apart.

From 1 June, terraces may open again, just like beach bars. Also restaurants can again receive guests, but only by reservation. The maximum number of guests is then thirty. Also cinemas, concert halls, museums  and theaters open again, they must also take the maximum number of visitors in thirty eight. For families, however, they do not have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters when they go to the cinema or eat out. It is being investigated whether this can also apply to music venues. 

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Lockdown eased: Netherlands and France plan to re-open primary schools

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Several European countries are to relax coronavirus restrictions related to children, with Holland and France announcing that primary schools will reopen next month and Spain setting out how under-14s will be allowed out of the home from next week.

French children would return to school in staggered year groups, the education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer said, with no more than 15 pupils allowed in each class.

Primary pupils aged from five to 11 would be the first to go back on 12 May, one day after the end of a strict nationwide lockdown. The following week older children in selected years at secondary schools and lycée would return. All classes would be back by 25 May.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/21/lockdown-eased-netherlands-and-france-plan-to-re-open-primary-schools

Dutch report lowest daily corona death rate in over 3 weeks

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The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands has risen by 83, Dutch health authorities said on Sunday, which was the smallest reported daily increase since March 26.

The total number of deaths among people known to have been infected with the coronavirus increased to 3,684, while the number of confirmed infections rose by 1,066 to 32,655.

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