Coronavirus hospital patient total falls back to last October’s level

The number of positive coronavirus tests reported to public health agency RIVM continues to decline, with 2,160 cases recorded in the 24 hours to Saturday morning.

That is down 264 on Friday and well below the average for the past seven days. The seven-day average is now 2,441, which is down by over a fifth on a week ago.

Hospital admissions too continue to fall back. In total, 1009 people are being treated in hospital, of whom 351 are in an intensive care ward – figures last seen eight months ago.

The number of deaths is also declining, averaging nine a day now, compared with 12 a day in the previous seven day period. Nevertheless over 27,000 people have died in the Netherlands since the pandemic began.

The driving force behind downturn in infections is the vaccination campaign. Over 10.3 million doses of vaccine have now been administered in the Netherlands and over half the adult population have had at least one injection, according to the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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