AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Deaths in the Netherlands in the week of April 6-12 were around 2,000 higher than in an average week, national statistics agency CBS said on Friday.

The National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) attributed 971 deaths to COVID-19 that week.

Around 5,000 people in the Netherlands died that week, the CBS said, up from from 2,900 a year earlier.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer; editing by Jason Neely)