THE HAGUE, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands rose from five to ten in one day, while the number of people who tested positive for the virus increased by 190 to 804 on Friday.
The new numbers were made public by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). On March 9, the number of infected people was 321 and the first positive test for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Netherlands came in on Feb. 27.
On Thursday, the Dutch government announced stricter measures to curb the spread of the virus by ordering the cancelation of events of 100 people or more until April 1. Accordingly, all soccer matches in the country have been called off and the Rotterdam Marathon is also postponed.
On Friday, the biggest theme park of the Netherlands, Efteling, decided to close its doors until March 31. Primary and secondary schools remain open until further notice, while universities are closed and switch to online lectures.
The Dutch government has called on people to work from home as much as possible.