The government currently sees no scope for easing the coronavirus restrictions. Although more people are being vaccinated, the number of positive cases and hospital admissions are also increasing. The Coronavirus Dashboard gives you the most recent data and provides more insight into the situation.
More than two million vaccine doses have now been administered. We can see vaccination is working by the falling number of infections in nursing homes, for instance.
The coronavirus variant that was first identified in the UK now accounts for more than 80% of confirmed cases in the Netherlands. This variant is more infectious and makes more people ill. In spite of the strict measures in place, the reproduction number (R) is increasing.
The number of infectious people is high, so a small increase in the percentage of infections represents a large increase in the number of infectious people.
If the number of hospital and ICU admissions increases much further, the pressure on the health and care sector will become too high. This will result in other forms of care and treatment being scaled down. It might also result in a shortage of ICU beds.
The figures for 23 March show that people are having more trouble complying with most of the coronavirus rules. Overall, more people are saying they will get tested if they have symptoms, but this group still represents less than half of the general population. In particular, compliance with the rule of receiving only one visitor per day has been falling for weeks.
6. We’re not there yet, but vaccination is opening up prospects
The more people who get vaccinated, the quicker we can move to the next phase, in which easing measures does not lead to extra hospital and ICU admissions. We can help make this happen faster by complying more strictly with the measures and getting tested more often.