Red-orange-red: the Netherlands’ warning level due to go up on the European coronavirus map

Just last week, the Netherlands was downgraded from red to orange on the European coronavirus map. However, in the past week, there’s been a significant increase in infections. You know what that means right? We’re going red again. 🚩

Throughout September, and pretty much for as long as we can remember actually, the whole of the Netherlands has been red. Last week, however, the Netherlands turned orange — we all love orange, don’t we? 🍊 It was even predicted that certain provinces could turn green — the lowest warning colour.

If that all felt a little too good to be true, that’s probably because it was. This week the RIVM’s official coronavirus figures showed a huge increase from last week, meaning that no provinces will be going green — wat jammer. In fact, if more than 4% of the tests taken this week are positive, the Netherlands will be going right back to red again, RTL Nieuws reports.

A coronavirus fire in Limburg

The biggest coronavirus hotspot is currently in Limburg. In the past two calendar weeks, approximately 2,250 residents of the province have tested positive. 😳 Don’t get us wrong, being positive is great, just not in this way… That equates to 201 cases in every 100,000 people.

Too much studentenleven in Utrecht

Meanwhile, the province of Utrecht recorded 2,635 positive tests. That means that in the past two weeks, 199,7 out of every 100,000 Utrechters has had the ronas. Basically, Utrecht is sitting just below the line between orange and red. If an additional four cases had been recorded, Utrecht would also have turned red. ⛔️

Which province is rising the fastest?

Currently, Overijssel’s case numbers are rising the fastest. More than 1,950 people have tested positive there in the past two weeks. That’s almost 38% more than what the map said when it was changed last week. In Gelderland, the number of positive tests has also increased by 35%, and In Drenthe by 30%.

What are your thoughts on the Netherlands going red again? Tell us in the comments below!

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Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
An avid tea drinker, Jen was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She moved to Utrecht in 2017 to pursue her history degree. She loves people-watching, canoeing the Utrecht canals, and observing how the Dutch come alive in summer. Having been traumatised by a Dutch circle party, Jen wants to help equip other internationals with tips and tricks to survive and thrive in this wonderful flat country.


  1. Use common sense. If it’s spread from person to person, well, then avoid groups of people and be sure to wear a mask. The problem is that the minute the pandemic goes down a little, everyone is eager to do just as if things are normal. Why not wait as long as it takes to live by the guidelines necessary to get this virus to a manageable level, even if it takes some time. Is it really going to kill anyone to not “party” even if it takes 6 months or longer? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is completely stupid, in my humble opinion. And oh yeah! And get vaccinated.


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