Delta variant to blame for over 40% of positive COVID-19 cases in Amsterdam

As news came in yesterday that it’s spreading through Rotterdam, the formerly named “Indian variant” is now making its way through the capital.

The variant appears to be spreading quickly. A sample of the GGD found an increase from 7% of the infection cases in Amsterdam to over 40% in just two weeks. This new strain of coronavirus is mostly found in young people. “They come back from vacation and take the virus with them,” a GGD spokesperson tells the NOS.

The overall number of cases of coronavirus are still falling in the capital, but slower than before. In the past week, there were an average of 55 cases registered per day in Amsterdam.

Delta variant across the Netherlands

The RIVM estimated that almost 10% of all coronavirus infections in major Dutch cities are caused by the delta variant, according to the outgoing health minister, Hugo de Jonge.

The increase of cases in Amsterdam is an indicator of how other cities may fair. A spokesperson for the Amsterdam Municipal Health Services said “Amsterdam and other large cities were also a kind of precursor for the rest of the country in other variants.”

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Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧http://globeshuffler.wordpress.com
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.

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