NL – On Sunday, the public health agency RIVM reported 5,407 new cases of SARS-CoV-2. This is an eleven percent drop compared to the day before but only a one percent decrease compared to last Sunday. After days of volatility, we are back to where we were one week ago.
The seven-day average of new coronavirus infections was 5,289 during the past week. The total number of Covid-19 cases were 32,147, this is a mere three percent decrease compared to last week.
Amsterdam (329), Rotterdam (275), and The Hague (124) continue to be the three cities with the highest infection rates. All three cities saw a decline in cases compared to the day before, however, the numbers in Amsterdam mark a 20 percent increase compared to the same time last week. On Saturday, Utrecht reported a substantial drop in cases, however, on Sunday the number of infections jumped back to 107 cases, a 55 percent increase.
Death rates across the country continue to drop. On Sunday, the RIVM reported 21 deaths. This is a 56 percent drop compared to Saturday and a 53 percent decrease compared to the same time last week. During the past week, an average 59 Covid-related deaths were reported on a daily basis.
Hospitals reported ambivalent results on Sunday. While the number of patients in intensive care continues to drop, the number of regular patients has gone up. The patient coordination office, LCPS, reported that 540 patients were placed in IC units, 10 fewer than Friday. 1,393 non-ICU patients were admitted, 41 more compared to the previous day.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 patients to 1,933, a 1.6 percent increase versus the day before. On average over the past week, the number of coronavirus hospitalizations has dropped by 1.1 percent.
While the number of deaths and hospitalizations has been in decline, the daily number of infections has seen minimal changes compared to last week. Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, expressed his concerns for these developments.
In a digital meeting with the VVD on Saturday, he said that more freedom of movement around the holidays might not be an option if the number of corona infections continues to rise.
He continues to urge people to comply with all regulations. “Then maybe something can be done again in December, and maybe things will look up for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.”