Dutch official coronavirus death toll nears 4,000, hospitalisation rate still falling

The number of official coronavirus deaths in the Netherlands rose by 165 overnight, but the large rise on Monday’s figure is due to a time lag in the way deaths are reported, the public health institute RIVM said on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s figures are typically the highest of the week, because they include unreported deaths from the weekend.

Nevertheless, the increase takes the official Dutch death toll to 3,916, although the true rate is likely to be far higher. The official figures only include people who have tested positive for the disease.

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A further 118 people have been admitted to hospital, taking that total to 9,897, while a further 729 have tested positive for the disease. In total, 34,134 people are now confirmed to have had coronavirus.

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