A group of hospitals in the southern province of Limburg in the Netherlands today called on the government to take action to address the rise in covid-19 cases, stressing that it no longer has staff or beds for young coronavirus patients.
Covid-19 cases in the Netherlands, as in other European countries, are approaching record levels despite the fact that on average in the EU 85% of adults have been immunized.
Last week, the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced new measures to stem the spread of the virus, two months after social isolation rules were lifted.
The new measures envisage, among other things, the use of a mask in stores and the wider use of the health pass.
However, the number of cases in the Netherlands continues to rise and the Dutch Institute for Health (RIVM) is expected to announce later today a record number of infections for the past 24 hours, more than the 12,997 reported on December 20, 2020.
“We are heading for a health catastrophe and the whole system is blocking,” the five hospitals in Limburg said in a letter to Rutte. “We are convinced that the rest of the Netherlands will soon be in the same situation.”
Hospitals have called for new measures to be adopted, but for immediate doses of covid-19 vaccines to be given immediately to the elderly and vulnerable.
The Ruthe government has indicated that repeat vaccine doses will be given to people over the age of 60 six months after the second dose.
The Dutch authorities are going to announce whether they will take new measures during a press conference scheduled for Friday.
Source From: Capital