In recent weeks, the Netherlands has always been able to take a step back on the map of the European health service ECDC. In September the whole country was red, last week the whole country was orange.
The number of positive tests has increased in the past week. The expected increase in the autumn seems to have started, says the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). If that increase continues, more provinces will switch from orange to red next week. This chance is greatest in Utrecht, South Holland, Overijssel and Gelderland.
The ECDC, the European counterpart of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, publishes the map every Thursday. The service looks at the number and percentage of positive tests in the two previous calendar weeks. The card has four colors. From low to high, these are green, orange, red and dark red. Countries can decide on the basis of the map to tighten the rules for travelers from other countries.
Limburg is currently the biggest fire source. In the past two calendar weeks, approximately 2,250 residents of the province have tested positive. That equates to 201 cases in every 100,000 people. The province of Utrecht counted 2,635 positive tests, which is equivalent to 199.7 per 100,000 people. That’s just below the line between orange and red. If four more new cases had been added, Utrecht would also turn red.
Overijssel is the fastest climber. More than 1,950 people have tested positive there in the past two weeks, almost 38 percent more than with last week’s corona card. In Gelderland, the number of positive tests increased by 35 percent and in Drenthe by 30 percent.