Pressure on hospitals But there was relief among hospital staff who learned to their dismay last week that the government wanted to ease restrictions while nearly three-quarters of intensive care beds are occupied by coronavirus patients. Another 8 288 infections were reported on Sunday, the highest daily number in two weeks, while more than 2 500 people are being treated for the virus in hospital, 788 of them in intensive care. Ad Melkert, chairman of the board of the Netherlands Association of Hospitals NVZ, said, "This is difficult for people who had hoped or hoped for an easing of restrictions. However, they are still badly needed, because in our hospitals all hands are on deck. First we need to get the virus under control, get more people vaccinated, and ease the pressure on the hospitals. Then, slowly but surely, we can return to normal, but I think it will take a few weeks.