March 18, 2020 / 1:42 PM / 17 days ago

Dutch confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 346, 15 new deaths

A cyclist crosses an empty square in central Maastricht after Dutch schools, cafes, restaurants and sport clubs were told to close down as the Netherlands imposed tight restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Netherlands March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Netherlands rose by 346 on Wednesday to 2,051, health officials said, a 20 percent increase from a day earlier, with 15 new deaths.

The latest figures bring the total number of deaths to 58, the country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in a statement.

The RIVM that cases were concentrated in the southern Dutch province of Brabant, and include 485 healthcare workers, though that may reflect more frequent testing, it said.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alex Richardson

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