Positive coronavirus tests rise to over 9,000 but hospital admissions are stable
A total of 9,195 positive coronavirus tests were reported to public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning.
That is an increase of 1,459 on Tuesday’s figure, but Wednesday and Thursday typically have more cases than the rest of the week because of the weekend time lag.
Nevertheless, the rise takes the average number of cases a day over the past week to just under 8,000, a rise of 35% on a week ago.
Hospital occupancy remains relatively stable. There are now 1,310 people with coronavirus in hospital, down two on Tuesday, of whom 250 are in intensive care.
The RIVM also reported 33 coronavirus-related deaths. The average over the past week was 17.
The government is introducing a package of new and old measures in an effort to reduce the rise in the number of hospital admissions, including bringing back face masks.
Parliament is debating the changes on Wednesday afternoon and broadcaster NOS said the new measures can count on the support of a majority of MPs.
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