Limburg was the province with relatively the most corona infections last week. This is mainly due to the large number of infections in North and Central Limburg.
Compared to the population, the corona virus spreads the fastest in our province with 332.90 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. This is evident from figures from the GGDs and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Difference north and south
The differences between the north and the south remain large. The catchment area of GGD Limburg-Noord was even the largest source of fire in the country last week, with 419.41 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. In South Limburg, this is significantly lower with 257.56 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
If we look at the municipal level, proportionally most people in Beesel have become infected: 585.92 per 100,000 inhabitants. Venlo (559.94), Roerdalen (554.14) and Roermond (528.72) follow.
“We see that the number of tests is increasing and that in weeks 11 to 13 the number of infections in North and Central Limburg is also increasing”, says Hans Buskes, spokesman GGD Limburg-Noord. “It has been rising steadily for a while. That means we are in the third peak.” The GGD has no insight into why the number is higher in North Limburg than in other regions. “It is difficult to investigate because it can depend on so many different factors. It is often difficult to pinpoint the sore spot.” Just like nationally, the GGD also sees an increase in the number of young people who get tested, as does the number of positive young adults.
In total, 3719 corona infections were diagnosed in the past seven days, of which 2,181 in North and Central Limburg. In total, at least 83,894 Limburgers have now been tested positive for the virus. The number of fellow provincial residents who have been or have been admitted has risen by 23 to 2,102. In the past week, 12 people were killed. The corona virus has now killed at least 1238 Limburgers.
Nationally, the number of diagnosed corona infections decreased by 7 percent last week compared to the week before. RIVM registered 48,186 positive test results in seven days. With the favorable figure it should be noted that 10 percent fewer tests were administered.
“This decrease may be because fewer people had themselves tested during the Easter weekend,” reports the RIVM. “In the coming days it will become clear whether the decline in the number of positive test results will continue.” The decrease was strongest among the elderly over 80 years (-15 percent) and among young people up to 18 years (-11 percent).
The number of new corona cases rose by 13 percent in the week of March 23 to 30. In the preceding weeks, RIVM noted an increase of 16 percent and 24 percent. The upward trend that started in mid-February also came to a halt at the beginning of March, before going up again steeply.
The corona measures have not changed. What is progressing steadily is the vaccination campaign. The RIVM has already indicated that this is likely to bear fruit among the elderly. The number of new hospital admissions of people with Covid-19 also decreased slightly last week, by 3 percent. There were a total of 1588. In intensive care, the number of admissions of seriously ill corona patients increased considerably, by 19 percent. A total of 376 new IC admissions were registered.
According to calculations by the RIVM, the reproduction number, which indicates how quickly the virus spreads, has decreased slightly. It now stands at 1.01. This means that the situation is almost stable and 100 infected people light an average of 101 others.
RIVM registered 142 deaths. A week earlier there were 171.