‘Very serious’ is level four out of four on the Dutch government’s scale
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Due to a sharp rise in new Coronavirus cases, which may or may not have something to do with the ruinous trial re-opening of clubs and everyone seemingly forgetting what a face mask is, the Province of Freisland has again been placed in the top Coronavirus risk tier by the Dutch government.
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, despite the change in official status, no further regulations will apply to the Province. Groningen has been at risk level 4 for about a week or so, and everywhere in the Netherlands is now also at the highest risk level aside from Zeeland and Drenthe.
Despite the large rise in infection numbers, hospitalisations remain stable and quite low. The last time that Friesland was in the ‘very serious’ category was the end of 2020, when hospitals across the Netherlands were struggling with large numbers of new Coronavirus patients.
In order to be put into the ‘very serious’ category, a region must have more than 250 positive tests per 100,000 residents. The Dutch government’s Outbreak Management Team regularly reviews the numbers needed for each category level- and also considers vaccination levels when setting them.
Image: screenshot from the Coronavirus dashboard