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Fewer hospital admissions, but pressure on healthcare is still high

In the past week, 22% fewer people were admitted to hospital than in the week before. New arrivals in the ICU were also down by 22%. The largest decrease was seen in the groups already eligible for vaccination. Although fewer people have been admitted to hospital, the pressure on care is still very high.

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Although the number of hospital admissions has decreased, it is not yet the decrease that the OMT (Outbreak Management Team) wants to see. The OMT recommends not relaxing the measures further until hospital and IC admissions decrease by 20 percent. This is based on the current 7-day average, not based on the numbers per calender week as mentioned above.

Hospital and ICU admissions
Last week, 1,379 new people were admitted to hospital. That is 22% less than the week before, when 1,763 people were admitted. 304 people were also admitted to ICU. That is 22% less than the week before, when 388 were admitted.

The downward trend in the number of hospital admissions among people aged 80 and over, who were the first to be vaccinated, has been continuing for some time. The largest decrease in the number of new hospital admissions in the past week was in the age group 60 to 79 years: 28% less. This is mainly an effect of vaccinating increasingly younger groups.

It is the first time since the start of the epidemic that more people under 40 have been hospitalised with COVID-19 than people aged 80 and over.

Positive tests
In the past week, 354,085 people were tested. That is 14% less than the week before, when it was 410.8855 people. This seems to be influenced by the start of the May holidays. In particular, the number of people tested who were under 18 years old was lower than in previous weeks.

The number of reports of people who tested positive decreased by 10% to 47,108. The percentage of people who tested positive has increased from 11.7% to 12.3% in the past week.

In the past week, 270 people per 100,000 inhabitants received a positive test result for COVID-19, compared to 299 the week before. It decreased in nearly all age groups. The number of positive tests rose by 7% in the 18 to 24 year group only, while the largest decrease was in the 0 to 12 year group, 30% fewer tested positive. But this group was also the least tested.

Reproduction number and contagious persons
The reproduction number increased to 1.01 on April 26 (lower limit 0.99 - upper limit 1.03). On April 19, the reproduction number was 0.94. The number of contagious people has dropped to almost 149,000, from 188,000 last week.

For more information, read the weekly report of the RIVM.