Saturday 31 October 2020

Coronavirus cases top 100,000 in the Netherlands, more regional measures likely

A green direction sticker and red 'no entry' sticker on the ground to indicate the one-way system near The Hague Central Station

A one way system to ensure social distancing in The Hague. Photo:

The number of positive coronavirus tests in the Netherlands topped 100,000 on Wednesday, with a new daily total of 2,357, according to figures from national health institute RIVM.

As on previous days, most positive tests in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning were in Amsterdam (269), Rotterdam (156) and The Hague (130).

A further 32 people were hospitalised and five more people died. In total, 420 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital and 91 are in intensive care, almost double the figure a week ago.

The RIVM estimates that one million people may have had the virus to date, out of a population of over 17 million.

Eight more regions are this week likely to be added to the list of areas where the rise in coronavirus cases is worrying, prime minister Mark Rutte told MPs during a debate on government strategy on Tuesday.

But as yet no decision has been taken about new measures and talks are ongoing with local officials, Rutte said.

Last week, six safety board regions, including those covering Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, were put on special measures – including earlier bar closing times – after a surge in positive tests.

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