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RIVM sees situation deteriorating: percentage of positive tests increased again | NOW

In the past week, 46,005 positive tests were registered at the RIVM, more than 16 percent more than in the previous week (39,527). At the same time, more people also got tested: the GGDs conducted more than 500,000 tests last week. While the percentage of positive tests had fallen slightly to 7.7 percent last week, that number is now increasing again to 8.1 percent, according to the weekly figures from the RIVM.

According to the RIVM, the deterioration of the situation is reflected in the increase in the overall reproduction number (R) to 1.11 on 8 March, according to the RIVM. This means that a group of 100 infected Dutch people would currently infect 111 others and the number of infections in the country is increasing. Last Tuesday, the R-value was still at 1.06.

The number of IC and hospital admissions has also increased in the past week. The hospitals admitted 1,441 corona patients, 114 more than the week before. 313 corona patients ended up in intensive care, an increase of 39 compared to the previous week.

In addition, 223 corona-related deaths were reported in one week. A week earlier there were 204.

In total, the GGDs administered 517,338 corona tests last week, of which more than 8 percent were found to be positive. A week earlier, 461,100 corona tests were administered. Children in particular came to the test streets last week, they were most often tested for the virus, according to the RIVM, followed by people between the ages of 30 and 39.

Number of infections increased in all age groups

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Last week’s infection rates continue to rise among all age groups, especially among young people. According to the RIVM, this increase is probably due to the partial or partial reopening of education.

The number of infections per 100,000 people is still highest among 18 to 24 year olds and is at 359. The number of corona infections has increased most in the 13 to 17 age group.

The number of positive corona tests increased least in the age group 70 years and older. This can be partly explained by the vaccination program, says the RIVM.

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