The number of new patients with COVID-19 admitted to hospital increased last week from 27 October to 2 November 2021, rising to 834 (31% more than the week before). 140 new COVID-19 patients were admitted to ICU (+20%). In the past week, 39% more people with a positive COVID-19 test were reported than in the week before. Reported figures increased in all age groups.
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Hospital admissions in the past week
The number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to hospital rose to 834 people last week, a 31% increase compared to the week before. 140 patients with COVID-19 were admitted to ICU, 23 more new patients than in the week before (+20%). There are regional differences in the hospital admissions.
In the past calendar week, relative to the number of people living in the region, the most patients with COVID-19 were admitted to hospital in the regions of Zuid-Holland-Zuid, Limburg-Zuid, Flevoland, IJsselland and Gelderland-Zuid.
Increase in positive COVID-19 tests in all regions and age groups
53,979 positive test results were reported last week*, a 39% increase compared to the previous week. Per 100,000 inhabitants, 313 people received a positive test result. More than 285,254 people were tested by the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD), 27% more than in the week before. The percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 rose from 15.3% to 16.7%, including tests to confirm the results of a self-test.
The number of reported SARS-CoV-2 infections increased in all age groups (see Figure 1). An increase in the number of reported positive tests was observed in all security regions. The highest numbers of positive test results per 100,000 inhabitants were reported in the security regions of Limburg-Noord (489), Zuid-Holland-Zuid (476), Limburg-Zuid (450), Gelderland-Midden (422) and Hollands-Midden (403).
Figure 1: Number of reported positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants, by age group, by calendar week (20 September to 31 October 2021).
Increase in nursing homes
The number of nursing home residents who have been reported as testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 has risen significantly since early October. The number of nursing home residents who tested positive for COVID-19 increased over the past few weeks, rising from 186 people who tested positive in early October (week 40) to 1022 people who tested positive last week (week 43). This brings the number of positive tests in nursing homes back up to the level in early February 2021. The number of deceased nursing home residents rose in recent weeks from 11 deaths in early October (week 40) to 46 last week (week 43). The number of reported deaths is 5 times lower compared to early February 2021.**
Figure 2: Number of reported positive tests (A) and number of reported deaths (B) among residents of nursing homes and residential centres with SARS-CoV-2, by calendar week (6 September to 31 October 2021).
Reproduction number R
The most recent reproduction number based on positive COVID-19 tests is for 18 October, and remained about the same, changing from 1.19 to 1.20 (lower limit 1.18 – upper limit 1.23). That means that 100 people who have COVID-19 will collectively infect another 120 new people. The virus is spreading more and more.
*Positive tests reported to RIVM between 27 October at 10:01 and 2 November 2021 at 10:00. The number of tests in GGD test lanes, hospital admissions and ICU admissions are shown by calendar week.
** Not all people who die have been tested for COVID-19. The actual number of people in the Netherlands who die from the consequences of COVID-19 is higher than the figures reported by the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD). An estimate for the number of people who died from the consequences of COVID-19 will become apparent later in the records on cause of death.