Weekly update: infections, deaths and hospitalisations drop as hoped

The RIVM has launched its weekly coronavirus figures from Could 12 to Could 18. The variety of infections has dropped in comparison with the earlier week.

Over the previous week, the RIVM reported 35,142 new infections within the Netherlands. This can be a lower in comparison with the earlier week’s variety of 47,108 new infections. The proportion of constructive assessments went as much as 12.2% in comparison with 12.3% the week earlier than.


The variety of sufferers who’ve died from COVID-19-related problems has gone down. This week 90 individuals handed away, in comparison with 164 individuals the earlier week.


Hospitalisations, in addition to the variety of admissions to the ICU, have decreased. The previous week noticed 1,152 new admissions to the nursing ward and 239 new sufferers within the ICU. The week earlier than, there have been 1,458 and 313 respectively. This can be a drop of over 20% — a quantity that was required for the federal government to permit additional relaxations.

Relaxations as of tomorrow

The subsequent set of relaxations will come into impact tomorrow, Could 19. These embody prolonged opening hours for terraces, from 6 AM till 8 PM. As well as, zoos, amusement parks, and performing arts venues will probably be allowed to reopen in open-air environments.

Extra relaxations may even be launched for indoor places for creative and cultural actions, in addition to sports activities — adults will have the ability to train exterior in a crew, and gymnasiums will reopen with appointment slots. 

Large demand for leftover vaccines

Since Prullenbakvaccin.nl — a web site that allows you to know the place yow will discover websites with leftover vaccines — launched final week, it has been inundated with visitors. It acquired over a million visits within the first few days, and tons of of individuals queued on the first registered places.

The primary GP surgical procedure to be registered acquired so many calls on the primary day that the builders needed to prohibit the variety of websites and their particulars. Now you may solely see GPs surgical procedures with leftover vaccines inside 20 km of your location. Some Dutch medical doctors expressed that they weren’t involved by the excessive visitors because it demonstrates simply how many individuals within the Netherlands need to be vaccinated.

Paying for PCR assessments

Regardless of the EU Fee proposing that PCR coronavirus assessments wanted earlier than you journey ought to be free, the Netherlands disagrees. Occurring vacation has been potential since Saturday, and anybody jet setting has to finish a PCR take a look at earlier than travelling. At the moment, a industrial PCR take a look at can usually set you again over €100.

Nonetheless, the Netherlands is not going to have the ability to veto the choice of the EU. If the vast majority of the EU member states vote in favour of free PCR testing, the Netherlands must observe swimsuit.

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