An average of 492.3 people per day tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium during the past week, according to the latest figures by Sciensano on Thursday.
The trend of new infections per day has decreased by 8% again, over the 7-day period from 17 to 23 August. The average number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in Belgium has been decreasing for several days in a row.
The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, is 83,030. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases as well as patients who have since recovered, or died from the consequences of the virus.
From 17 to 23 August, the authorities recorded an average of 20 new hospital admissions per day, which is a decrease, compared to the daily average of 30 new patients the week before.
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In total, 261 patients are currently admitted to hospital, of which 81 are in the intensive care unit.
An average number of 6 deaths occurred per day over the past week, which is a decrease compared to the daily average of 11 the week before.
The total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 9,879. On Wednesday, the country scrapped over 100 deaths off its national Covid-19 death toll after regional officials announced a recount of coronavirus deaths recorded in nursing homes.
"The virus has not disappeared from our country," the authorities stress. "So, keep applying the tips to protect yourself and your family."
The Brussels Times