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Weekly report: Fewer cases, higher percentage of positive tests

In the week from 31 March to 6 April, 48,186 people received a positive test result. That is a decrease of 7% compared to the week before. The number of tests decreased by 10% in the past week compared to the week before. The reproduction number was just above 1 on 22 March. The number of new patients admitted to ICU with COVID-19 in the past week increased by nearly 20% in the past week.

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In the past week, 48,186 people received a positive test result. This is 7% less than the week before. The downward trend in number of positive test results can be observed in all age categories. The largest relative decrease was in the age groups under 18 years (-11%) and over 80 years (-15%).

More than 498,000 people were tested for COVID-19 in the GGD test lanes in the past calendar week. This is a decrease of 10% compared to the week before that. This decrease may be because fewer people went to get tested during Easter weekend. The percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 rose by 8.9%, compared to 8.5% in the week before that.

Number of ICU admissions rises

1,588 people with COVID-19 were admitted to hospital in the past week. That is 45 fewer than the week before (-3%). 376 people became so ill that they had to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). That is 19% more new ICU admissions than the week before. Pressure on hospitals and hospital employees remains as high as before.

Reproduction number 1,01

On 22 March, the reproduction number was 1.01 (0.99 –1.03). That means that 100 people with COVID-19 will collectively infect another 101 people. The reproduction number is updated twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, on this dashboard. There were nearly 154,000 contagious people on 29 March.

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