Fall coronavirus wave may have started, says RIVM

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The number of registered positive coronavirus tests is increasing, which may have “began the expected fall wave,” the Institute for Health Research RIVM said on Tuesday.

The total number of positive tests, hospitalizations and major reproductive rates have all risen in the past week, RIVM said in its weekly update. likely new wave.

“Vaccinations and testing are very important at this stage to prevent numbers from rising too quickly,” the institute said.

In total, the lab has recorded 12,269 positive tests over the past seven days. This was the highest number since August 13 and was up 39% from the previous week. This figure does not reflect the actual number of infected people, as GGD test centers currently only check health care workers, those who cannot self-test, and those who require a coronavirus certificate. not.

The number of hospitalized patients is also increasing. Last week, 287 people were hospitalized with coronavirus, the most in five weeks. In total, 596 people are being treated in hospital for coronavirus, of which 35 are in intensive care units. RIVM describes this number as “relatively low.”

The reproduction number, a measure of how quickly the virus spreads, also rose to 1.1, the highest since July. That means her group of 100 infected with coronavirus will infect 110 more.

vaccination

As part of winter preparations, the government launched a new vaccination campaign earlier this month. All persons aged 12 and over are eligible for a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if they have not had a booster her jab or coronavirus infection in the past three months.

Just over two-thirds of adults are classified as fully immunized. So, got her first two vaccines in 2021 and got a booster last winter.

However, according to Survey by I&Oabout half of adults in the Netherlands do not plan to receive a booster vaccine against coronavirus this fall.

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