As most of Europe has seen the rate of infection rise driven by the latest Omicron wave, in Belgium the number of infections, hospitalisations, and deaths continues to fall.
According to the latest figures released on Wednesday morning by the Sciensano public health institute, between 12 and 18 December, an average of 8,300 positive cases were detected each day. This is 36% less than the previous seven days, Belga News Agency reports.
However, Belgium has now passed the milestone of 28,000 Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began and now stands at 28,035.
The rate of reproduction also continues to fall and currently stands at 0.76. When it is below 1 this means that the pandemic is falling in intensity.
Between 12 and 18 December, an average of 37 people per day died of Covid-19. This is 22% less than the previous week.
Between 15 and 21 December, an average of 173 Covid patients were admitted to hospital every day (-34%). There are currently 2,451 people in hospital due to Covid (-25%), of whom 709 are in intensive care (-13%).
Belgium has yet to decide on how its coronavirus strategy will evolve after the most recent measures were introduced two weeks ago. However, as neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands and France double down efforts to prevent the virus spread, it is unlikely that current restrictions will be relaxed at today’s Consultative Committee.