Hospital admissions and deaths continue their downwards trend
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Hospital admissions and deaths continue their downwards trend

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Coronavirus related deaths and hospital admissions in Belgium are continuing their downwards trend, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Thursday.

Between 25 and 31 January, an average of 2,363.1 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 9% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 716,395. 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 as a result of the virus.

Over the past two weeks, 276.5 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is an 11% increase compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 28 January and 3 February, an average of 120.1 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 5% fewer than the week before.

In total, 1,784 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 10 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 309 are in intensive care, which is 2 fewer than yesterday. A total of 167 patients are on a ventilator – 5 fewer than yesterday.

From 25 to 31 January, an average number of 41.7 deaths occurred per day, marking a 21.7% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 21,216.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 8,388,416 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 49,469.4 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.5%.

The percentage decreased by 0.1% compared to last week, along with a 12% increase in testing.

A total of 296,950 people in Belgium have received the first dose of their vaccinations, or 3.22% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 30,145
people have received their second dose.

The reproduction rate, finally, has risen to 0.99, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects under one person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times