Weekly update on the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: 19 June 2024

Mild increase in SARS-CoV-2 in the Netherlands

Circulation of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is currently minimal in the Netherlands, but the number of people who have COVID-19 is increasing. The national average viral load detected in wastewater surveillance has been rising gradually since mid-April, and has now shown a sharp increase, rising by 78% in week 24 (10 – 16 June) compared to the week before. The percentage of participants who tested positive for COVID-19 in the Infection Radar survey is low (less than 1% in the past week*), but an upward trend has been observed in the past few weeks. The number of lab-reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 submitted by Dutch laboratories in the weekly virological status reports is also low, but has been increasingly slightly.

Besides SARS-CoV-2, other viruses and bacteria can also cause respiratory infections. See the latest situation update on respiratory viruses in the Netherlands (in Dutch). The latest situation update on SARS-CoV-2 variants is available here.

*The daily number of unique survey participants reporting a positive COVID-19 test, summed up for the entire calendar week (Monday through Sunday). The positive test result could come from a self-test, PCR test or rapid antigen test. The percentage of participants who get a COVID-19 test when they have symptoms may fluctuate over time. These results are not from the nose and throat swabs sent in through the self-test study that started in September 2022.

**On working days, the National Coordination Centre for Patient Distribution (LCPS) reports the number of newly admitted patients with SARS-CoV-2 in nursing wards between 10:00 on the previous day and 10:00 on the reporting day, and the number of beds occupied by patients with SARS-CoV-2 in the nursing wards and ICU wards at 10:00 on the reporting day. The day before the reporting day is considered to be the admission date. The average number of newly admitted patients in the nursing ward and the average number of beds occupied in the nursing ward and ICU per day for a calendar week (Monday to Sunday) is calculated by adding the number of patients or number of occupied beds per admission day in a calendar week and dividing by the number of admission days for which figures are reported.

Data of 2019/2020 season is available from week 14 of 2020. Week 53 of 2020 is not included in this figure. 

Based on data available at RIVM on Wednesdays, as published in the open data and presented on the Coronavirus Dashboard. See the webpage about Sewage water surveillance for the most recent data. See the explanation of the data presented for more details about how these figures are calculated. 

The daily number of unique survey participants reporting a positive COVID-19 test, summed up for the entire calendar week (Monday through Sunday). The positive test result could come from a self-test, PCR test or rapid antigen test. These results are not from the nose and throat swabs sent in through the self-test study that started in September 2022. Source: Infectieradar RIVM.

Hospital admissions (source LCPS)

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As of 1 June 2024, the National Coordination Centre for Patient Distribution (LCPS) has stopped publishing data on the number of patients admitted to hospital with SARS-CoV-2. For that reason, updates to the figure on hospital admissions will be discontinued as of week 23, 2024.

**On working days, the National Coordination Centre for Patient Distribution (LCPS) reports the number of newly admitted patients with SARS-CoV-2 in nursing wards between 10:00 on the previous day and 10:00 on the reporting day, and the number of beds occupied by patients with SARS-CoV-2 in the nursing wards and ICU wards at 10:00 on the reporting day. The day before the reporting day is considered to be the admission date. The average number of newly admitted patients in the nursing ward and the average number of beds occupied in the nursing ward and ICU per day for a calendar week (Monday to Sunday) is calculated by adding the number of patients or number of occupied beds per admission day in a calendar week and dividing by the number of admission days for which figures are reported.

Posting schedule for COVID-19 updates

Updates When
Weekly update on the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Weekly on Wednesday afternoon
Figures on vaccine effectiveness in preventing hospital admissions The date of the next update has not yet been determined
Mortality figures Weekly on Thursday afternoon
Figures on pathogen surveillance of virus variants Even weeks on Wednesday afternoon
Figures on coronavirus monitoring in sewage research Weekly on Wednesday afternoon
RIVM provides access to the underlying data sets for various topics related to COVID-19. This includes data on reported cases of COVID-19, pathogen surveillance results, and sewage surveillance results. The data is publicly available to download.