Coronavirus update: new deaths and hospitalisations both drop below 100

The RIVM has published the latest count of coronavirus cases in the Netherlands, and it seems to be good news.

As of now, there are 37,845 confirmed cases, 655 more than yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has reached 10456, an increase of 75 from the last count. There have also been 66 more deaths since yesterday, reaching a total of 4475 deaths.

Although these numbers are encouraging, and do seem to show that the regulations are working, it is also Sunday. Fewer deaths and hospitalisations are reported to the RIVM on these days by hospitals. They are added to the total throughout the week, with Tuesday bringing the previous week up to date completely.

How many people are in ICUs at the moment?

Some good news: the number of people in intensive care related to coronavirus has fallen for the fourteenth day in a row, as of yesterday. The decrease was smaller than usual yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that the general decline is stagnating. According to Ernst Kuipers of the Landelijk Netwerk Acute Zorg, people are released at a slower rate on the weekend from intensive care units.

Coronavirus found in two mink farms in the Netherlands

It had already been proven that ferrets could catch coronavirus from humans, so it’s not really surprising that minks can too. Coronavirus has been discovered on two mink farms in Gemert-Bakel and Laarbeek, according to the RIVM. As employees at the mink farm had symptoms of coronavirus, it’s likely that they passed it onto the animals, but that is not yet proven. As of yet, there are no indications that farm animals can spread coronavirus to humans, the RIVM says.

Now, as all of you good citizens will know, tomorrow is King’s Day. Of course, celebrating the King’s birthday is going to look very different this year, but we’ve still got some cheerful articles that will put you in an orange, blue, white and red mood, and maybe take your mind off the current situation.

7 things you didn’t know about King Willem Alexander

King Willem Alexander has been the Netherlands’ head of state for nearly seven years now, but there’s more to him than “just” being king. From secretly flying KLM planes to having the nickname “Prince Pils” while in university, King Willem Alexander has led an interesting life, that’s for sure.

King Willem Alexander’s flying career

If you’re intrigued by that mention of the Dutch monarch flying KLM planes, and you’re wondering if you’ve ever been on one piloted by the good man himself, we have a whole article about King Willem Alexander’s flying career, detailing the how, the when, and the why.

King Willem Alexander: the highlights

If you want to feel both really patriotic and mildly amused, this is the article for you. We go through some of the highlights of King Willem Alexander’s reign so far, from how he acquired his nickname “Prince Pils” to his wedding day.

Flags in the Netherlands: what you need to know

This weekend, of all weekends in the year, you’ll see a lot of flags flying around the country.  But why are some orange, white and blue, and others red, white and blue? And what’s with the little orange ribbon that is attached to the top of some flags? Here are the details. 

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Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.

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