Slight rise in new coronavirus cases, as curfew comes into effect

The cafes in Marken are closed because of the lockdown. Photo:

The public health institute RIVM has registered 5,487 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, down from Friday but slightly up on the average over the past seven days.

There was, however, a marginal reduction in the number of people being treated in for coronavirus in hospital. In total, 2,306 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus, a drop of 52 on Friday. Of them, 673 are in intensive care.

The Netherlands will be under curfew from 9pm to 4.30am from Saturday night until at least the morning of February 10 in an effort to get the number of positive coronavirus cases down.

Meanwhile, Haarlemmermeer police say they have fined a number of youngsters who were attending a party under a railway viaduct in Hoofddorp on Friday night. Some 100 to 150 youngsters were at the event.

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