The number of people in the Netherlands who died from the consequences of the coronavirus has increased by 93 to 864. In addition, 507 new patients have been admitted to hospital because of the virus, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reports Monday in the daily update.
The number of hospital admissions is used by RIVM and the health experts from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) as a gauge to see whether the measures taken against the coronavirus have an effect.
The new figures from RIVM do not relate to the actual increase in the number of hospital admissions and deaths. It only concerns the reports that have been received by the institute. So there may be a delay.
More than a thousand corona patients on Dutch ICs
The number of patients on Dutch intensive care units (ICs) passed the thousand on Monday morning. According to the latest figures from the National Intensive Care Evaluation (NICE), there are 1,053 (possible) corona patients on the ICUs.
Coronavirus has been diagnosed in 995 of these patients. In the rest, an infection is suspected. To be on the safe side, these patients are treated as if they have the virus.
NICE's figures are provided by the ICs themselves and are updated several times a day.
Without measures, the number of patients would increase faster
According to the RIVM, the number of deaths and the number of hospital admissions are increasing "less rapidly than you would expect without measures". There is already careful talk about a flattening of the number of hospital admissions and deaths. The institute will be able to conclude in a few days whether the measures are working properly and whether there is actually a leveling-off.
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The coronavirus in short
- The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
- You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
- An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
- The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
- Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
- Read here what precautions you should take.