Weekly update: the Netherlands to turn dark red on the map

The RIVM has launched its weekly coronavirus figures from July 13 to July 20. The variety of infections has risen exponentially in comparison with the earlier week. Well being Minister Hugo de Jonge predicts that the Netherlands will change into a darkish crimson nation on the EU map.

Over the previous week, the RIVM reported 69,731 new infections within the Netherlands. This is a rise in comparison with the earlier week’s variety of 51,957 new infections. The share of optimistic exams rose to 14.1% in comparison with 13.4% the week earlier than.

Deaths

The variety of sufferers who’ve died from COVID-19-related problems has gone up barely. This week 14 folks handed away, in comparison with 11 folks the earlier week.

Hospitalisations

Hospitalisations, in addition to the variety of admissions to the ICU, have additionally elevated. The previous week noticed 205 new admissions to the nursing ward and 31 new sufferers within the ICU. The week earlier than, there have been 85 and 12, respectively.

The Netherlands to show darkish crimson

Final week, the ECDC labelled the Netherlands as crimson on their map of high-risk nations. This was as a result of excessive variety of coronavirus instances, reaching over 300 infections for each 100,000 inhabitants.

In a press convention final night time, De Jonge predicted that when the ECDC updates the map on Thursday, the nation will transfer to the severest color code — darkish crimson. That is when there are greater than 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. This alteration in color code might imply tighter restrictions on travellers coming from the Netherlands.

Earlier than this announcement, a number of journey firms had cancelled holidays to the Balearic and Canary Islands. This was in anticipation of the Spanish islands being labelled code orange.

Eating places shut because of staffing points

This has been a troublesome time for the service business, and it’s not getting any simpler. Many cafes and eating places within the Netherlands have been pressured to shut their doorways because of a scarcity of employees. The HORECA business has been hit onerous by coronavirus, many staff being contaminated or having to quarantine after being in touch with somebody who has examined optimistic.

Second vaccination with out an appointment?

This weekend, phrase unfold on social media that you can jump over the GGD for a second jab for a walk-in appointment. It seems this was a misunderstanding. After queues fashioned at various vaccination websites throughout the Netherlands, the GGD confirmed that it was solely potential to get your first jab with out an appointment.

The excellent news is that you just now solely have to attend 4 weeks between your first and second shot, slightly than 5.

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