Coronavirus hospital numbers rise by nearly 100, infections up by 9%

Photo: Brandon Hartley
Photo: Brandon Hartley

The number of patients in hospital with coronavirus increased by almost 100 on Monday as cases continued to rise on average.

A total of 2,342 people were being treated for Covid-19 on Monday morning, compared to 2,248 on Sunday. The number of patients in intensive care increased by 20 to 675.

Another 6,824 cases were confirmed on Monday, a 9% increase on the figure a week ago. Over the last week cases have increased by 14.5% on average.

The positive test rate was unchanged from Sunday at 8.5%.

Another 10 deaths were reported by the public health agency RIVM on Monday, while the seven-day average figure has come down from 29 to 26 in the past week.

Source: RIVM

The virus is continuing to decline in nursing homes, with 219 locations reporting at least one new infection in the last two weeks, compared to 245 a week ago.

A total of 2.38 million vaccine doses have been given so far, while 514,000 injections are planned for the coming week, the RIVM said.

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