Weekly update: we’re headed in the right direction

The RIVM has released its weekly coronavirus figures from August 4 to August 10. The number of infections has decreased compared to the previous week.

We can all breathe a tentative sigh of relief, as coronavirus infection numbers have continued to drop throughout the Netherlands this week.

The RIVM has reported 18,048 new infections in the Netherlands. This is a drop compared to last week’s report of 21,005 new infections. The percentage of positive tests increased to 12.9% compared to 12.4% the week before.

Deaths

The number of patients who have died from COVID-19-related complications has gone up. This week, 46 people passed away, compared to 28 people the previous week.

Hospitalisations

Hospitalisations have continued to decrease with the number of admissions to the ICU also decreasing. The past week saw 421 new admissions to the nursing ward and 115 new patients in the ICU. The week before, there were 573 and 132, respectively.

Vaccination centres beginning to close

Several XL vaccination centres in the Netherlands will begin to shut their doors this month due to a lack of demand. This month, many residents of the Netherlands will be fully vaccinated, meaning the sites are no longer necessary — hurrah!

According to the NOS, a whopping 8.7 million people have now been fully vaccinated with a further 3.6 million who have been partially vaccinated.

Dutch government offers free self tests

As of today, the Dutch government will be offering two free self-tests per household. You can expect to receive a letter from the Ministry of Health with more information.

You can register for your free tests on Zelftestenbestellen.nl, where you can input the unique code at the top of your letter. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on the letter which will take you directly to the website.

The Dutch government has brought in this initiative to encourage households to self-test during the holiday period — you get a test, you get a test, and you get a test!

Checks in foreign airports not watertight

As of this weekend, travellers returning to the Netherlands must show proof of vaccination or a negative test certificate.

However, spot checks at Eindhoven Airport revealed that some people managed to make it to the Netherlands without sufficient evidence, the NOS reports.

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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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