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In the past twenty-four hours, 4,499 reports of positive corona tests have been received by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), according to figures from the institute.

That is more than six hundred tests less than the daily average (5,110) of the past week.

NU.nl looks at the average of the last seven days, because the figures can fluctuate greatly from day to day.

The instability of the figures was a reason for experts from RIVM and the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) to advise against easing in December.

The current figures do not yet provide the "comfort" to be able to say that we are heading towards easing in December, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting on Friday.

But he thinks it's too early to rule out easing.

"It is also good to have a look at how things will continue in the coming days", Rutte told the reporters present.

At the beginning of next week, the government will again ask the OMT for advice on possible relaxation in December.

On December 8, the cabinet will take a decision on which measures will apply during the holidays.

The Netherlands has more than half a million positive tests

Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) previously tempered expectations about this.

He expects the partial lockdown to continue in mid-January.

In total, the Netherlands now has more than half a million positive corona tests.

The death toll is slowly approaching ten thousand: some 9,200 corona patients in the Netherlands have died.

On Saturday that number rose by 59. That does not mean that all these COVID-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours.

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