Saturday 15 August 2020

Spread of coronavirus in nursing homes is slowing: RIVM

Nursing home Covid-19 deaths, with new reports in orange

The official Dutch coronavirus death toll rose by 54 to 5,510 on Tuesday as previously unregistered weekend deaths were added to the total.

Delays in reporting at the weekend mean that figures on Monday tend to be artificially low, causing a mini-spike in reported cases on Tuesdays. The average death toll over the last seven days is 53, from a peak of 154 in the first week of April.

A further 35 people were admitted to hospital, taking the total number of hospital admissions to 11,378, the public health institute RIVM said in its daily update. In addition, 196 more people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total confirmed infections to just under 43,000.

The RIVM also said on Tuesday that the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes appears to be slowing and that few residents are dying of coronavirus. Testing of workers and home residents has been stepped up in recent days.

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