Dutch covid hospital total below 1,000 for first time since Oct. 6
The Covid-19 hospital patient total in the Netherlands sunk below one thousand on Sunday for the first time since October 6. Patient coordination office LCPS said that 998 people were currently being treated for the disease.
With 11 fewer patients in care on Sunday compared to Saturday, the hospital total has dropped by 60 percent in one month’s time. Should the downward trend continue, by the end of next week there will be just about 750 Covid-19 patients in care.
Out of the current total, 344 patients were stationed in the ICU, a net decrease of seven. The remaining 654 patients were being treated in the regular hospital wards, down four in a day.
In total, 58 people infected with the coronavirus disease were brought to hospitals for treatment during the past 24 hours. That brought the seven-day average down to 75, about 30 percent less than it was one week ago.
The rapidly improved situation means that the capacity of the Dutch ICU system will be scaled down to the pre-pandemic level of 1,150 bed spaces.
An estimated 166,616 Covid-19 vaccines were administered on Saturday, pushing the number of vaccines given this calendar week to 1,087,323. That was already almost 200 thousand more than all of last week.
An estimated 10,444,474 Covid-19 vaccine shots have been given by Dutch healthcare professionals to date, according to estimates by the RIVM.
The health agency also reported on Sunday that an additional 1,596 people tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. That pushed the seven-day average down to 2,324 on Sunday, 25 percent less than it was one week ago.
The cities with the most newly infected residents were Rotterdam (84), Amsterdam (56) and The Hague (55).To date, people in the Netherlands have tested positive for the coronavirus a total of 1,663,050 times.