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Pressure on Dutch Hospitals increases as COVID Cases Hit Record Records

(Reuters) – Dutch hospitals are feeling a strain from a surge of COVID-19 patients however the worst is yet to be revealed according to the president of the country’s hospital association.

The number of patients suffering from COVID-19 in Dutch hospitals increased to around 2500 on Monday, with nearly 400 in intensive care, reaching the highest level since May.

With nearly 250 new admissions each day The hospitals are expected to surpass last winter’s record of nearly 2,800 coronavirus patients within a matter of a week, the LNAZ association’s chief, Ernst Kuipers, told lawmakers.

“We aren’t at the peak yet, but numbers will continue to rise,” Kuipers said.

In order to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 in urgent need hospitals across the nation have reduced their regular care for a few weeks.

Hospitals in Limburg’s southern province, one of the most affected regions, said last week they did not have enough staff or space to care for more coronavirus patients.

The Netherlands returned to a partial lockdown last weekend after the government ordered stores and restaurants to close early and prohibited spectators from sporting events in order to limit the rumbling increase in cases.

The week that ended on Monday was awash with more than 100,000 new infections, the most cases in one week since the outbreak began.

The country of 17.5million has seen an average of 14,500 new cases per day in the last week. This is more than the record for December of just under 13,000 infections per day.

Coronavirus cases are at record levels across Europe and the world, with Germany having the highest rate since the start of the pandemic on Monday, while Austria was placed in lockdown for people not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Nearly 85% of Dutch adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The country will begin to give booster shots to elderly and health professionals at close of this week.

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