Over 80% of adults in Belgium have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, as the epidemiological situation worsens, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published on Friday morning.
As of Wednesday, 80.2% of the adult population in Belgium had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to just over 7.4 million people.
Of these, just over 4.4 million people (48.4% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.
Between 29 June and 5 July, an average of 628 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, a 78% increase from the average of the previous week.
The daily average of testing over the past week increased by 47% since last week (an average of 64,470.6 tests were carried out), whilst the positivity rate has slightly increased to 1.1%.
The number of tests being taken has increased over the last week as a result of people travelling during the holidays.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,092,477 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.
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During the same period, an average of 3.3 people died per day from the virus (down by 8% from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,196 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, and continuing a period of constant decline.
Between 2 and 7 July, there was an average of 17.9 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 19% decrease compared to the previous reference period.
On Thursday, a total of 250 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (six fewer than on Wednesday) of whom 95 (-4) people were being treated in intensive care, and 70 people (-1) were on a ventilator.
The incidence, which indicates the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, has dropped by 8% since the last 14-day period but has increased since June, as it now sits at 59.8.
The reproduction rate of the coronavirus jumped to 1.09 from 0.84 on Tuesday. When this figure is higher than 1, it means the pandemic is gathering pace in Belgium.
The Brussels Times