COVID-19 in the Netherlands

Netherlands // 27 November, 2020

At least 503,123 cases and 9,184 deaths have been confirmed.  View the Ministry of Health map of affected locations and the National Institute of Public Health COVID-19 information.

Status: Outbreak

27 November: About 4,000 new cases are recorded everyday. The partial lockdown which is in place will continue. From 1 December, people at increased risk of getting infected can get tested. The CoronaMelder app, the official Dutch coronavirus notification app, will notify a person about an infection risk or when identified as part of contact tracing efforts after which the person has to self-isolate. The test can be done after five days, if its negative then a person will no longer need to self-isolate.

20 November: From 1 December, face masks will be made mandatory in shops, museums, restaurants, theatres and schools excluding primary schools. This applies for those above 13 years of age.

18 November: There has been a slight decline in cases for the third week in a row. Media is reporting that some lockdown measures may ease soon.

11 November: About 4,000 cases and at least 100 deaths have been reported in a single day. South and North Holland provinces have reported the highest number of cases in the country. 

6 November: The number of hospitalisations are increasing and more deaths have been recorded. A surge in daily new case numbers has also been reported.

3 November: Additional cases continue to be reported. Some hospitals across the country have stopped admitting COVID-19 patients as ICU's and special corona wards are full. 

27 October: Increase in deaths have been reported in people of age group 65-74 age years and slightly higher in 75 years and above. This data was recorded from 8 to 14 October.

20 October: Increase in cases with hospital and ICU admissions continue to be reported. These regions are under "Severe" or "Level 4", the highest in the four tier level risk, Amsterdam-Amstelland, Zaanstreek-Waterland, Utrecht, Hollands Midden, Haaglanden, Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Zuid-Holland Zuid and Brabant-Zuidoost.

14 October: More cases continue to be recorded. Media reports that the country will return to a "partial lockdown" from today with prohibited alcohol sales in the evening. Public gathering of more than four people will also be prohibited. These measures would last four weeks but will be reviewed in two weeks time. Wearing of cloth masks in indoor areas from age 13 upwards have been made mandatory.

11 October: The number of regions classified as serious has risen to seven. These include Utrecht, Hollands Midden, Zaanstreek-Waterland and Zuid-Holland-Zuid.

9 October: Cases continue to surge upwards since early September, with a record high 5,831 daily cases reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 155,810 cases have been confirmed, of which 6,531 people have died. 

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are current hotspots for transmission. Hospital admissions have also been steadily rising since early September, with over 1,070 people currently hospitalised.

Since late September masks have been recommended in shops, and new measures enforced for limiting travel, curfews on restaurants and bars and limitations on the number of people in indoor facilities or home visitors.

4 August: The ongoing surge in cases has pushed the country back into the ‘Outbreak’ category, with cases in the last week almost double the week before. For the last five days over 300 cases have been confirmed each day. South Holland province is the current hotspot, with elevated cases also reported in North Holland and North Brabant.

See earlier news items for the Netherlands here.


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