Local hotspots seem to be fueling the rise in cases, though a GGD computer error is also responsible for some
by Thomas Ansell
Despite a new lockdown imposed by Dutch PM Mark Rutte earlier this week, Coronavirus cases in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe seem to be rising quickly. Each Province individually recorded more than 200 cases yesterday: Groningen (287), Friesland (221), and Drenthe (233). What is more potentially worrying is that these figures are a near-doubling of the cases recorded two days ago- although due to a GGD computer system error led to some cases not being logged properly on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
In any case, some areas of the North can be seen as particular hotspots; the Gemeente Emmen had 51 new cases yesterday, the Gemeente Súdwest-Fryslân (around Sneek) had 44 new cases, and the Gemeente Groningen had 121 new cases. The highest concentration of positive cases in the North is in the De Wolden area of Southern Drenthe, with 98.6 positive cases per 100,000 people. It should be noted, however, that the Gemeente De Wolden only has around 25,000 residents.
Harlingen on the Frisian coast, on the other hand, recorded no new cases yesterday. The islands of Vlieland, Terschelling, and Schiermonnikoog also had no new Coronavirus infections yesterday: the four are the only Gemeentes in the Netherlands to have no new cases.
Unfortunately, 2 deaths were recorded in Groningen, with another occurring in each of Friesland and Drenthe. Across the Netherlands as a whole 11,214 confirmed cases were recorded yesterday, up by 4,550 on the figures from Tuesday. Nationally 12 percent of tests came back positive. Amsterdam is a national hotspot, with over 500 cases yesterday, whilst Rotterdam (361 cases yesterday) and the Hague recorded 228 new cases.
Image (screenshot) via the Dutch government’s Coronavirus dashboard.