Weekly update: mirco drop in infections, will it be enough to open the terraces in a month?

The RIVM has launched its weekly coronavirus figures for the interval of March 2 to March 9. The variety of infections has fallen barely in comparison with the earlier week.

The curfew which has been in place within the Netherlands since January 23 has been prolonged till March 30. Nonetheless,  sure different smaller measures have been relaxed.

In a press convention final night time, these relaxations had been introduced by the Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Minister of Well being Hugo de Jonge. Most notably, De Jonge introduced that terraces may open by Easter if the R charge drops sufficiently.

New variety of infections

Over the previous week, the RIVM reported 31,959 new infections within the Netherlands. It is a small lower in comparison with the earlier week’s variety of 31,984 new infections. However a whopping 14% extra folks received examined, so the variety of constructive assessments really dropped: 8,1% this week in comparison with 8,9% final week. The RIVM calls this factor since extra folks with corona will now be detected and keep dwelling.


The variety of sufferers who’ve died from COVID-19-related issues has additionally decreased. This week 269 folks handed away, in comparison with 309 folks the earlier week.


Hospitalisations are happening, nonetheless, the variety of admissions to the ICU has gone up barely. The previous week noticed 1,145 new admissions to the nursing ward and 271 new sufferers within the ICU. The week earlier than, there have been 1,191 and 223, respectively.

The Dutch authorities stays involved over the brand new variants of coronavirus in addition to the third wave of infections, but some measures have been relaxed.

Extra sports activities and purchasing

In final night time’s press convention, Rutte introduced that outlets can admit extra prospects per day, these over 27 can play group sports activities, and youngsters’s swimming classes can resume.

On March 16, outlets are can be allowed to have 1 individual of their retailer per 25m2 of area. Which means a number of folks could also be allowed on one ground at any given time so long as they’ll have 25m2 of area every. There’s a most of fifty folks although.

Curfew prolonged

The avondklok has been prolonged till March 30. There’s an exception for the Dutch common election so the votes might be counted.

Election day is March 17, however some voters are capable of solid their poll on March 15 and 16, so these 3 days, there may even be a suspension of the curfew for these working on the polls or these getting back from voting.

Journey ban on the UK lifted

The ban on flights and ferries coming in from the UK can be lifted tonight at midnight. The Ministry of Well being has mentioned that the British variant of the virus already unfold within the Netherlands at an extent to which the journey ban is now not useful.

Whereas the ban on flights between the UK and Cape Verde have been lifted. The present ban on flights between the Netherlands and South Africa and a few nations in South America has been prolonged.

First jabs by July?

Final night time, Minister of Well being, Hugo de Jonge, claimed as soon as once more that any grownup within the Netherlands can obtain their first dose of the vaccine by July if all goes properly when it comes to supply.

He has additionally mentioned the Dutch authorities is investigating the concept of solely giving one dose of the vaccination to those that have had coronavirus signs. Nonetheless, extra analysis is required on this space.

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