Coronavirus update (March 20): 2994 confirmed cases

Coronavirus update (March 20): 2994 confirmed cases


The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment) reports that, since the last update, another 534 people in the Netherlands have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness that is caused by the new coronavirus. This means that the new total of infected people is 2994. Of this number, 725 work in the health sector- where tests are carried out more often.

Coronavirus situation in the Netherlands

Of the 2994 people infected, another 30 have died since yesterday, March 19, bringing the death toll to 106. The deceased were between 63  and 95 years old. In total, 643 patients are or have been admitted to hospital.

North Brabant has the highest number of coronavirus infections, namely 1012 positive tests. South Holland has the second-highest number of positive tests (405), followed by Limburg (366).

Speech King Willem-Alexander

The NOS reports that King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will address the country tonight at 19:00 in response to the corona crisis. This speech will be broadcast on NPO 1, NPO Radio 1, NPO Nieuws and

Stay at home

Extra measures were announced to curb the spread of the virus. These include the closure of all food and drink establishments, excluding supermarkets, the closure of schools and all fitness clubs and saunas, amongst other things. It's also no longer possible to visit nursing homes. 

Are you worried about having symptoms? Read Coronavirus: What are the symptoms and how can you avoid getting it?

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barcakovaj 16:55 | 21 March 2020

Where people can speak to push Duch authorities to do more strict rules about Coronavirus? It seems that they care more about economical situation more than human life and health.

Xander Natal Wond 22:06 | 21 March 2020

Dear all, I fully share my concerns in regards to the virus spread in Netherlands and all world. Sadly this tragedy has shown how fragile is EU and its disability in sos situation to act and ideally in advance as one strong and smart and full.of wisdom Union of the brotherhood countries. Sharing and caring. Situation with the absence of masks, which are so easy to print in million quantities will cost nothing. Always friendly Thailand which avoid Corona will gladly produce for tomorrow. Just ask. And for reflection: numbers of cases YTD in NL are high but look at 2019 health situation with the flu in NL. Oct - May 2019 Nr of reg infections +-400k pers Hospitalisations +11k Lethal cases - 2900 pers I wonder what would be the statistics for this year flu vs corona... In any case, we see that in our brother country Italy situation is screaming. For help. But instead of uniting even more we see even worse ideas to separate than Berlin Wall. It would be a miracle to have Eurasia United. Let the Light be with us. Xander Wond