Including Friday’s early total, 189 other people with coronavirus were registered by the RIVM as needing hospital care for the past few weeks.
To date, some 24,413 have tested positive for the virus, of which 2,643 have died. The increase in 132 known fatal outcomes includes 43 as of Friday. If this figure continues, it will be the fourth consecutive day when fewer coronavirus-related deaths are recorded.
The increase of 1,316 people tested positive is due to the increase in the number of people tested in the Netherlands. The focus is always on healthcare workers, elderly patients and patients with poor health. As of Friday, nearly 116,000 tests for coronavirus had been administered. Between five and six thousand tests were processed each day. This figure has not yet been updated on Saturday.
As of Friday evening, 1,384 patients were enrolled in intensive care, 33 fewer than the day before. The total number of patients included 58 Dutch cases treated in German hospitals.
“Fortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of patients who have recovered enough to leave the intensive care unit,” said Ernst Kuipers, director of acute care coordination in the Netherlands. Since the end of February, 164 Covid-19 patients in intensive care have been treated and released, while 379 have died.
“We are at a stable high level,” said Kuipers. Even though the country is on its apparent plateau of ICU coronavirus cases, he wants hospitals to also start focusing on resuming care for patients without coronavirus-related illnesses.