The drastic fall in numbers is possibly as likely due to lack of testing capacity as it is to lower numbers of people becoming infected
Coronavirus infection figures have dropped a bit this weekend in Groningen, reports the GIC. On Sunday, 254 new infections were confirmed, but whilst numbers might look to have halved compared to a week earlier, it should be noted, that laboratories are having problems in processing the large number of tests.
Last Friday, the number of new positive test results suddenly fell sharply. On Thursday, the RIVM recorded 421 new infections and a day later there were only 99.
According to the Groningen GGD, the results had been delayed, with some labs unable to communicate a test result within 48 hours. It is not known whether this backlog has now been made up and what the consequences are in terms of ongoing figures.
It was expected that the numbers on Saturday and Sunday would be extremely high again, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case. On Saturday, the RIVM recorded exactly 263 positive tests and on Sunday there were 254. The seven-day average, off the back of these numbers, then fell to 330.
City of Groningen
The infection figures in the city of Groningen had, on Sunday, halved compared to a week earlier. Last Sunday there were 540 infections, with 254 infections confirmed this Sunday.
Province of Groningen
The infection figures in the province of Groningen did show an upward trend. On Thursday, there were 150 positive tests in the rest of the Province (apart from the municipality of Groningen). On Friday, that was 77 infections. On Saturday, the RIVM recorded 148 infections in the rest of the province and 171 infections were added on Sunday.
The seven day average is 127.
No hospital admissions
No one was hospitalised this weekend in either the municipality or the province of Groningen.
National figures show a more stable picture
The national Coronavirus figures have been stable. On Sunday, the RIVM recorded 10,247 new positive tests. The three days before that, the number was just above 11,000. The seven-day average now stands at 10,052. On Sunday, 14 people were hospitalised, which is lower than the seven-day average of 25 admissions per day.
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