The measures also appear to be effective in other parts of The Netherlands
The policies brought in to contain the spread of the Coronavirus in The Netherlands seem to be working, in the Province of Groningen at least. The number of infections is now at 206, which is an increase of 19 from Friday. Of that number, 51 are in hospital, and at least five patients in Groningen have died due to the virus. As reported by the Groninger Internet Courant.
Figures have been taken from the RIVM and GGD Groningen. In Friesland, the GGD Fryslân says that 11 more people have tested positive since yesterday, making a total of 218 in the province. The GGD Drenthe will release an update later today.
There are more Coronavirus patients in the hospitals in the North, but because of pressure on hospitals in other parts of The Netherlands, many are not local to the region.
According to the Regional Consultation for Acute Care in the Northern Netherlands (ROAZ NN), there were 109 patients in hospitals in Groningen due to the affects of the Coronavirus. Of these, 68 are patients in intensive care. The others are in special nursing wards. ROAZ NN has announced that there is still sufficient capacity in its hospitals.
Across the country, the number of infections increased this weekend by 2,128 to 17,851. The number of deaths increased from 1,487 to 1,766 (+279).
Fewer people ended up in the hospital than in recent days. There are now 6,875 patients in various hospitals; that number stood at 6,286 on Friday. This is an increase of 589 patients in two days, previously numbers had jumped by 700 in a single day.
According to Diederik Gommers, chairman of the national Intensive Care association, more and more people are now leaving hospital, but that this should not lead to a false sense of security: “the forecasts are really still that we will continue to grow. If 50 patients are added every day, we will be at maximum capacity in ten days”, he said on the Op1, an NPO television programme. Gommers added that everyone should adhere to the measures in the near future.
The RIVM always emphasises that the actual number of infections is higher that that recorded, because not everyone with milder complaints is tested.