In the past seven days, RIVM registered 157,540 positive tests. On average, that amounts to 22,506 new cases per day, a new record.
The total for the past seven days is 7 percent higher than the total for the week before. That is the lowest ‘growth number’ since October 6. Last Sunday, the weekly total was more than 56 percent higher than in the previous week.
Just because the number of positive tests is leveling off does not mean that the number of infections is stabilizing and we are on top of the wave. The test streets of the GGDs are approaching their maximum capacity. They test about 100,000 people a day, and in recent weeks 20 to 25 percent of all tests have come out positive. This roughly corresponds to the more than 20,000 positive tests that the Netherlands now has for the thirteenth day in a row. It is therefore possible that more people have corona among their members, but that it is no longer possible to find all infections.
In the municipality of Amsterdam, 925 new corona cases were reported last 24 hours. In Rotterdam, 638 people were told that they are infected and in The Hague it concerns 565 people. In Utrecht and Nijmegen, 388 and 326 people respectively received a positive test result.
RIVM registered 45 deaths of corona patients last day. For a Sunday, that’s the highest number since February 7. The fact that the deaths of these people have now been reported does not mean that they died within the past day.
In the past week, RIVM was informed that 352 people have died as a result of the infection. That equates to an average of about 50 deaths per day. That is the highest level since March 26, about 9 months ago.
Corona patients continue to flow in to nursing wards
The nursing departments have seen 354 new patients with a corona infection come in over the past 24 hours, according to the most recent figures from the National Coordination Center for Patients Spreading (LCPS). In total, 2624 people with Covid-19 will be in hospitals on Sunday, which is 18 fewer than on Saturday.
There are currently 2069 corona patients in the nursing wards, slightly less than Saturday (2091). This is because more people left the wards than new patients were admitted, for example because they were discharged from hospital or died. It is also possible that patients were transferred to intensive care units.
There are now 555 patients in intensive care, 4 more than in the past 24 hours.
To spread the pressure on hospital care as much as possible, corona patients can be moved from one region to another. The LCPS reports that 16 patients were transferred to a hospital in another region on Saturday. Two patients were also brought to Germany that day. Since this week, a special helicopter has been deployed again for those international movements.