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Coronavirus hospital admissions drop, infections increase

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Belgium’s average coronavirus hospital admission have dropped, while average daily infections have increased, according to the latest official figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Friday.

Between 2 and 8 March, an average of 2,422 new people tested positive per day, which is a 2% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 798,108. 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, 292 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 15% increase compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 5 and 11 March, an average of 146.1 patients were admitted to hospital per day, a decrease of 6% compared to the week before.

In total, 1,910 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 37 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 446 are in intensive care, which is 6 fewer than yesterday. A total of 250 patients are on a ventilator – 1 more than yesterday.

From 2 to 8 March, an average number of 25.6 deaths occurred per day, marking a 3.2% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 22,370.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 9,954,558 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 43,922.9 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 6.2%.

The percentage went down by 0.3% compared to last week, while testing increased by 6%.

A total of 687,558 people in Belgium have been partially vaccinated against coronavirus, or 7.5% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 357,337 people – or 3.1% of the entire population – have been fully vaccinated.

The reproduction rate, meanwhile, now stands at 0.99, meaning that one person with coronavirus infects just under one other person on average and that the pandemic is no longer growing in Belgium.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times