Maybe going maskless everywhere isn’t a great idea
Five days ago, only two new Coronavirus infections were registered in the municipality of Groningen in 24 hours. But yesterday, Thursday, 23 new infections were confirmed in 24 hours, an enormous rise. Most of the new cases have occurred in people in their early twenties, reports the GIC. In the past seven days, the average number of new infections per day was eleven. Thursday’s 23 infections are therefore also higher than the seven-day average.
Some good news has also been announced: there are currently no Coronavirus patients needing care in any hospitals in Groningen.
Thursday saw 37 infections across the Province; also higher than the seven-day average of 18 new infections per day. Across the country, 845 new infections were confirmed on Thursday, 229 higher than the seven-day average of 216.
The official Dutch government risk level in the province and municipality of Groningen remains the same.
Cause for concern?
Infection rates have been rising for a few days in a row, but numbers are not as high as they were a few months ago. The reproduction rate is also still below 1 and as long as this is the case, there is no huge cause for concern. According to microbiologist Alex Friedrich, among others, it is important to remain vigilant.
Certainly people who return from vacation must adhere to the rules of testing and quarantine.
Many countries are tightening their Coronavirus measures again due to the more-infective Delta variant. It is also thought that people who have had only one vaccination seem to be less well protected against the so-called Indian variant: they are less likely to become seriously ill, but they can still spread the virus.