Faced with the growing number of infections and hospitalizations for Covid, the Dutch government is oriented to extend the restrictions, a sort of partial lockdown, launched in mid-November. This is what the local media reported, reporting that the decision must be announced tomorrow. And there is also a decision regarding the hospitals where, explained the Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, it is being considered whether to declare an emergency situation. This would mean that various types of interventions would be suspended, including chemotherapy and transplants, in order to guarantee beds for Covid patients.
In many hospitals, moreover, interventions and other procedures not related to Covid have already been postponed. 14 Dutch hospitals have been forced to postpone interventions on heart and cancer patients. There are currently over 2,000 Covid patients, 505 in intensive care: if the pace of admissions does not slow down, Dutch hospitals are expected to reach full capacity in 10 days. Today, 22,000 new infections have been registered, with an incidence rate of 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
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