NS: 55 percent fewer train passengers in 2020
The number of train passengers fell by 55 percent in 2020 as a result of the corona crisis. The NS reports this on Monday the annual station figures. On an average working day in 2020, 591,000 trips were made. In January and February, the monthly average was still slightly higher than in 2019.
Schiphol Airport station saw the largest drop in the number of passengers. Because air traffic was largely at a standstill, 70 percent fewer people got in and out at the airport. The stations Tilburg University (-66 percent) and Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena (-65 percent) also registered fewer passengers. The NS attributes this to the fact that the university switched to online education and that the events in the Johan Cruijff Arena and the Ziggo Dome were cancelled.
Since the relaxation at the end of May, the number of train passengers has increased again. early July lag the number at 53 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Ministry sends free self-tests to households
The Ministry of Health will send letters to households in the coming days with which free corona self-tests can be ordered. according to the national government. This should make testing more accessible, with a view to the end of the summer. For example, the ministry recommends testing when returning from vacation or before going to the office.
The letters must arrive from August 10 to September 1 and contain a code with which two self-tests can be ordered once from August 16. According to The Telegraph a total of 8 million households will receive a letter and the tests will be delivered to their homes within a week and a half. High school and college students can get free tests through their education.
Self-tests, which are also sold at supermarkets, drugstores and pharmacies, are intended to be administered without having corona-related complaints. If this is the case, the government recommends making an appointment at a test location of a GGD. Even if a self-test proves positive, a test at a GGD is the next step.