More than 60,000 new infections have been reported in the past seven days.
Since the outbreak began, more than 270,000 people in the Netherlands have been tested positive. If the current rate continues, the 300,000th corona infection will be diagnosed in a few days. Exactly a month ago, on September 23, the 100,000th positive test was recorded. A week and a day ago, the counter topped 200,000.
The number of deaths increased by 47. Among them are four people in Enschede and four in Rotterdam. That’s not to say that all of these people died in the past 24 hours. Such information is sometimes passed on with some delay. 46 deaths were reported between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.
The safety region Rotterdam-Rijnmond had the most new cases. In the region, 1,051 people were tested positive, including 558 residents of Rotterdam itself. 928 cases were discovered in the province of Utrecht. In Amsterdam-Amstelland, 894 people were found to have contracted the virus, including 743 Amsterdammers. 740 people were tested positive in Twente and 728 in Haaglanden.
A second infection has been found on Schiermonnikoog. Until recently, the Wadden Island was the last still corona-free municipality in the Netherlands.
Since the outbreak began, nearly 26,000 residents in Amsterdam have been tested positive. Rotterdam is approaching the mark of 20,000 cases and in The Hague almost 14,000 inhabitants have been infected.
The second wave has been breaking record after record for quite some time. In the summer, when few infections were detected, it took more than two months to arrive in 10,000 new cases. In September there were about 10,000 cases in a week, and in early October there were so many positive tests in three days.
Nearly 2,100 corona patients in hospitals
The number of corona patients in hospitals has risen to 2073. That is seventy more than on Thursday, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).
The nursing wards have admitted 248 corona patients in the past 24 hours. On the other hand, 187 people left the nursing wards. It is not known how many of them were allowed to go home or to a rehabilitation center, and how many of them were transferred to an IC or died. The total number of corona patients on the nursing wards increased by 61 to 1,601, the highest number since April 10.
The intensive care units admitted 43 corona patients last 24 hours. In addition, 34 people left the ICU, so that the total number of corona patients there rose by 9 to 472. There, too, it is not known how many of the 34 died and how many were allowed back to a nursing ward.
In addition to the 1,601 corona patients, the nursing wards also contain 11,034 people with other conditions. Intensive care patients treat 476 people who have not been diagnosed with the coronavirus. For example, they have cancer or serious heart complaints, or have had a serious accident. In total, Dutch hospitals will treat 13,583 people on Friday. There are 14,764 beds available for them. That means that there are fewer than 1,200 beds left across the country.
There are slightly more non-corona patients in intensive care on Friday than people with corona. On Thursday, this was the other way around, for the first time since May 12, at the end of the first corona wave.
The peak of the first wave was in late March and early April. At the time, about 1,400 corona patients were in intensive care and about 2,500 in a nursing ward. These numbers are higher than now, but during that period the regular care was almost completely stopped, while the hospitals now want to continue the care for others as much as possible.
In the past 24 hours, 35 people have been moved to hospitals in other parts of the country. 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. Just one month ago, on September 23, the LCPS resumed the distribution of patients. Since then, 599 people have been transferred to other regions.