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Increase in percentage of positive tests, hospital admissions about the same

In the past week, the number of reports of people who tested positive for the coronavirus increased by 2%. The number of people who got tested was about the same as the week before. The percentage of positive tests increased slightly last week. The reproduction rate remained just above 1. The number of new hospital admissions was comparable to the previous week.

During the past calendar week, 487,294 people had themselves tested. That is about the same (-1%) as the week before. In the past week, 317 people per 100,000 inhabitants received a positive corona test result.

In the past week, from 21 to 27 April, the number of new reports from positively tested persons increased slightly to 55,097 reports (+2%) *. The percentage of positive tests rose from 10.1% to 10.6% last week. The number of reports of positive corona tests per 100,000 inhabitants increased in almost all age groups. Only in the age group 70 to 79 years was no increase visible. In the age group 0 to 12 years the increase in the number of reports was greatest (+ 12%) compared to the previous week.

Hospital and ICU admissions
Last week, 1,661 new admissions to hospital were reported, almost the same as the week before (1,672 admissions). In the past week, 374 new admissions to the ICU were reported, also almost the same as the week before (375).

Reproduction number and contagious persons
On 12 April, the reproduction number was 1.01 (lower limit 0.88 – upper limit 1.15); last week it was 1.06. When the reproduction number is above 1, the number of people who are infected is continuing to increase. A reproduction number of 1.05 means that 100 people with COVID-19 will collectively infect another 105 people.

The number of contagious people – meaning people who are infected with the virus and in the phase of infection that they can transmit the virus to others – rose significantly within one week, from 162,000 (12 April) to more than 181,000 on 19 April.

* This is under-reporting the situation compared to the actual figures. Due to a technical malfunction in the night of 26 to 27 April, not all of the recent positive test results have been reported.

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