Thursday 23 September 2021

Coronavirus upward trend continues, rules won’t be relaxed for Easter

Photo: Brandon Hartley

Public health institute RIVM received notification of 7,025 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, down 617 on Saturday but still an upward trend.

The number of positive tests over the past week have risen some 20% compared with the week before. In addition, Sunday and Monday’s new infection figures tend to be lower than the rest of the week.

The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus is up slightly, and 611 of them are now being in treated in intensive care.

Ministers met government healthcare advisors to discuss the latest situation ahead of Tuesday’s press conference on Sunday, but some members of the Outbreak Management Team have already said publicly they do not think that the rules can be relaxed any more at present, given the increase in cases.

Broadcaster NOS reported on Sunday afternoon that the current measures, including the 9pm curfew, will continue into April. NOS bases its claim on cabinet sources.

Prime minister Mark Rutte said two weeks ago that he hoped it would be possible to reopen the cafe terraces for the Easter weekend.

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