Risk levels of the safety regions

At least once every two weeks - or more often if necessary - we assess the coronavirus situation in the various safety regions. We call this the risk level. This page shows the risk level of all regions. We also explain how risk levels are determined.

Current risk level

To determine the risk level for each region, we look at two numbers: the number of confirmed cases and the number of hospital admissions. The most serious of these two numbers determines the risk level. Below you can see how many regions fall under which risk level. Click on a risk level to see which regions fall under it, and how they scored on the two numbers.

  • Determined on 8 June

  • Based on figures from 31 May to 6 June

  • Will be reassessed around 22 June

Positive tests
per 100,000 inhabitants per week
Hospital admissions
per 1 million inhabitants per week
Drenthe
76
14.2
Gooi en Vechtstreek
60
15.6
Groningen
63
13.7
IJsselland
92
9.4
Kennemerland
67
14.5
Zuid-Limburg
81
13.4

What do the four risk levels mean?

The four levels of risk mean the following:

1. Caution

The situation is manageable. The number of new confirmed cases is low. There is sufficient healthcare capacity.

2. Concern

The situation is becoming difficult to manage. There are many new confirmed cases. Pressure on healthcare capacity is increasing.

3. Serious

The situation is serious. The number of new confirmed cases is large. Pressure on healthcare capacity is very high.

4. Severe

The situation is severe. The number of new confirmed cases is extremely high. Pressure on healthcare capacity is extreme.

When does which risk level apply?

We look at the number of new confirmed cases and the number of hospital admissions in a region to determine its risk level. The highest figure is what counts. For example, if the number of new confirmed cases is at the ‘serious’ level and the number of hospital admissions is at ‘concern’, the risk level for the region will be set at ‘serious’.

This table shows the range in values for the two indicators (new confirmed cases per 100,000 and hospital admissions per million inhabitants) at each risk level.

Example: in a particular region, the number of new confirmed cases per week is 80 per 100,000 inhabitants (risk level 'Concern') and the number of hospital admissions per week is 18 per million inhabitants (risk level 'Serious'). The risk level for that region is ‘Serious’.

How are risk levels determined?

At least once every two weeks – or more often if necessary – the risk level of each region is assessed on the basis of the number of new confirmed cases and the number of hospital admissions there. This assessment is done automatically. Changes to a region’s risk level are published each time on the dashboard.

The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) regularly reviews the indicators (number of hospital admissions and number of new cases) for each risk level. If they are no longer fit for purpose, the OMT advises the government on new values for these indicators. The OMT also investigates whether it is necessary to introduce new indicators to keep pace with the changing situation. For instance, a new testing policy, improved vaccination coverage or new virus variants could render the original indicators unsuitable.

What are the risk levels for?

The government has three objectives:

  • to ensure maximum protection for people who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19;
  • to avoid overburdening the healthcare system;
  • to monitor the spread of the virus closely and take action when necessary.

A lot of data is generated about coronavirus and the pandemic. The risk levels give everyone a clear overview of the most important figures and of the situation in each region.

How are the corona measures determined?

The government determines which measures must be taken and has drawn up an opening plan. In it, the government shows how it can gradually ease the measures and open up society again. The opening plan is based on the coronavirus roadmap.

This page on this dashboard shows the measures that currently apply.