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Over 8,000 new corona virus infections in the past week: Dutch health institute

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Wednesday 16 September 2020

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A further 8,265 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the last week, the RIVM health institute said on Tuesday in its weekly update.

This is rise of some 50% on the week before, when the tally was 5,427.

The number of hospital admissions have also more than doubled, local health boards reported. Some 92 people were registered as having been admitted to hospital in the seven days to Tuesday morning, compared to 43 the week before. There were fewer deaths, 14 in the last week compared to 17 in the preceding week.

Most infections were again found in Amsterdam (1,251), The Hague (761) and Rotterdam (701). People in their 20s again accounted for most of the new infections.

Nearly 200,000 people took a coronavirus test in the past week, and the positive rate has risen from 2.8% to 3.9%.

The figures also show that the R number, which indicates the average number of people infected by one patient, has been going up from August 17. The latest probe, on August 28, showed it is now stands at 1.38.

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