The number of daily Covid-19 cases in the Netherlands reached a new all-time high, with escalating incidents raising concerns about a second wave in Europe. As of Wednesday 16/9, the Dutch health authorities reported 1,542 recorded cases, the highest daily increase of all time and exceeding the levels in early April, when Covid-19 had swept the countries of Europe, leading to lockdown measures.
Wednesday’s cases surpassed the previous record of 1,379 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Netherlands to 86,320.
In this context, there is strong concern about the Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to take place on May 18, 20 and 22. Although the organizers and the EBU say in all directions that the event will return in 2021 stronger than ever, nothing should be taken for granted, especially if the pandemic data worsens.
Given the current reality due to the dispersal of Covid-19, the Polish organizers of Junior Eurovision 2020, which will take place on November 29, decided to hold the show in a different way this year. Its presentation and Interval Acts will take place in a studio in the Polish capital, while all participants will present their songs in a studio located in each country. A scenario rejected by both the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the senior Eurovision.