Some 50 Covid-19 patients hospitalised per day

Some 50 Covid-19 patients hospitalised per day
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The number of Covid-19 patients being hospitalised as a result of the virus on a daily basis continues to drop in Belgium, alongside all other major indicators.

Between 31 May and 6 June, an average of 52 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals each day — down 28% from the previous seven days, according to figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Tuesday.

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

On Monday, a total of 883 people were in Belgian hospitals due to an infection, the lowest since the start of October 2021, while the number of people being treated in intensive care sits at 76.

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

Cases and deaths

Between 28 May and 3 June, an average of 1,310 new daily Covid-19 infections were identified: a 36% drop from the previous seven days.

The average number of tests taken per day decreased by 27% to just under 8,000, which partly explains the larger drop, while the positivity rate now sits at 14.9%, meaning more than one in eight tests has a positive result.

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The highly transmissible Omicron variant, Omicron BA.2, still accounts for 98.1% of all cases.

During the same week, an average of 6.6 patients suffering from Covid-19 died on a daily basis, down by 12% from the previous week. The total number of deaths in Belgium since the start of the pandemic amounts to 31,768.

This figure 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 that were caused by the virus.

Reproduction rate, incidence, and total vaccinations

The reproduction rate is currently 0.81. 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.

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The incidence (the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) has dropped to 204 over the past 14 days.

As of Saturday, more than 9.14 million people are fully vaccinated – 89% of Belgium's adult population and 79% of the total population. Meanwhile, more than 7.15 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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