Coronavirus update (March 21): 3631 confirmed cases
The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment) reports that, since the last update, another 637 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 3631.
Coronavirus situation in the Netherlands
Of the 3631 people infected, another 30 have died since yesterday, March 20, bringing the death toll to 136. The deceased were between 63 and 84 years old. In total, 836 patients are or have been admitted to hospital.
North Brabant has the highest number of coronavirus infections, namely 1180 positive tests. South Holland has the second-highest number of positive tests (486), followed by Limburg (418).
Speech King Willem-Alexander
In yesterday's speech, King Willem-Alexander expressed his condolences to the victims of the coronavirus and his appreciation for everyone who contributes to the fight against it. He also called upon the people of the Netherlands to combat loneliness. Around 6.7 million people watch the king's speech.
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.
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