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, 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, chairman of the board of directors of the Dutch hospital association NVZ, said, "It is difficult for people who were hoping or hoping for an easing of restrictions. But 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 we can slowly but surely get back to normal, but I think it will take a few more weeks.'.