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We have a rise in COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands, please remember to stay safe

As COVID-19 cases rise, people in the Netherlands seem to act like the virus doesn’t exist. Please remember that the first wave of the pandemic has never ended in the Netherlands. Let’s make sure we, our families and the people around us are safe.

The latest numbers

According to the public health institute RIVM, 1,329 new COVID-19 infections were reported over the past week. That is 342 more than the number of confirmed cases reported last week and 795 more than the week before that. Hospital admissions (current or previous) due to COVID-19 were reported during the past week for 23 patients. That is 4 more than last week. There were 9 deaths of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patients reported, 2 more than the week before. The number of new people who tested positive in the Netherlands continues to increase.
In the GGD test lanes, the number of tests increased by almost 23,000 compared to the previous week. As in previous days, most cases are being reported in the Rotterdam region, with an overnight rise of 125. There were also 67 new cases in the Amsterdam region but just 5 cases in the three northern provinces.

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Ages affected

Half of the new coronavirus patients are aged 20 to 40, with 40 to 60-year-olds accounting for most of the rest. Officials earlier highlighted the rise in cases among the younger generations and research by RTL Nieuws on Saturday shows that one in three people under the age of 30 is not keeping their distance from others while out on the town.

Drastic measures had to be taken

Local health board officials have already closed three cafes in Amsterdam because of coronavirus – two because they were potential sources of clusters and one because a member of staff continued to work with symptoms. At the same time, Rotterdam’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has written to student organisations urging them to act responsibly as the start of the new term nears. City officials are particularly concerned that coronavirus may spread easily among students – and there has already been one cluster around a student event in the port city.

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Testing – testing – testing

Since 1 June 2020, anyone in the Netherlands with (mild) symptoms can get tested for COVID-19. People can sign up directly to get tested in the GGD test lanes. Tests are also administered by the GP or in hospital, and the regional public health authorities (GGDs) are giving people tests as part of source and contact tracing. Since it is likely that not all people who have COVID-19 will get tested, the actual numbers in the Netherlands are probably higher than the numbers stated here.


Comply with the measures!

It is still important for people to comply with the measures to prevent the spread of the virus: social distancing (stay 1.5 m apart), wear a mask in public transport or, even better, wear a mask in supermarkets and closed crowded places, wash hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow, use paper tissues, use hand sanitiser. Also: stay home and get tested at the first sign of symptoms or if you came in direct or indirect contact with a positive COVID-19 case. This is how we can keep the novel coronavirus under control, avoid a new lockdown, more hospitalisations and deaths.



Christina Kambanella
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  1. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    This makes total sense to me. In Haarlem, I have not seen a single person wearing a mask or keeping social distancing. This includes workers at Albert Heijn, waiters/waitresses at restaurants and cafes, shops, markets, playgrounds, walking on the street, bike riders, families, anyone. Not one. I am the only one wearing one, and this is for more than 6 weeks. I get strange looks. But I don’t care. And I see that the numbers in NL (don’t know about Haarlem) are growing significantly again now. The Dutch have a “I don’t care” attitude that will not serve them (or any of us) well. It’s because there has not been a forced lockdown.

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