Some 336 more people who tested positive for coronavirus required treatment in Dutch hospitals, the lowest reported increase in new hospitalizations linked to the virus since March 26. The data represents several days of admissions data, which brings the total number of people in the Netherlands who were hospitalized with coronavirus up to 6,622.
Another 148 patients in the Netherlands who tested positive for coronavirus have died. The total number of infected people in the country who have passed away stood at 1,487 on Friday afternoon, according figures published by the RIVM.
Of the first 100 patients admitted to the Elisabeth TweeSteden hospital in Tilburg with the coronavirus, 20 have died, doctor, microbiologist and virologist Jean-Luc Murk, who works at the hospital, said on television program Jinek. The average age of the admitted patients was 72 years and 67 percent were male, Murk said, ANP reports.
As the spread of coronavirus continued throughout the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte implored people in the country to stop shaking hands. He made the statement, along with new advice to Noord-Brabant residents to work from home whenever possible, hours after the country's top health agency released statistics that showed that there have been 321 positive tests and the patients live in 100 different municipalities.
There was a massive jump in positive coronavirus tests since Saturday afternoon among people living in Breda, according to statistics provided by health agency RIVM. The city is now home to 16 people with the new strain of the virus, out of 90 across the Noord-Brabant province.
Breda is now the city in the Netherlands with the most positive cases, followed by Rotterdam with 14, Houten and Utrecht with 13 each, and Tilburg with 12. There were six people being treated in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
Two patients diagnosed separately with coronavirus in the Netherlands died in their hospital beds this weekend, health agency RIVM confirmed. In the past 24 hours, another 77 have tested positive for the Covid-19 strain of the virus making the country's total number of patients 265, a 41 percent increase.
The patients who passed away include an 86-year-old man who was being treated at the Bernhoven Hospital in Uden, and an 82-year-old man at the Zuyderland Medical Center in Sittard-Geleen. "The source of these patients' infection is under investigation," the RIVM stated.
An 86-year-old man admitted to the Ikazia Hospital in Rotterdam with a Covid-19 infection died on Friday, public health institute RIVM announced. He is the first patient in the Netherlands to die as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.