Potentially ‘crucial’ weekend starts with significant increase: 6,504 positive corona tests | NOW

In the past 24 hours, 6,504 new positive corona tests were reported to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). This is a fairly significant increase compared to Friday, when almost six thousand infections were reported.

This weekend Prime Minister Mark Rutte as “possibly crucial“This is because a decision will be made about a new package of measures in the coming week. Tightening up can be prevented if measures taken earlier this weekend prove effective, Rutte said on Friday.

The number of positive tests has increased rapidly in recent weeks. The largest increase from the day before (837) took place on Thursday. Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) then said that a trend break in the corona figures should be visible soon.

24 new deaths were also reported by the RIVM, but this does not necessarily mean that these people also died in the last 24 hours. This information is sometimes passed on to the institute with a delay.

Some reports are delayed due to processing time. The RIVM thinks that the actual number of infections in the Netherlands is larger, because not everyone with complaints can be tested. This is partly because it is difficult to make an appointment due to the pressure at the GGDs.

Number of positive corona tests, with the difference from the day before in brackets:

  • Saturday: 6,504 (+521)
  • Friday: 5,983 (+152)
  • Thursday: 5,831 (+837)
  • Wednesday: 4,994 (+446)
  • Tuesday: 4,548 (-33)
  • Monday: 4,581 (+574)
  • Sunday: 4.007 (+29)

Also an increase in the number of occupied hospital beds

Figures from the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) show that the number of occupied hospital beds has increased by 51 compared to Thursday. This concerns the inflow and outflow of patients and not the total number of new hospital admissions.

The total number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals is now 1,190. Most of them are in nursing wards; 235 people with COVID-19 are in intensive care (ic), four fewer than Friday.

Nineteen patients had to be moved to another region during the last 24 hours to prevent the pressure on hospitals in areas with many infections becoming too great.


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