Coronavirus: 21 hospital admissions, 89 discharged in Belgium
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    Coronavirus: 21 hospital admissions, 89 discharged in Belgium

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    82 additional people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium in the last 24 hours, according to figures by the Federal Public Health Service on Thursday.

    This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 58,767. 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.

    50 of the newly-infected people live in Flanders, 25 live in Wallonia, and 7 live in Brussels.

    21 new patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, and 89 people have been discharged, bringing the total number of people in hospital because of the coronavirus at the moment to 733.

    Of the patients in hospital, 143 are in the intensive care unit, which is a further decrease of 29 patients.

    Since March 15, a total of 16,048 patients have been declared recovered and discharged from hospital.

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    28 new deaths have been reported, of which 16 occurred in hospitals, and were confirmed cases. 12 of the deaths were reported by residential care centres, of which 83% were confirmed by a test.

    The total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 9,548, of which 48% occurred in hospitals, 51% in residential care centres, 0.3% at home, and 0.5% somewhere else.

    The hospital deaths are all confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of the deaths in residential care centres, 26% are confirmed cases, and 74% are suspected ones.

    “New infections are still being detected in our country, but the trends are declining,” the FPS said. “So, persevere and follow the general measures, take good care of yourself and others.”

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times