Netherlands logs highest number of COVID-19 cases since December

Happy Monday morning all — or is it? We have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad: on Friday, the Netherlands recorded 10,306 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours. The good news? This number dropped slightly to 9,398 between Saturday and Sunday morning.

Ok, let’s face it, when it comes to coronavirus in the Netherlands, there isn’t a lot of good news at the moment. In fact, the number of infections has increased eightfold in just one week. 😬

Even the slight (very slight) decline in numbers isn’t for certain. Typically fewer people are tested on the weekends and even the RIVM is warning that the dip is not explained by a drop in infections, but actually due to a backlog in the registration of cases.

Highest number of cases since Christmas

It may be feeling a bit balmy but we need to imagine we’re back in winter. On Friday, the Netherlands’ infection numbers reached a record high — the highest number of cases since December 25.

This is no surprise given that positive cases increased by 500% in the space of one week. The week before last, the country logged 5,846 coronavirus infections. After a week of Dancin’ with Janssen and botched or hacked entry test results, this number rose to a total of 39,410 infections.

While the RIVM has seen an increase in the number of people getting tested, they’ve also logged a significant increase in the percentage of positive tests. Last week, 3% of tests carried out by the GGD were positive — this week, it’s 14%.

Luckily, as of yet, the number of deaths from coronavirus in the Netherlands has not yet risen. In the past 24 hours, the RIVM has not logged any deaths due to the virus.

Amsterdam among the worst affected

Another thing to be thankful for is that under the latest restrictions, clubs have officially closed their doors once again. However, they have certainly left their mark — especially in Amsterdam.

Yesterday, the city broke its record for the highest number of coronavirus cases in one day with 1,328 new infections registered. Rotterdam and Groningen also logged a significant amount yesterday with 553 positive cases found in each city. This was followed by 480 in Utrecht and 302 in The Hague.

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Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


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