Coronavirus update (March 31): 722 new corona patients in hospital
The RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment) reports that, since the last update, another 845 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 12.595.
Coronavirus situation in the Netherlands
Of the 12.595 people infected, another 175 have died since yesterday, March 30, bringing the death toll to 1039. In total, 4712 (+722) patients are or have been admitted to hospital. As not all people are getting tested, the true number of people infected with the new coronavirus is higher than reported.
Measures were announced to curb the spread of the virus on top of those already in place, including the closure of all food and drink establishments, excluding supermarkets, the closure of schools and all fitness clubs and saunas. It's also no longer possible to visit nursing homes.
New measures include the ban of all social gatherings until June 1, with the 100-people limit no longer being valid; 1,5 metres of distance to be kept, failure to adhere can result in a fine; and a maximum of three visitors in a house if the 1,5-metre distance rule can be kept, amongst other things.
On Tuesday, March 31, at 19:00, the cabinet will announce whether the existing measures will be extended and whether new measures will be added.
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