Intensive care Covid-19 patient total falls to 223, death toll rises by 11

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The number of people being treated in intensive care wards for coronavirus has fallen to 223, the coordinating agency said on Sunday. At the height of the epidemic the number of coronavirus patients in ICU neared 1,400.

A further 499 patients are being treated in IC units for other health issues. ‘The overall occupancy rate is low and that means other care is getting back up to steam,’ Ernst Kuipers of the national acute care agency said. ‘The number of Covid-19 patients in IC is falling quickly.’

In total, the number of coronavirus patients who have been or are being treated in hospital rose by 13 to 11,672 according to the Sunday update by the public health institute RIVM.

The overnight official death toll rose by 11 to 5,822. The real death toll is likely to be some 40% higher, because the official figure only includes people who have been tested for the virus.

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