New daily infections up 76% in just one week in the Netherlands

Yesterday, 7,134 new daily coronavirus cases were reported by the RIVM. Over the past week, that number has risen sharply. On December 1, the number of daily cases was 4,056 — a 76% rise in new daily infections in just one week.

In the past six days, 36,600 new positive tests were registered — a figure that already exceeds the previous week’s new cases, reports NU.

From November 25 to December 1, the RIVM reported 33,949 positive coronavirus tests.

This afternoon, the RIVM will give its weekly coronavirus update. Today’s figures are expected to contribute to a weekly sum high enough to arguably be considered the “third wave”.

Hospitals stay busy

With the increase in new cases, it’s no surprise that hospitals admissions haven’t slowed either. Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network of Acute Care (LNAZ), says they likely won’t any time soon.

Hospitals are now treating 1,660 coronavirus patients, a total that Kuipers expects to increase in the coming weeks. He doesn’t see much sense in relaxing the measures for Christmas. “I am wary of any form of relaxation when you consider the large number of infections and the influx into hospitals.”

Testing without complaints

The RIVM explains that the number of new positive tests could perhaps correlate with the new availability of testing for people without complaints.

Since December 1, anyone who receives a notification from the GGD or CoronaMelder app that they’ve been in contact with a person infected with the virus can receive a test.

What do you make of the increase in coronavirus cases? Would you consider this to be a third wave? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Feature Image: ©Valerii Honcharuk/

Brin Andrews
Brin Andrews
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.


  1. During the same period has the number of people tested per day remained constant or has the number also risen by a similar percentage as the number of cases?


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