Dutch report 86 more coronavirus deaths; people most at risk revealed
The Dutch death toll from coronavirus rose by 86 on Tuesday to 5,168, as weekend deaths were incorporated into the official figures.
At the same time the number of hospital admissions rose by 89 to 11,126, again adjusted for the time lag in reporting.
A further 317 people have tested positive for the virus, taking the total to 41,087 as testing is ramped up to include more healthcare workers.
The public health institute on Tuesday also published a new explainer listing who is most at risk of developing serious problems if infected with Covid-19.
These include the over-70s and the adults with the following health problems:
- Chronic respiratory or lung problems who are being treated by specialists
- Chronic heart problems who are being treated by cardiologists
- Diabetes, with poor general health and/or complications
- Kidney disease requiring dialysis or a transplant
- People with reduced resistance to infection because they take medicine for an auto-immune disease and people who have had an organ or stem cell transplant
- People who do not have a spleen or a spleen that is not functioning and people who have a blood disease
- People with a reduced resistance because they take resistance-reducing medicines
- Cancer patients during or within three months of chemotherapy and/or radiation
- People with severe immune disorders for which they need treatment from a doctor
- People with an HIV infection who are not (yet) being treated by a doctor or with an HIV infection with a CD4 cluster or differentiation 4 number below <200 / mm2
- People with severe liver disease
- People who are very overweight (BMI > 40)
People who fall into these categories are being urged to stay at home as much as possible and keep strictly to the 1.5 metre rule. ‘We do not recommend having visitors but if you do, limit them to one or two regular people only and ask them to be especially careful in following the guidelines,’ the RIVM said.
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