Thursday 18 August 2022

More positive coronavirus tests; Enschede club cluster hits 165

This Enschede club is a coronavirus cluster. Photo: GinoPress

The number of positive coronavirus tests reported to public health institute RIVM rose again on Sunday to 1,239. That is up 104 on Saturday’s total.

The upward trend of the past few days takes the average daily number of cases to 843, a rise of 36% on the previous week.

No deaths were reported overnight and an estimated 225 people are being treated for coronavirus in hospital. Of them 99 are in intensive care. It is the first time since September 2020 that fewer than 100 IC beds have been occupied.

The Netherlands relaxed most of its coronavirus regulations on June 26, ending the mandatory use of masks in all but public transport and airports.

Clubs and concert halls have also been able to reopen under the ‘test for entry’ programme, which allows social distancing to be dropped if everyone at a given venue has a negative coronavirus test.

One location now known to be a coronavirus cluster is a night club in Enschede where 165 of the 600 or so guests have now tested positive.

The Aspen Valley club has been closed since the outbreak, triggered during the first weekend of the test for entry scheme.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.