rise in corona cases december 2020

A total of 8894 new confirmed coronavirus infections were reported to the RIVM as of Friday morning on 11 December, which is 120 more than the previous day. The weekly average is 7264. The number of infections has increased rapidly over the past ten days: last week there was an increase of 45 percent compared to the seven days previous.

Prime minister Mark Rutte already announced during the press conference on Tuesday 8 December that it may be necessary to tighten up the measures in the near future.

Hospitals

Rise in corona cases December 2020In hospitals, the earlier decline in occupancy appears to be changing. The pressure increased slightly over the past day. A total of 199 new coronavirus patients were admitted to hospital wards, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). That is one more than the day before.

In all, 30 new patients were admitted to intensive care units (ICU), almost all of them transferred from the nursing wards. That is four more than yesterday.

A total of 1681 people with coronavirus are now in hospital (yesterday: 1648), 472 of whom are in the ICU (yesterday: 469). More patients with coronavirus were admitted than were discharged.

65 patients died due to COVID-19

Previously, the number of deaths had been dropping but that is no longer the case. Today, 65 patients were reported to the RIVM to have died from coronavirus, compared to 64 yesterday. In the past seven days, RIVM registered an average of 50 deaths per day, against 51 deaths per day a week earlier.

These are deaths that are known to be due to the coronavirus; according to CBS (Statistics Netherlands), the actual number of deaths is higher. Last week, there was an ‘excess mortality’ of 400.

How quickly the number of deaths continues to rise depends in part on the number of infections in nursing homes. There too, the figures are rising again after an initial decline. There are now 591 nursing homes where at least one coronavirus infection has been diagnosed in the past two weeks. A week ago there were 565. At the peak of the first coronavirus wave, on 15 April, there were 828 nursing homes with at least one infection.

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This is an ongoing situation and it is advisable to check the websites of the relevant authorities to obtain the most up-to-date information.

To keep updated with advice from the government and the RIVM, head to:

http://government.nl/coronavirus

https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

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