Municipal health services have taken 431 positive corona tests in the past 24 hours. That is one less than in the first full week of July. In addition, more infections were observed in the last four days (1,356) than in the previous week (1,329).
The rise doesn’t come out of the blue. In the last two weeks, the daily number of detected infections has already risen steadily. However, more positive tests seem to have declined in recent days in particular.
The majority of the infections are still observed in the west of the country. In the Amsterdam-Amstelland region, this concerns 67 infections, the GGD Haaglanden reports 51 positive tests and the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region ranks with 125 infections.
In the latter region, 9.4 out of every 100,000 inhabitants are currently testing positive for the corona virus. This is by far the highest average measured nationally, and the highest average for the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region since the corona peaks in mid-April.
The race must be taken with a grain of salt. Because the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment publishes figures on a daily basis, the rates are sensitive to changes: possibly Friday more people were tested in the region than usual.
“More testing does not automatically mean more infections”
A spokesperson for the GGD can partly confirm this statement in conversation with NU.nl. “We’ve seen the daily amount of tests scale up from 1,000 a day to more than 1,600 in the last few weeks.”
However, the spokesperson emphasizes that more tests do not necessarily mean that more positive tests are taken.
Not only Rotterdam-Rijnmond has seen the number of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants increase in recent weeks. Haaglanden is also reporting a peak today with 4.6 inhabitants, while Gelderland-Midden, Amsterdam-Amstelland, West-Brabant, Utrecht and Hollands-Midden are also experiencing relatively more positive tests.
Nearly half of all positive tests have been taken in people between the ages of twenty and forty. About a third of the new infections were found in 40 to 60 year olds.