4,036 people in the Netherlands have been tested positive for the corona virus in the past week, Jaap van Dissel, director of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), reports Tuesday during a technical briefing in the Lower House. It is an increase of 1,448 compared to the 2,588 infections reported last week.
On Monday, 630 new infections were reported. That was the largest increase in 24 hours since the end of April. On Tuesday, 623 were added. Much more is being tested now than in April.
Also, 38 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the past week, 6 fewer a week earlier. Nine people have died as a result of the coronavirus, three more than last week.
Hospital admissions are likely to lag behind because many of the positively tested people are young people. They generally end up in hospital less often. However, a large number of infected youngsters can lead to problems in the long term, because they can infect their parents or grandparents, among others.
Not all patients have tested positive, hospitalized, or died in the past week: some patients are not reported until later. The actual number of infections is also probably higher, because not everyone with complaints can be tested.
Scheduled six times more tests after press conference
In the week of July 27 to August 2, 101,905 were tested. Last week, up to and including Sunday, there were 98,978. After Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s press conference, six times as many corona tests were scheduled on Thursday evening as on a normal evening. Within one hour, two thousand people made an appointment.
The percentage of positive tests increased to 3.5. Last week that was 2.3 percent.
According to Van Dissel, no source and contact research was carried out on 30 percent of the infected persons. Until last week, this was always the case for less than 10 percent of the infected people, but due to the increase in the number of infections and staff shortages, the research is now increasingly not successful.