The number of coronavirus infections in Belgium continues to rise rapidly, as the daily average doubled to over 10,000 cases per day over the past week, according to provisional data of the Sciensano national health institute.
Between 24 and 30 December, an average of 10,126 new infections was confirmed per day in Belgium – a 52% increase in the weekly average compared to the previous week (17-23 December). On Thursday 30 December, just under 16,000 confirmed infections were registered.
The number of hospital admissions also rose slightly, with an average of 149 new Covid-19 patients per day between 27 December and 2 January. The previous average was 143 admissions per day.
On Sunday 2 January, the Belgian hospitals reported an occupation rate of 1,765 Covid-19 patients – up from 1,704 on Saturday but fewer than 2,000 on Christmas Eve.
In intensive care, the figures continue to fall: 508 Covid-19 patients are currently admitted to the ICU, which is 19 fewer than on Saturday.
On Sunday and Monday, Sciensano does not publish a full update of the figures because hospitals do not have to report figures at weekends and on public holidays.
A new, complete update of the coronavirus figures in Belgium will only be published on Tuesday.