The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has passed the ten thousand.
The country’s Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) said a total of 771 people have died from the COVID-19 epidemic in the Netherlands and 10,866 have tested positive.
Schools, bars, restaurants, coffee houses and even brothels have been shut down since March 16, while school-leaving exams have been cancelled. But, the government is yet to decide if stricter measures should be adopted.
The institute said on its website: “The number of reported hospital admissions and the number of deceased patients appears to be increasing less rapidly than would be expected without measures in place. In a number of days, it can be concluded whether the number of hospital admissions and the number of deaths among reported patients is actually levelling off, and thus how well the measures are working.”
According to the AFP, more than two-thirds of the over 31,000 deaths worldwide from coronavirus have now been recorded in Europe and the Netherlands has warned people will be put under confinement if the measures already are taken do not work.