The Netherlands is starting to turn red again on the European corona map

In recent weeks, the position of the Netherlands had actually improved, because the number of positive tests decreased week after week. In September the whole country was red, since last week the whole country is orange. There were even prospects that the first provinces could turn green, the lowest warning color. That has been eliminated due to the ‘autumn increase’.

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.

The health service 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.

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