Hospital bed crisis may now be over, acute care chief says

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The number of hospital admissions of coronavirus patients is falling and the bed crisis could now be over, said acute care manager Ernst Kuipers in an interview with the broadcaster NOS.

The average number of newly hospitalized patients has fallen over the past week and 211 people were hospitalized on Monday, the lowest level in more than three weeks.

There are currently 626 Dutch patients in an IC ward, 15 of them in Germany and this is the highest value since May. “The IC occupancy has increased slightly, but you can always see that in this phase,” said Kuipers.

A week ago, Kuipers warned that the peak has not yet been reached and he expects 3,200 patients by mid-December.

However, he was now more optimistic, he told the broadcaster NOS. “I dare say we survived the worst, even if the overall occupancy may fluctuate in the coming days.”

Not everyone is as optimistic as Kuipers. Radboud epidemiologist Alma Tostmann told NOS that she would be happier if the decline in hospital admissions continued through the week. “Then we can definitely say that we have passed the summit,” she said.

The number of intensive care beds in the Netherlands was increased to 1,250 from Monday.

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