Friday 14 August 2020

Covid-19 infections rise slightly, some local clusters

Washing your hands is key to controlling the virus. Photo: Depositphotos.com

There were 534 new Covid-19 infections and eight deaths in the past week, according to the latest weekly figures from the RIVM public health institute.

This represented a rise of 102 cases compared to the previous week, although the body notes that not everybody with the virus will get a test. Sixteen new patients were also admitted to hospital.

The RIVM has observed that many of the cases are in small, local clusters, but as holiday and travel restrictions are loosed it will also begin monitoring the travel history of people with the coronavirus.

Since mass testing began on June 1 until July 12, 1% of the 369,287 tests carried out were positive.

‘It remains essential that people adhere to the measures to prevent the spread of the virus…social distancing (stay 1.5 metres away from others), handwashing, sneezing and coughing in the elbow and using paper handkerchiefs,’ the health institute warned.

The infection has also been discovered on another mink farm in Aarle-Rixtel, meaning a total of 23 of the farms have been infected and around a million animals slaughtered, according to television programme Nieuwsuur.

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