Weekend coronavirus cases show slight drop amid IT issues

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A total of 18,880 new coronavirus cases were reported to the public health institute RIVM this weekend, after a computer problem stopped officials collecting an accurate figure on Saturday.

On Saturday, the RIVM said it had been notified of 8,669 positive tests, but that the figures were incomplete due to IT issues. At least some of the missing tests were incorporated into Sunday’s figure of 10,211, the RIVM said. On Friday, the number of newly-notified cases topped 10,000 for the first time.

A further 191 people were admitted to hospital on Sunday, down 94 on Saturday’s figure, while 28 people, most of whom were already in hospital, were transferred to intensive care.

There are now 2,147 people being treated for coronavirus in hospital, of whom 490 are in an IC unit.

In total, more than 280,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic struck and the first case was confirmed on February 27.

Prime minister Mark Rutte met ministers and experts at his official residence on Sunday afternoon to discuss the impact of the partial lockdown which was imposed two weeks ago on Tuesday.

Rutte said on Friday that it was still too soon to expect to see an impact on the figures following the decision to close cafes and bars, and stop team sports.

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