Weekly coronavirus update: number of new cases almost doubles

The RIVM has published the latest weekly update on coronavirus in the Netherlands.

The update brings bad news this week: the number of coronavirus cases has almost doubled, compared to last week. The RIVM reports that 987 people have tested positive for coronavirus this week, in comparison to 534 last week.

This week, the RIVM reports that 19 people have been hospitalised as a result of coronavirus, and are now receiving medical care. That is an increase of three people, compared to last week.

Unfortunately, the virus continues to cause casualties. Since last week, seven more people have passed away. Last week, eight people died as a result of coronavirus, so we’re seeing a slight decrease here.

Overall, the increase of new cases this week is bad news for the Netherlands. It should be “a wake up call” for the government, according to Aura Timen from the Center for National Coordination of Infectious Disease Control.

Coronavirus vaccine purchased by the Netherlands appears to be safe and working

A vaccine developed by the University of Oxford had human trials, and the results so far suggest that it is safe for human use and that it’s working.

The vaccine helps the body develop antibodies and T cells that help tackle coronavirus. Researchers have nevertheless stressed that it’s still too early to determine if the vaccine provides adequate protection against the virus. By the end of the year, the researchers hope to know for sure if the vaccine is effective or not.

A million coronavirus tests remain unused in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has one million tests for detecting coronavirus that have not yet been used. Of the 1.5 million tests that are available, only half a million were used.

When widespread testing became available on 1 June, it was believed that more people would go out to get tests. However, the maximum daily capacity of 30,000 tests per day was never reached.

Experts are currently debating what to do with all of the unused tests. No matter the case, the RIVM is preparing an expanded testing capacity of 100,000 tests for autumn, when many people will have colds.

Follow DutchReview on Facebook for the latest news in the Netherlands.

Feature Image: DutchReview/Canva

 

 

Vlad Moca-Grama
Vlad Moca-Grama
Vlad was born and raised in Brasov, Romania and came to the Hague to study. When he isn't spending time missing mountains or complaining about the lack of urban exploration locations in the Netherlands, you can find him writing at Dutch Review.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

Over 45,000 Dutchies have signed up for a trial holiday to Gran Canaria — despite only 180 places available

It's clear that here in the Netherlands, people are ready for a holiday. So much so that an upcoming trial vacation to Gran Canaria...

10,000 people will gather for this King’s Day event; now 300,000 people are petitioning against it

As the excitement about King’s Day grows stronger, so do the concerns about the upcoming trial coronavirus events in the Netherlands. In Breda, these...

11 of the best apps to have as an international in the Netherlands

Life in the Netherlands as an international is pretty great — but armed with these top apps it can be even better.  Check out these...
X