In the past 24 hours, 6,378 new positive corona tests were reported to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), a decrease of almost 2 percent compared to Saturday. Then 6,504 positive tests were reported. The number of corona patients admitted to hospitals has increased by 43 to 1,233.
This weekend Prime Minister Mark Rutte as “possibly crucial“because next week a decision will be taken on a new package of measures.
The RIVM also reported seventeen new deaths on Sunday. The occupancy in intensive care is currently 247, twelve more than the day before.
Daily figures also refer to earlier days
It is unclear to what extent the daily figures of the RIVM are a good measure to see whether the measures have enough effect.
This is partly because the RIVM daily figures also report positive tests and deaths that took place earlier this month. Because of the processing time, there is a delay in the reporting system.
We also do not know how many more tests were conducted in the past week compared to a week earlier. RIVM is not expected to publish these figures until Tuesday.
Rapid increase in the number of cases
The number of positive tests has increased rapidly in recent weeks. For example, only about a thousand new confirmed cases were reported on September 13. Now more than four weeks later, we are above six thousand a day.
Last week, the cabinet announced, among other things, that the catering industry must close by 10 p.m. at the latest, the maximum number of people indoors will be reduced to thirty and there may not be an audience at sports matches. Later, on top of that, there was an “urgent advice” to wear a face mask in public interior spaces.
What measures may be added to this will be announced on Tuesday.
Last week, the Netherlands reported one of the largest numbers of positive tests per day in Europe relative to the number of inhabitants: 161 positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants. With this, the Netherlands also passed hot spots in Brazil and the United States, which reported about 130 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.