Coronavirus continues to sweep across the Netherlands and the globe. Here’s up-to-date information, as it happens, on COVID-19 in Holland.

The Netherlands reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on February 27, 2020. Since then, the numbers have rapidly increased.

THE LATEST: Coronavirus update: new Dutch coronavirus cases double in over a week

Ever since July 5, the RIVM is publishing weekly instead of daily updates. They are released every Tuesday from 14:00 on their official website.

Current figures COVID-19: July 28-August 4, 2020

Total confirmed cases of coronavirus  to date:


(+2,588 in last week)

Total deaths in the Netherlands to date


(+6 in last week)

Hospitalisations to date


(+44 in last week)

Last updated: 2:30PM August 4, 2020.

The measures in place appear to be working, following a downward trend.

Note: Each Tuesday, the numbers for the preceding week become accurate. Usually, Tuesdays have the highest numbers of the week because of this. Weekends and public holidays can all cause delays in testing data.

What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?

As of June 1, you can get tested in the Netherlands if you have mild symptoms of coronavirus. You can call this number to get a test: 0800-1202. If you don’t have symptoms, there is no point in getting tested, according to the Ministry for Health. 

If you do have symptoms you should self quarantine. If you have a fever or a cough, you and your housemates should stay home for 72 hours after the symptoms have stopped.


If you have to go outside wear a face mask so you don’t risk infecting other people. If you can have groceries and other essentials delivered or dropped off by friends or family do this.

What measures are currently in place?

New measures were announced May 6 for the gradual reopening of the Netherlands. These include:

From May 11:

  • Primary schools partially reopened with restrictions. Only 50% of students will attend at a time, with students rotating days at home and days at school.
  • Day-care and special primary education could open fully.
  • Contact professions, like orthodontists, hairdressers, and manicurists are allowed again
  • Libraries allowed to reopen.
  • Sports that are played outside and are non-contact can be played again by anyone, including adults.
  • Those with contact professions, teachers, and those who work with children can be tested.

From May 18:

  • Testing opened to more groups, such as police officers and public transport operators.

From June 1

  • High schools reopened with restrictions.
  • Public transport resumed its normal scheduling on June 1, but everyone must wear a face mask.
  • Terraces partially reopened, but clients will need to make a reservation.
  • Museums reopened, but only for pre-purchased tickets — no walk-ins.
  • Theatres and cinemas reopened, but with certain conditions: only 30 people are allowed in the same room, and they must keep 1.5m from each other.
  • Everyone with symptoms able to get a test.

From July 1:

  • Group activities with with an unlimited number of people can take place- under some conditions. These events include weddings, funerals, football matches, and so forth.
    • For indoor activities, the number of attendees is unlimited so long as people are asked about their health before they enter (at what is called a triage), there isn’t any blockage at the entrance, and the 1.5m distance can be observed. If a triage is not possible, the limit remains at 100 people.
    • For outdoor activities, the number of attendees is unlimited so long as there is sufficient space and a triage can be provided. If not, the limit is set at 250 people.
    • Municipalities will have the last say on whether a large event, like a concert or a football match, can go ahead, based on whether they think the event organisers will be able to respect the coronavirus regulations.
  • Camping sites can reopen, and communal showers and toilets can be used again.
  • Gyms, fitness centres, saunas, spas, clubhouses, casinos, and amusement arcades can reopen.
  • Public transport will be open to everyone. It will no longer be reserved for necessary journeys only. All seats will be available once more, and a face mask is still necessary.
  • High schools can reopen. Students do not need to keep a 1.5m distance from each other, but the distance rule still remains in place for teachers and other adult staff members.
  • Sex workers can go back to work.
  • Gyms can reopen, with 1.5m distance.

From September 1:

  • A decision will be made about whether festivals and other public gatherings can continue on this date.


  • No groups larger than three people in public spaces.
  • Ensuring a minimum distance 1.5 metres away from other people where possible, including supermarkets.
  • Encouraging people to work from home.
  • Those in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and immune-compromised people, to avoid gatherings and public transport.

What can I do to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands?

It’s not just up to the government: we all need to do our share to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. Here are some tips for how you can help out:

  • Avoid crowded areas,
  • keep a safe distance from other people and when outside,
  • avoid touching your face, especially the T-area where your nose and eyes are.
  • If coughing or sneezing, do so in your elbows.
  • Avoid handshakes and kissing people three times on the cheeks.

Should I avoid public transport in the Netherlands because of COVID-19?

Virologists suggest that you should be extra vigilant about taking public transport.

If you really need to go somewhere, then take public transport. Just make sure you stay at a safe distance from other people, that you do not touch your face after touching objects outside (such as handles in the tram), and that you wash your hands with soap as soon as you get back home. As of June 1 a face mask is compulsory on public transport.

If you’re in a risk group, don’t take public transport. And of course, if you’re sick just stay at home.

I’m stressed about coronavirus in the Netherlands, help!

While the coronavirus is something to be taken seriously, there is also no need to overreact, panic excessively or compulsively buy toilet paper.

Odds are that even if you do get the coronavirus, you will not die, nor will you have a severe form of it. So unless you are very old, have a bad immune system or already have dangerous pre-existing conditions, you will probably not have a terrible case.

In fact, statistically, the majority of people don’t need hospitalisation and fully recover. But, we’ve all experienced bad cases of the anxieties before, so we prepared a nice little coronavirus anti-anxiety fact list to ease your nerves.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19 from the officials?

The official source for information on coronavirus in the Netherlands is RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).

The most up to date information can be found on the RIVM website. This article is also constantly updated with the most current information.

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  1. According to several respected sites (, which get their information directly from the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health
    and the Environment, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport), the rate of recovery in the Netherlands is far lower than any other country. While I have heard that this is due to the Dutch reporting methods, it still does not explain this: Cases which had an outcome: 437; Recovered: 3; Deaths: 434. Are we really experiencing a 99% death rate for this virus?

    • ‘Outcome’ presumably refers to either death or recovery. In other words, there are many people infected who have not yet ‘made it out’ either way. But the great majority will recover. That seems to be the difference in the reporting method.

    • I follow the same site and I’ve been wondering something similar since almost 3 weeks ago and that is the difference in cases vs mortality in NL compared to Belgium and Germany. I also asked in Quora NL about it (
      Nowadays, if you want to talk about it percentage-wise, it comes down to amount of testing and ICU beds (Germany has 29.2 per 100.000 inhabitants and the Netherlands only 6.4) and GE still tests as much as possible and NL, already for almost 2 weeks, mainly the very sick and very old. Also, to my knowledge -I’ve lived in this country for 31 years), the healthcare system here is subpar to Germany and Belgium (I’ve chosen from the beginning to compare NL to its neighbours since there should be more similarities than discrepancies, you would think). Two times I have had to go back to my own country (Chile) for testing and treatment since my own experience here is that they are behind not only in knowledge about medicine but also equipment.
      And what I read recently about doctors thinking about asking older corona patients if they want care in a hospital or at home…that’s basically asking them if they rather stay home and just die since they are old and ill. They do stretch the meaning of palliative care in this country, I saw this with my father in law couple years ago. They were very eager to put him out of misery instead of trying treatment, he was not even 80.
      So…now trying to answer your questions. They don’t really track the people that recover, but that’s sloppy if people have been treated in a hospital (don’t they keep track of the people discharged?). The ratio cases/deaths is high due to minimal testing and testing only critical cases (leaving aside hospital staff). But on the other hand GE has almost 84 million people, NL little over 17 million. GE has 433 deaths at this moment, NL has 639….think about that.

  2. I do not think keeping takeaway shops open is such a good idea, netherlands is one of the countries with quite a few deaths, even though its not as bad as italy or spain, it can get out of control really quickly.

  3. In fact during the next weeks you´ll see the big expansion of Corono Virus in the Netherlands. It´s a question of time. Soon I will eat my shit words about European Southern countries.

  4. I must be the unluckiest person in the Netherlands because in my neighbourhood not even 10% of Dutch people keep the official 1.5 m safe distance. The aforementioned 99% sounds like a joke (or a dream, it depends on the point of view). Dutch people are unaware of the situation. I keep seeing groups gathering, birthday celebrations with more than 10 children together and the corresponding number of parents… I guess this is a government’s trick to clean up the economy by eliminating the elderly.

  5. Unlike Dani’s comment. I feel that the Dutch People are keeping there distance here in Soesterberg in the Netherlands. Although very young children have been seen playing together in neighborhood playgrounds, this seems to have been rectified.
    We have to keep business going with a mitigated risk as well as isolating those who are subject to heightened mortality! The problem with the UK and America is that they just don’t have the Medical resources to cope with the onslaught. The Netherlands is nearing capacity, but thing are no were near exponentially increasing and it’s become more linear in the last few days.
    So we don’t need to be so critical of the Netherlands, they are rule breaker (Just don’t be rule breaker i there society 😉 ) and they are well educated in statistics and science!

  6. Recoveries are there, but they are not centrally registered and therefore not reported. Individual hospitals do however and they report them, mostly daily to personnel. Hotspot Amphia hospital in Breda reported at a certain day cumulative 34 corona deaths and 109 recovered. So that is better.

    As far as Germany goes, they choose for much wider testing, so had many more cases reported, but also many with few symptoms. As Germans are very good at registering they reported also the very many recoveries of light cases. As Ge now has many more more severe cases, their number of deaths has now overtaken that of the Netherlands. In time their numbers will increass more, reflecting the size of their bigger population.

    Last factor, coronadeaths where corona was not tested do not count as corona deaths. Statistical analysis of deaths in march till now suggest a doubling of reported corona deaths is likely.

  7. What sort of lockdown are we in!!
    Live in Enschede where you can still go clothes shopping, shoe shopping, even underwear shopping and plenty more
    They pass you a wipe from a cheap pack
    Where the shops are full of people
    Even Germans. (Lockdown)
    They even set up the small market stall yesterday fml
    Dutch are not on no lockdown…
    one thing thou. 3 people or more in the car you get slapped with a 400 euro fine
    Says it all about what the Dutch government is doing ( all about the money)

  8. I live in Koudekerk aan den Rijn (near Leiden). I phoned the doctor 3 weeks and 2 days ago. The bottom line was: “No fever, no dangerously short breath… no appointment, no test”.

    I went through hell since then. Strange that I never had a fever, but the list of symptoms was/is as follows: Chills (like a fever, but not a fever), Sore throat comes and goes, Dry cough (but not a constant cough), Severe muscle/joint pains (and what felt for like deep abdomen and lung pain for almost 3 weeks), Dizziness, and of course very weak.

    Never more than 2 symptoms at one time; most all symptoms have passed except for the severe muscle/joint pain the past 4 days. Barely a cough now. Improvement every day for the past 3 days. I am told it is possible once this pain goes away I may be in the clear.

    My point is not to complain about my experience — but to say this: If I was not allowed to see the doctor, and not allowed to be tested… then the statistics must be way off the mark! There must be literally THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE UNACCOUNTED FOR AND SIMPLY STAYED HOME AND SUFFERED THROUGH IT. Hopefully surviving it.

    But not being allowed the opportunity to be tested not only seems like a senseless health risk… but grossly unfair to those of us isolated from our families, especially the children. How many were not positive for Covid-19 yet were/are separated from their loved ones??

  9. Article keeps using some statistics but it really doesn’t seem to match reality. There are people drinking wine together in groups on canals and parties held between neighbours. When I once saw a police van going past a group of 8 students sitting together at one big table I thought they were all going to be fined. Instead, the police didn’t even slow down.
    This situation is just an opportunity for the Dutch government to kill off those whose financial input is already done. My friend’s 70y.o. father who was in hospital and had signed a form asking to be resuscitated, the next day received a call from his own GP informing the family that with all in mind, he overruled that signature..
    This is not a country of compassion but paracetamol induced incredible indifference.

    • I couldn’t agree more. I have to add, that even allowing fewer people in the supermarkets is not the solution. The most dangerous people are the supermarket employees. Yes, they wear a nice t-shirt that says “keep a 1.5 m distance”, but they are the first that walk close to customers all the time. In conclusion, Dutch people are terrible at following rules or they just think that 30-40 cm is 1.5 m. The only solution is a better upbringing, but that takes years.

  10. Why have the Dutch stopped reporting their “Recovered” data?
    Probably the most important metric.
    I seem to think that this was was reported daily until recently.
    Why the change?

  11. This country has a much higher death rate than most other countries, even those with a lesser developed health system. Why is it so bad??


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