Downward trend in growth rate for ICU patients

When it comes to the growth rate of ICU admissions, there has been somewhat of a downward trend in the 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.

Downward trend

This shows a downward trend in the growth rate, according to NOS. “If this continues, I’ll be very optimistic,” says Diederik Gommers, the chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care. Gommers notes, however, that the number could easily rise again— It takes two weeks for a peak in the admittance of patients.

According to Ernst Kuipers of the Landelijk Netwerk Acute Zorg, credit has to be given to the Dutch population since social distancing measures are being adhered to fairly well. And this should continue.

When to be optimistic

Recent days have shown something to be hopeful about. Furthermore, Dutch hospitals have not as yet reached their full capacity for ICU patients. Nonetheless, caution should still be taken. There are still a large number of coronavirus patients in hospitals.
According to Gommers, we can only really relax once the numbers begin to fall in terms of coronavirus cases and there is no increase in the number of admittances, only a decrease.
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Vedika Luthra
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.


  1. I don’t understand the graph included in the article. Are you implying that we’re nearing zero on all three metrics? Although the numbers have shown a downward trend in the last few days, they’re no where near zero. Why would you include such a misleading graph? I don’t understand the x and y axis. Along the x-axis, is it a repeat of “2020”? Along the y-axis, what is 20, 40, 60? Is it where we hope to be in a few weeks? Then, clearly state that. And, please address the reports that some 70 ICU Covid-19 patients went to Germany. You state that NL hasn’t reached capacity. Why did patients go to Germany for treatment? Per your bio, if you want to sometimes ‘mix it up’ and not write about food, maybe don’t write about a pandemic. Apologies for being so harsh, but people are dying.


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