VIDEOThe number of corona patients in hospitals has decreased slightly. The National Network Acute Care (LNAZ) expects an increase in the coming days, but much less than earlier forecasts. Chairman Ernst Kuipers does warn against too much optimism. ,,We’re not there yet.”
Marlies van Leeuwen and Raymond Boere
According to Kuipers, the figures are still mainly daily rates. One day it rises slightly, then it falls again. The decline now has nothing to do with stricter measures introduced this week to combat the number of infections. “It is still too early for that.”
There are currently 539 patients with corona in nursing wards across the country. That is 12 fewer than yesterday. Another 152 people are treated in intensive care, 2 more than yesterday. The forecast for the coming days has been adjusted. First, the hospitals expect to have to treat a total of around 1000 patients this weekend, now that number is 750.
The figures are therefore still critical. Hospitals are at risk of having to postpone regular treatments again, just like in the spring. There is room for about 600 corona patients throughout the Netherlands without this care being compromised. The situation is sometimes dire locally, such as in Groningen, where they had to close two operating theaters because otherwise they would be short of hands on the bed. Not only are many corona patients there, but also many staff members are ill. Some hospitals have already set up special ‘corona departments’ ‘because this is more convenient’.
Kuipers therefore calls the situation in the hospitals worrying. “We want regular care to continue, but we are already at 150,000 infections in the Netherlands. At the peak in March and April, it was 250,000. We don’t want that, but then the number of infections really has to go down again, preferably below 100,000. ”
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