After weeks in which the number of infections decreased or remained the same, there was an increase in the number of positive tests again this week. 5427 people were tested positive, the RIVM reports, compared to 3597 a week earlier. It is the highest number of positive tests in a week, since tests became available to everyone at the beginning of June.
At the same time, the number of hospitalizations and deaths decreased. The GGDs reported 43 new hospitalizations and 17 deaths last week. A week earlier, 57 new admissions and 24 deaths were reported. These are still numbers that are out of all proportion to the enormous numbers during the first wave this spring.
Part of the increase in the number of infections can be explained by the fact that many people have had themselves tested. According to the RIVM, 180,182 people were tested last week, some 20,000 more than a week earlier. Never before have so many people been tested in a week.
But of the people who had themselves tested, more people are also positive: 2.8 percent in the past week, compared to 2.2 percent last week. That percentage is lower than at the beginning of August, when almost 4 percent of people tested positive.
The number of corona patients in intensive care, an important indicator, has fluctuated around 30 for weeks. At the height of the crisis at the beginning of April, there were more than 1400 corona patients in the ICU
According to the RIVM, the fact that the number of admissions and deaths lags behind the number of positive tests is probably due to the fact that many more younger people are infected. So far this month, one third of the positive tests were for people between 20 and 29.
They may become seriously ill from the virus, but this happens much less often than in the elderly. Of the more than six thousand confirmed dead corona patients, only 46 were under fifty. As far as we know, no one under fifty has died of the virus since June.
RIVM has warned before that infected people in their twenties can be a risk for their parents, grandparents and other elderly people, for example, and that as a result, admissions and deaths could rise again. For the time being, therefore, this does not seem to be a problem.
According to Aura Timen of the RIVM there may be little contact between young and old. “But it is also possible that the elderly take measures to prevent them from ending up in busy situations, and that they go outside less often,” she says to the CCeit.
The differences between municipalities remain large. In the past week most cases were per 10,000 inhabitants in Ouder-Amstel, Delft and Amsterdam.
It should be noted that Ouder-Amstel has relatively few inhabitants, and an outbreak is therefore more noticeable. There are 13 positive tests per 10,000 inhabitants. Both in Delft and Amsterdam there are about 11 positive tests per 10,000 inhabitants.
Amsterdam is still the undisputed corona capital in absolute numbers, with 963 positive tests. Last week there were 558. The capital is followed by Rotterdam and The Hague, with 575 and 574 positive tests. Last week there were 374 and 331 respectively
The number of infected persons who have been abroad is less than in recent weeks. Last week it was 821 people, this week it was 671. That is 12 percent of all positively tested people