2,588 people in the Netherlands tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) reported on Tuesday. That is 1,259 more than the 1,329 positive test results reported last week, while fewer were tested.

In the past week, 44 new COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized. That is 21 more than last week. Six deaths from the coronavirus have also been reported, three fewer than in the previous week.

The percentage of people tested who get a positive test result has more than doubled. Earlier it concerned 1 percent of the people who had themselves tested. In the past week, the share was 2.3 percent.

There are currently 242 active clusters of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands. This is an increase of 109 clusters of three or more related infections compared to the previous week.

30 percent of people know where the infection occurred. "The source of most infections can still be found in the home situation, with 52.8 percent of all clusters," said RIVM. Other infections are the result of contact with other family members or friends.

This means that the source of 70 percent of the contamination clusters has not yet been determined. According to the RIVM, this is due to "delays in registration due to the large number of reports in a number of regions".

"In South Holland in particular, followed by North Holland and North Brabant, there has been an increase in the number of reports," said the RIVM. A quarter of people who have tested positive are 20 to 29 years old.

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Fewer people were tested

In the week from 20 to 26 July, 111,764 people were tested and in the week from 27 July to 2 August, 101,905 people were tested. The GGD GHOR continues to emphasize that it is important that everyone with (mild) complaints makes a test appointment.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will give a press conference on Thursday about the rising corona figures. It starts at 7 PM.

In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, a mouth mask is mandatory in busy places from Wednesday. In the capital, the violation leads to a fine of 95 euros, the municipality announced on Tuesday.

In Rotterdam, the number of detected infections increased by 448 in one week. Last week, there were still 223. Amsterdam saw the number of infections increase by 265 in the past week. There were 223 a week earlier.

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