Coronavirus update: highest mortality count reported so far with 234 new deaths

The RIVM has just released the newest coronavirus statistics. There are 777 new reported cases, bringing the total to 19,580. In addition, there are 234 new reported deaths. The total number of deaths in the Netherlands is now 2,101. 

In terms of new reported infections, the number is less than yesterday’s count (new infections yesterday were 952). However, the mortality rate is over twice that of yesterday, which was 101. This number is also the highest by far — the highest previous report was on April 2, with 154.

The number of hospital admissions reported today is 292, bringing the total to 7,427.

However, RIVM warns that the number can be misinterpreted because not all of these occurred in the past 24-hours. “On Tuesdays, the number of notifications has consistently been the highest of the week,” they explained. “This can be explained by the fact that many of the deaths and admissions are processed and reported on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Monday.”

Previous downward trend in growth rate for ICU patients

Until today, the Netherlands was experiencing a downward trend in ICU patients over past few days. According to the RIVM’s figures, the increase of ICU patients from the day before on Thursday was 82, the next day it was 51 more than the day before, on Saturday it was 26, Sunday 25 and yesterday the number was 24.

Today the change between yesterday (260) and today (292) is 32. Nonetheless the number isn’t growing exponentially. Dutch hospitals have not as yet reached their full capacity for ICU patients. However, caution should still be taken.

Boris Johnson hospitalised, Prime Minister Mark Rutte wishes him well on Twitter

Yesterday, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care after suffering from severe symptoms of coronavirus. Well-wishers, including the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, took to Twitter to share some kind words.

He tweeted: “On behalf of the Dutch cabinet, I wish @Boris Johnson and the British people strength during this time. I hope to speak to him soon in good health.

We too, wish Johnson, the rest of the UK and other parts of the world all the best during this difficult time.

Coronavirus emojis invented by two Dutchies in quarantine

Spending so much time at home can be an opportunity to get creative — and that’s what two inventive Dutchies did while self-isolating at home.

Esther and Joran were stuck in quarantine when inspiration struck: “Why not make some coronavirus emojis?” And so they did. Their creations have already proven successful.

The emoticons gained traction not only in the Netherlands but abroad as well. They have been downloaded many times in the United States, but also in China.

And finally…

Be sure to check out our guide on coronavirus for any questions/comments/concerns you might have about the virus in the Netherlands.

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Vedika Luthra
Vedika was born in India, raised in Poland and moved to the Netherlands to study. Like her nationality, she’s confused about what she likes most, which is why her bachelor’s degree was in liberal arts and sciences. She enjoys writing about all things food-related but likes to mix it up every now and then.


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