Despite the ongoing lockdown, and with the chance of more measures in the pipeline, the number of Coronavirus infections in Groningen and Drenthe is up, whilst Friesland sees a small fall
By Thomas Ansell
With the Dutch parliament currently debating whether to implement a curfew across the Netherlands, nearly 200 more Coronavirus cases were registered in Groningen (172) and Friesland (195) today. Drenthe’s rise in cases is more modest, at 138.
More concerningly, the number of new cases rose in both Groningen and Drenthe. In Groningen there were 22 more cases today compared to yesterday, whilst in Drenthe there were 35 more today. Friesland’s total fell by 7 between yesterday and today.
One person died in Friesland, and another in Drenthe over the last 24 hours, whilst Groningen saw two deaths. Nine people were admitted to a hospital in Groningen, with seven admitted in Friesland, and ten in Drenthe.
Across the Netherlands as whole, there were 5,615 positive tests recorded yesterday, and 87 deaths. The ‘R-rate’ for the entire country is, according to the Coronavirus dashboard, 0.98, which means that every 100 infected people are likely to infect a further 98 people. Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe all have about 30 infections per 100,000 residents, with the national hotspots now being the East of the country in the Twente region, and the areas south of Rotterdam.