Hospitals in the Netherlands were treating fewer than 200 Covid-19 patients for the first time since October 26. Even after accounting for new patient admissions, the ICU total on Thursday stood at 198, compared to 206 the previous day.
At the end of September, the government released a large number of restrictions that led to an immediate surge in the number of coronavirus infections. Hospitalizations started to rise steadily a week later, and intensive care figures marched upwards from mid-October. At its peak, there were 662 Covid-19 patients in intensive care on December 12.
That figure steadily declined for months. It fluctuated between 205 and 250 for the past two weeks, until it dipped below 200 on Thursday, according to data from the LCPS.