Weekly update: infections are down and small festivals are back

The RIVM has released its weekly coronavirus figures from July 27 to August 3. The number of infections has decreased significantly compared to the previous week.

Over the past week, the RIVM reported 21,005 new infections in the Netherlands. This is a noticeable decrease compared to the previous week’s number of 37,343 new infections. The percentage of positive tests decreased to 12.4% compared to 13.6% the week before.


The number of patients who have died from COVID-19-related complications has gone up slightly. This week, 28 people passed away, compared to 21 people the previous week.


Hospitalisations decreased last week, although the number of admissions to the ICU increased. The past week saw 541 new admissions to the nursing ward and 130 new patients in the ICU. The week before, there were 564 and 115, respectively.

England ends quarantine for travellers from the Netherlands

The UK government has announced new travel protocols in which people travelling from orange and green countries in Europe, and the US will no longer have to go into mandatory quarantine. The new regulations came into effect on Monday, August 2, ending what has been a strict mandatory quarantine.

People travelling to England will still have to take a coronavirus test a maximum of three days before departure (even those who are fully vaccinated). A further PCR test will be required on the second day of your stay.

Over 1,000 people infected at festival after 130 positive cases allowed entrance

A staggering 1,100 people tested positive for coronavirus after attending the techno festival Verknipt on July 3 and 4. An investigation by the GGD concluded that this was not a “superspreader” event. Rather, it is suspected that 130 people who were already infected were able to attend the event. This has raised questions about why so many people who were infected with coronavirus were able to attend a festival with access testing.

The festival was attended by 20,000 people in total.

One day festivals are back!

The cabinet has announced that small outdoor festivals which don’t involve overnight stays will be able to start up again from August 14. The festivals will be able to proceed under strict conditions.

No more than 750 people will be able to attend each event. In addition, the festivals will need to be outdoors, or in a tent that is open on four sides. Festival-goers will have to show proof of being fully vaccinated, a negative test was taken within 24 hours, or proof of having been infected in the past six months — using the CoronaCheck app.

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Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
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.


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