Sunday’s cabinet meeting has been postponed for a week since the cabinet has no plans to change the coronavirus rules in the near future.
Ministers have said in a statement that coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions have passed the peak, and right now ‘the decline is not sufficiently visible to take any further step’.
Moreover, 2,700 people are being treated in hospitals, and around 800 are in an IC ward. Ministers stressed in a statement that the pressure on intensive care hospital wards and on the hospital system itself is too high.
The next step of the government’s five-point plan to reopen and go back to normal had been hoped to happen on May 11, by opening museums, gyms, and zoos, but since the coronavirus infection rates are still high, this cannot be happening yet.
The average age of coronavirus patients is declining
Many more people under the age of 50 are being treated in regular and intensive care wards hospitals, the doctors have told Trouw. The average age of coronavirus patients is declining because of the vaccination program, and there is a rise in the number of younger adults who have a serious disease.
Doctors all over the country are reporting younger patients, Robin Peters, a professor at Erasmus university’s teaching hospital told Trouw.
“There is an increasing amount of evidence that more young people are ending up in the hospital due to coronavirus,’ Peters said. “Some 75% of the patients are from 30 to 50 years old, and they are healthy young people who are now seriously ill in the hospital”, he continued.