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Numbers, numbers ... real persons, loved ones ... the economy people, the elderly are sacrificed. The Dutch Government with Mark Rutte don't do testing and don't count ... think Iraq and Syria. The same old as rightwing, conservative "leadership'.

Following the same policy ... insufficient testing ... let the virus spread for herd immunity ... don't count the deaths as not all persons die in the hospital. Eighty per cent die in nursing homes or at home. Of course, in the weekly stats will alert by significant discrepancies: in week 12, March 16 thru 22, there are 440 more deaths than can be explained by seasonal average and the trending curve. This is 157% underreporting of the real numbers ... worse to come. The Dutch government organization RIVM has attributed fewer deaths to the coronavirus outbreak that will show in the official WHO statistics.

CBS suspects higher corona death than previously reported | Dagblad v/h Noorden - ANP |

The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) detects 440 more deaths than average in the third week of March. The researchers think that this difference can largely be explained by the coronavirus outbreak. They report a deviation from the mortality rates of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), which had 280 deaths from the coronavirus in that week. Statistics Netherlands suspects that there is a difference because not everyone who dies from the coronavirus is registered in this way.

According to the CBS, 3,575 people died in week 12, which is considerably higher than the average death rate of 3,135 in the previous weeks.

CBS Stats: Deceased; gender and age, per week


This afternoon the numbers of the last week of March were quite shocking ...

CBS: 1200 number of deaths missed in the last week of March

Rutte & Co: "Wij testen niet en tellen de slachtoffers COVID-19 niet !!"

Dutch Authorities: Don't Count the Dead
Pinocchio Award: Mark Rutte Challenging Trump!!

Really shameful ... wilful neglect with a rightwing agenda! Planned eugenics or simple human sacrifice.

Rutte & Co ... just like BoJo and Trump ...

Posted earlier in my recent diary - Biggest Threat to Democracy Is Disinformation.

by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 05:56:03 PM EST
Dutch official corona death toll hits 1,487, but real total is higher | Dutch News |

The number of patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus has risen by 502 to 6,286 in the latest update from the public health institute RIVM.

In total, 148 more people have died, taking the death toll to 1,487, while 15,723 people have tested positive for the virus, a rise of over 1,000 on Thursday.

Figures published by the national statistics office CBS on Friday indicate that coronavirus is having a significant impact on the wider weekly death figures which the two agencies have compiled since the 2009 flu epidemic.

Figures relating to the period 19-25 March indicate that between 870 and 1181 more people died than would have been expected, the RIVM said. At this time of year, some 2,700 to 3,000 people die every week.

by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 05:57:03 PM EST
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Pete Hoekstra the bullsh***er Ambassador of the US  in The Hague ... a stone's throw away from my home 😖

U.S. Ambassador lashes out at China over coronavirus transparency | NL Times |

American ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra lashed out at China and the information it provided about the coronavirus in an interview with Dutch newspaper AD. According to Hoekstra, China did not give the world reliable data about Covid-19 and is still not being transparent about the actual number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the country.

"The world could have responded to this much more efficiently if China had been more transparent. Even now we don't see the transparency we would like to see. When we see how the disease develops in Europe and in the US, the trend is somewhat different from what we hear from China," Hoekstra said to the newspaper.

The Return of Pete Hoekstra to Holland

In sudden shift, US and China seek to cooperate as coronavirus pandemic rages on | Straits Times |

by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 05:59:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 06:14:33 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 06:15:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 06:17:24 PM EST
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"Liberals": can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em, possibly.

by Cat on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 06:24:11 PM EST
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So true ... the underlying principle never went away .. delay, delay on testing and front line protection for our doctors and nurses!

by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 09:47:31 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 09:50:05 PM EST
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It is far too late for containment in the UK.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 03:06:50 AM EST
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Welcome back Don! Sent you an email a while back...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 12:35:08 PM EST
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AT&T trashed my e-mail - again. Haven't spent the requisite 2 hrs getting bounced from Texas to India to get it working again. It is just a simple password issue. I follow the instructions but get put in a loop. The ap says I succeeded in changing my password, but it never allows me to log in.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 04:06:12 PM EST
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Microsoft and Google do that to me when I want to access both my email accounts through their clients. One won't give the other access claiming wrong password.  Anyway, great to see you back!

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 04:12:25 PM EST
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Same for me with Wordpress!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 11:40:04 PM EST
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Frank, the most reliable way to communicate with me besides on ET would be through FB Messenger.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 04:41:15 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Apr 3rd, 2020 at 09:54:26 PM EST
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In real numbers ...

Because of the "herd" policy wonkers in The Hague, the numbers are highly deflated.

My own best estimate for today:
Cases: 100k
Deaths: 3k
Deaths/1M pop.: 144

Numbers similar to New York at this date.

The UK and more so the US will soar above the poor statistics of the Netherlands. UK on target for 20k and the US for 100k deaths. Final numbers above these will conclude horrible performance.

by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 10:29:37 AM EST
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Coronavirus in the US: Latest COVID-19 news and case counts | Live Science |

The U.S. became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic after reported cases surpassed those officially reported by China. Since the novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in the U.S. on Jan. 20, it has spread to at least 245,601 people in the U.S., across all 50 states.

Of the reported cases in the U.S., 6,058 people have died from the virus, with at least 2,538 of those deaths in New York, 537 in New Jersey, 417 in Michigan, 310 in Louisiana and 272 related deaths reported in Washington state. The globe has hit its own milestone: 1 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide as of Thursday afternoon (April 2), according to the Johns Hopkins virus dashboard. To date, 54,137 deaths globally are attributed to the virus.

by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 10:33:06 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 5th, 2020 at 08:19:16 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Apr 5th, 2020 at 10:22:35 PM EST
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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms 'worsen'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened", Downing Street has said.

A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and is receiving "excellent care".

Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary", the spokesman added.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening

by Bernard on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 08:36:06 PM EST
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