In the last week of January, the Netherlands has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, a trend which is expected to continue in the first week of February, as reported by NOS. On the national level, the number of new ICU residents has also risen for the first time, although outbound patients are more than inbound patients.
In total, the country registered around half a million positive tests last week, with an increase of 30 percent in the number of new corona patients admitted to the hospitals and plus 39 percent regarding the ICU corona population. Part of the increase can be explained by some hospitals reporting also patients who were admitted for non-corona reasons but got infected once there. As of last week, hospitals started to register these two groups of patients separately.
The three northern provinces are showing a similar trend of rising infection numbers but few hospitalizations, including ICU patients.
The province of Groningen reported5,595 positive tests on Monday January 31st, reports the GCI, with just under half of these infections coming from the municipality of Groningen, 2,193. On average, 4 people were hospitalised per day from January 20th to January 26th.
In Drenthe, 2,347 people tested positive for the COVID-19 on February 1st, according to RTV Drenthe, the highest number ever in one single day.
The Leeuwarder Courant reported 2,310 new infections on Tuesday, 1,295 more than the day before and 662 more than the average over the previous 7 days.
The Dutch government mandates isolating at home in the case of a positive COVID-19 test or in the case a close contact resulted positive. If a close contact has COVID-19, quarantine can be skipped if one of the following situations apply:
- you tested positive for coronavirus less than 8 weeks ago and you do not currently have any symptoms of coronavirus;
- you had your booster vaccination at least 1 week ago and you do not currently have any symptoms of coronavirus;
- you are a child under 18 who goes to childcare, primary school or secondary school. This exemption also applies to:
- secondary school pupils aged 18 or over; and
- students under 18 who attend secondary vocational education (MBO) or higher education (HBO and universities); or
- you have established together with your employer that your presence is essential and that you meet the conditions for workers performing essential operational processes (information in Dutch).
To help citizens navigate the rules, the government has created a quarantine check page.