More than 10,000 new corona cases, highest number since Christmas
The 10,345 new cases are more than last Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday combined. Last Saturday there were just over 1,100 positive tests. That means that the daily figure has increased ninefold in a week. This has never happened before during the outbreak in the Netherlands, which now lasts 500 days.
The number of positive tests increases by an average of more than 40 percent per day. That means the record is in sight. On December 20, RIVM reported 12,997 corona cases.
In the past seven days, 31,295 people have tested positive, the highest level since May 20. The week before, the coronavirus was diagnosed in 5144 people. That is an increase of more than 500 percent.
Record in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam 900 new cases came to light in the past day. That is a record for the capital. In the municipality of Utrecht, 793 people tested positive and in Rotterdam 688. In Groningen, 426 people were told that they had contracted the virus and 388 residents in The Hague. Many infections are also detected in cities such as Breda, Leiden, Delft, Haarlem and Eindhoven. There was not a single positive test in only 15 municipalities. That’s the lowest number in a long time.
The GGDs are carrying out more tests, but the percentage of positive tests is also increasing. Just over a week ago, 3 percent of all tests performed at the GGDs revealed an infection. That has increased to about 15 percent. That indicates that more people are actually infected.
The number of deaths has not yet risen. RIVM received one message last 24 hours that a corona patient had died from the virus. This was a resident of the municipality of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk. The fact that the death was reported now does not mean that this person died in the past 24 hours. It sometimes takes a while for a death to be registered. Nine deaths have been reported in the past seven days, the lowest level since mid-August, nearly a year ago.
More than 1.7 million people have tested positive since the outbreak began. At the current figures, it will take about a week before the limit of 1.8 million confirmed infections is passed. By the end of July, the limit of 2 million cases may be reached. Almost 18,000 people are certain to have died from the virus. The actual numbers are higher.