All three Northern Provinces are in risk-level 3 according to the Dutch government
By Thomas Ansell
The Coronavirus pandemic continues across the Northern Netherlands, with case loads in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe having seemingly reached a lower level in the last few weeks. However, according to the Dutch government’s Coronavirus Dashboard, whilst positive case numbers are down on the last peak in mid-October, there is no daily downward trend.
In Groningen, for example, 98 people tested positive on November 30: up five from two days prior. Friesland recorded 111 new cases on Monday, up one from the weekend, whilst in Drenthe 73 positive cases were recorded. This is 20 more than on Saturday.
In each of the three Northern Provinces around 10 percent of those tested by the GGD return positive results. Within the Provinces, too, there are regional differences: in the Gemeente Westerveld in Drenthe there were zero positive cases recorded yesterday. However just north, in the Gemeente Aa en Hunze 8 positive tests were returned.
In the Province of Groningen, the ‘hotspots’ are the Gemeentes Loppersum (3 yesterday), Westerwolde (8 yesterday), and Stadskanaal, with 10 positive tests returned yesterday. Each of these municipalities now equal 31 cases per 100,000 residents. In Friesland, the most cases appear to be in Gemeente Súdwest-Fryslân (27 cases yesterday), and Gemeente Dantumadiel (6 yesterday).