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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. Sunday revealed another 8,288 infections, the highest daily number for 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 Dutch NVZ Association of Hospitals, said, "This is difficult for people who were hoping or counting on the restrictions being eased. But they are still very much needed, because it is all hands on deck in our hospitals. First we need to get the virus under control, vaccinate more people and reduce the pressure on hospitals. Then we can return to business as usual, but I think that will take a few weeks.

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