THE HAGUE, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The number of new COVID-cases 19 in the Netherlands exceeded 5,000 between Wednesday and Thursday, the largest single daily total in three months, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Thursday.
The RIVM reported 5,223 new coronavirus infections, compared to 4,602 positive tests in the 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday. Seven people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to four reported deaths a day earlier.
In its latest weekly count, the RIVM said that between Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, 25,751 people tested positive for COVID-19, a week-on-week increase of 44 percent. Increases were reported in all regions and age groups.
According to the RIVM, the fresh spike in infections was related to the relaxation of the COVID- measures over three weeks ago and to the seasonal effect.
Most people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the country have not been vaccinated, the RIVM said.
According to the latest count, 87.1 percent of people in the Netherlands aged 18 and over have received at least one vaccine dose and 83.5 percent are fully vaccinated. The respective figures for those aged 12-plus are 84.9 percent and 81.4 percent.