The numbers are expected. Ernst Kuipers of the National Acute Care Network had previously indicated that approximately 2500 covid patients would have been admitted to hospitals by the end of the month.
The pressure on healthcare is still growing and Dutch hospitals are now forced to scale up regular healthcare by about 25 to 30 percent. This specifically concerns clinical care that requires an operating theater and hospital bed. Day treatment, such as chemotherapy for cancer patients, as well as consultation hours and, for example, the X-ray department will continue as usual.
To limit the damage as much as possible, the LCPS is busy spreading patients across the regions every day. In the past 24 hours there were 35 trips between the regions, 4 of which were IC trips. In addition, an unknown number of patients were moved to other hospitals within their own region, for example from Rotterdam to Goes or from Amsterdam to Alkmaar.
New interventions threaten to prevent a peak like during the first wave. At the peak, about 1,400 corona patients were in intensive care and about 2,500 in the nursing ward.
10,280 new infections
10,280 positive corona tests were registered between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning. On Wednesday, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) had reported 8,118 positive tests. However, this figure was lower due to a technical fault, which meant that the data was not complete. In the previous three days, the health institute reported just over 10,000 infections.
The number of deaths in the last 24 hours was 62. That does not mean that all these people died in the past 24 hours. Such information is sometimes passed on with some delay. 54 deaths were reported between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.