Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe; and Zeeland in the South are the only Dutch provinces to see a reduction in Coronavirus cases
Number of Coronavirus infections in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe continues to decrease, with the reproduction number in Groningen now below 1.0, reports OOGTV.
Infections are also decreasing in Drenthe and Friesland, which, together with the province of Zeeland, are the only provinces in the Netherlands where there has been a decline in the last few weeks.
An NOS graph for Groningen shows that the number of infections rose sharply at the beginning of September. At its peak, this was about 30 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. More than a week ago, a downward trend set in, 20 infections per 100,000 residents the current rate.
Friesland and Drenthe (and Zeeland)
This trend is also visible in Friesland and Drenthe, as well as the province of Zeeland- with no explanation forthcoming. The decline started shortly after the implementation of the partial lockdown, but it is not clear whether it is a result of the earlier package of measures, or whether there is another reason.
However, the effect is not reflected in other provinces. There is significant growth in the Randstad, Noord-Brabant and Overijssel. South Holland is the biggest concern with more than 70 positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants. The Dutch government is also concerned at the total number of infections in the country, the number of hospital admissions and the number of deaths. The latter figures are increasing.