Number of positive tests in a week increased by more than 40 percent to 19,326 | NOW


The GGDs have reported 19,326 new positive corona tests to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) since Tuesday last week. That is 43 percent more than last week (13,471).

Due to the increasing number of infections and the filling up of hospitals, the cabinet announced a series of national measures on Monday evening.

The number of positive tests in the past week is more than five times higher than the number of reports in the last week of August (3,588), the RIVM reports. In total, 206,670 people had themselves tested in the past week. That is 14,415 more than last week (192,255).

Not only the absolute number of new positive tests is going up, also the percentage of people who test positive in the test street has increased. Last week, 6.1 percent of people tested tested positive for the virus. Of the more than 200,000 people tested this week, 7.4 percent tested positive.

“In recent weeks, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of reports to the GGDs and in the percentage of people with a positive test result in the test streets in almost all regions,” says the RIVM.

More people hospitalized

Over the same period, 244 people were admitted to hospitals for COVID-19. Last week there were 152. The number of hospital admissions exceeded the signal value on the corona dashboard for the first time since 15 May.

On Tuesday, 33 corona patients were admitted to hospitals, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution. The number of IC admissions remained unchanged at 142. A total of 693 hospital beds are now occupied by COVID-19 patients.

102 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been reported dead in the past seven days, according to the RIVM. Last week there were 33. As far as is known, 51 patients actually died last week.

The reproduction number has dropped slightly from 1.33 to 1.27. That means that 100 infected people infect 127 others on average.

Virus spreads fastest among young people

“The largest number of people with a positive test result per 100,000 inhabitants can still be found in the age category 20-29 years,” writes the RIVM.

But all age groups from the age of ten have seen a “sharp rise” in the number of positive tests, according to the institute.

Not everyone can be tested

The patients reported by RIVM were not all tested positive, admitted or died in the past week. Some patients are reported later, the institute emphasizes.

The number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus in the Netherlands is also probably higher than the figures from the institute show, because not everyone can or wants to be tested.

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