Fewer than 5,000 daily Covid cases in Belgium, all indicators dropping

Fewer than 5,000 daily Covid cases in Belgium, all indicators dropping
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The number of new Covid-19 cases recorded in Belgium dropped below 5,000 per day, and all other indicators are also showing a downward trend, according to the figures published by the Sciensano Health Institute on Tuesday.

Between 23 and 29 April, an average of 4,785 new daily Covid-19 infections were identified, a 20% drop from the previous seven days. The positivity rate now sits at 27.3%, meaning just over one out of four tests have a positive result.

The highly transmissible Omicron variant, Omicron BA.2, now accounts for 94.8% of all cases.

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During the same week, an average of 15.1 patients suffering from Covid-19 died on a daily basis, down by 23% from the previous week. The total number of deaths in Belgium since the start of the pandemic amounts to 31,494.

This figure also includes people who died of another cause of death, but who happened to be infected, meaning there may be an overestimate of Covid-19 deaths caused by the virus.

Situation in hospitals

Between 26 April and 2 May, an average of 137.9 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals each day – down 22% from the previous seven days.

This number reflects how many people are hospitalised directly because of the virus, not those who are admitted with another condition and then test positive for Covid-19.

On Monday, a total of 2,227 people were in Belgian hospitals due to an infection, 200 fewer than last Friday. Meanwhile, the number of people being treated in intensive care sits at 133 (-13).

This number covers all patients who tested positive for Covid-19, including those who were first admitted with a different condition.

Reproduction rate, incidence, and total vaccinations

The reproduction rate (Rt) is currently 0.85. This figure represents the average number of people that contract the virus from each infected person. When it is below 1, it means that the epidemic is slowing down in Belgium.

The incidence (the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) has dropped to 654 over the past 14 days.

As of Monday, almost 9.14 million people are fully vaccinated – 89% of Belgium’s adult population and 79% of the total population. Meanwhile, more than 7.13 million people have received a booster dose of the vaccine, representing 75% of over-18s and 62% of the entire population.

The frequency of Sciensano’s update on the epidemiological situation has also been adjusted: although it will “continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 situation in the country,” it will only publish an update twice a week – on Tuesday and Friday – rather than on a daily basis.

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