The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) publishes an overview of figures on the corona crisis in the Netherlands every day. NU.nl brings together the most figures that are now known (Friday 22 May) in five graphs.

Smallest number of hospital admissions since daily RIVM update

On Friday, RIVM reports 'only' nine new hospital admissions: the smallest number since the institute started reporting these in the daily updates, mid-March. The number of new deaths is also relatively low at thirteen.

The numbers for this Thursday may have been influenced by Ascension Day. Many agencies then work with weekend schedules, and the low staffing means that RIVM later receives reports of deaths and admissions than usual. Last week, RIVM reported 35 admissions and 53 deaths.

A total of 11,649 persons were or have been hospitalized. 5,788 Dutch died from the consequences of the coronavirus.

Since 8 May, RIVM only lists new hospital admissions in which the admission members are the coronavirus. Patients who are admitted for another reason and who also appear to have COVID-19 during a screening are only added to the total number of reports of hospital admissions.

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Next week 'only' 150 IC patients are expected

The number of Dutch corona patients in intensive care (IC) has fallen further to 252, according to figures from the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). It is a decrease of three patients compared to Thursday. One Dutch person is still treated in Germany.

Chairman Ernst Kuipers of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ) expects the decline to continue further next week, to a number of around 150.

The number of non-corona patients in ICU departments has fallen below 500. In total, this concerns 481 Dutch people, compared to 527 on Thursday.

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The provinces of South and North Holland, North Brabant, Gelderland and Limburg were the hardest hit

Gelderland, Limburg, North Brabant and South and North Holland still have the most number of infections and hospital admissions.

The map below shows the total number of hospital admissions per 100,000 inhabitants per municipality, especially East Brabant and North Limburg appear to be the most affected.

The data per municipality appears when you click on a municipality in the map or enter the name of the municipality in the search bar.

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Six in ten deaths were in the 75 to 89 age group

Six in ten deceased corona patients were aged between 75 and 89 years. Within that age group, 84 to 89-year-olds are most affected, with nearly 1,300 deaths.

Figures from RIVM (blue stands for hospital admissions, red for deaths) show that the youngest person who died in the Netherlands from the consequences of the coronavirus was eighteen or nineteen years old. According to the RIVM, this person had underlying health problems.

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Women tested positive more often, but more men died

More than 28,000 women have so far been tested positive for the coronavirus, compared to more than 16,000 men. However, more men (7,125) than women (4,516) were admitted to hospitals and 55.3 percent of corona patients who died were male.

More women may be infected because they are overrepresented in health care professions. Half of the infected care workers are under 45 years old.

The cabinet expanded the test capacity at the beginning of April, allowing health care workers to have themselves tested more often. Since then, more women than men have tested positive for the coronavirus, while previously this ratio was about the same.

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See also: Men seem to get sicker from coronavirus infection than women

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