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Weekly update

Last week, 201,536 positive corona tests were reported to RIVM. That is an increase of 77% compared to last week. Never before have we seen such large numbers of reported infections in a week.

Positive Tests
In the past week, 201,536 people received a positive test result. That is considerably more than the week before: when 113,554 people received a positive test result. The number of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants rose from 639 to 1,147. Last week, 589,564 people were tested, which is 66% more than last week, when there were 354,386. The percentage of positive tests in the GGD test streets rose from 30.8% to 34.2%.

The number of people with reinfections – people who become infected again 2 months or more after the previous infection – is rising sharply. From the summer to mid-December 2021, an average of 3% of the reports was a reinfection. With the increase of the omikron variant, the share of reinfections rises sharply. In week 51 there was a reinfection in 5%, a week later this was 8%. In the first week of this year (January 3-9), this percentage increased to 13%.

Hospital and ICU admissions
The number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 fell from 1,046 to 873 people. Fewer new COVID-19 patients were admitted to the ICU than the week before: 143 people in the past week, compared to 171 people a week earlier.

Reproduction number
The reproduction number has increased from 1.02 to 1.26.
For more information, view the weekly update of the RIVM.