Sunday 01 August 2021

Hospitals returning to normal as Covid patient numbers fall below 600

Intensive care numbers are down to just over 200. Photo:

Fewer than 600 people are in hospital with Covid-19 for the first time since the last week of September, the RIVM said on Thursday.

A total of 573 patients are being treated for the disease, including 226 who are in intensive care. The figures have declined by 32 and 13 respectively since Wednesday.

The Dutch healthcare authority NVA said 83% of operating theatres were now available for regular procedures, up from 79% a week ago, while 14% of hospitals said they were now running at full capacity.

The RIVM reported 1,086 new positive tests on Thursday morning, just below the weekly average of 1,106. In the last seven days the number of confirmed cases has fallen by 36.5%.

Three more Covid-19 deaths were confirmed, equal to the average for the last seven days. A week ago an average of seven deaths were being reported per day.

The number of vaccine doses given has passed the 13 million mark, while an estimated 26.4% of the population is now fully vaccinated.

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