Saturday 19 September 2020

Positive coronavirus test total rises again, MPs to debate increase Wednesday

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A further 630 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands in the past 24 hours, according to new figures from the public health institute RIVM.

Like last week, Rotterdam and Amsterdam account for the bulk of the new cases, with 177 and 105 positive tests respectively. And again like last week, most of the positive tests involve people in their 20s and 30s.

RIVM chief epidemiologist Jaap van Dissel is returning early from holiday to brief MPs on the latest situation, according to the AD. The briefing is scheduled for Tuesday morning and MPs are holding an emergency debate on Wednesday, following the rise in positive test results.

Six more people were admitted to hospital, but there were no Covid-19 related deaths, the figures, from the government’s coronavirus monitoring website, show.

The number of positive tests has been going up steadily since the second week in July and there are now 3.6 positive tests per 100,000 people.

At the same time, the number of people having tests has dropped, declining by 10,000 last week.

Officials now hope that Thursday’s appeal by the government for more people to have checks is having an effect, and according to initial figures, the decline in testing may have slowed down.

The RIVM will issue its weekly update on Tuesday.

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