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Average Covid-19 deaths per day increased to seven

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Around seven people are dying every day as a result of the coronavirus in Belgium, a slight increase from the death rate last week.

Between 19 and 25 September, an average of seven people died per day from the virus, an 11% increase compared to last week, when this figure dropped to below six.

This brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium to 25,581, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute on Wednesday morning.

During the same period, an average of 1,924 new coronavirus infections were identified every day, a 7% decrease from the previous seven days.

Meanwhile, the average number of tests remains relatively high, as 47,680.7 tests were taken, a 1% increase since last week. The positivity rate sits at 4.5%, a 0.3% decrease since last week.

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Between 22 and 28 September, on average, 53.7 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals per day, a 6% decrease since the previous week.

On Tuesday, a total of 702 people were in hospitals due to an infection (1 fewer than on Monday), including 207 patients being treated in intensive care (-3), with 112 on a ventilator (-6).

The virus reproduction rate has risen to 0.99 after falling below 0.90 last week. This figure represents the average number of people infected by each infected person, and when it is lower than 1, it means that the epidemic is slowing down.

The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, has increased slightly and now sits at 242.2 over the past 14 days.

As of Monday, more than 8.56 million people in Belgium have received a first dose of the vaccine, representing 86% of the adult population, and 74% of the total population.

Meanwhile, more than 8.38 million people are fully vaccinated, accounting for 85% of the adult population in Belgium, and 73% of the total population.

As the vaccination campaign across Belgium is coming to a halt, these figures rarely increase on a daily basis.

The Brussels Times

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