New Dutch coronavirus cases decline in past week

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FILE PHOTO: A man demonstrates how a Covid-19 breath test works, in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus cases in the Netherlands declined in the week through April 4, health officials said in a weekly review published on Tuesday, in part due to a decline in people being tested.

It was the first weekly decline in seven weeks, according to data from the National Institute for Health (RIVM).

The RIVM registered a 7% decline in new cases to 48,186, but the number of people who got a test declined by 10% due to the Easter holiday.

The RIVM says that the Netherlands is undergoing a third wave of the virus that it forecasts will peak in late April as vaccination levels increase.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Giles Elgood)