Pressure on hospitals But there was no relief among hospital staff who learned with dismay last week that the government planned to ease restrictions while nearly three-quarters of intensive care beds are occupied by coronavirus patients. Sunday, another 8,288 infections were announced, the highest daily number in two weeks, while more than 2,500 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, 788 of them in intensive care. Ad Melkert, general director of the Dutch hospital association NVZ, said, "This is difficult for people who had hoped or expected that restrictions would be eased. However, they are still urgently needed because our hospitals have their hands full. First of all, the virus must be brought under control, more people must be vaccinated and the pressure on the hospitals must be eased. Then things will slowly but surely return to normal, but I think it will take a few weeks."
It will take a few weeks.