On average, more than 40 people are dying as a result of coronavirus in Belgium on a daily basis, and the country has now surpassed a major mark when it comes to the number of Covid-19 deaths.
Between 21 and 27 November, an average of 40.7 people died per day from the virus, up by 12% from last week, according to figures published by the Sciensano Public Health Institute on Wednesday morning.
This brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium to 27,015. However, as a result of the vaccine, the death toll during this wave is much smaller than during previous ones.
During the same period, an average of 17,839 new coronavirus infections were identified every day, a 12% increase from the previous seven days.
The number of tests taken increased by 10% to 118,029.7 since last week, when the highest number of tests taken in one week was recorded since the start of the pandemic in Belgium. The positivity rate has risen by 0.5% since last week, now sitting at 16.1%.
Between 24 and 30 November, an average of 316.3 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals per day, a 13% increase since the previous week.
On Tuesday, a total of 3,750 people were in hospitals due to an infection (52 more than on Monday), including 780 patients being treated in intensive care (+23), with 402 on a ventilator (+5).
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The virus reproduction rate has slightly decreased to 1.07, the lowest it has been in more than one month. This figure represents the average number of people infected by each infected person, and when it is above 1, it means that the epidemic is gaining ground in Belgium.
The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, has increased by 83% and now sits at 2,052.4 over the past 14 days.
As of Monday, more than 8.83 million people in Belgium have received a first dose of the vaccine, representing 88% of the adult population, and 77% of the total population.
Meanwhile, more than 8.68 million people are fully vaccinated, accounting for 87% of the adult population in Belgium, and 75% of the total population.
Almost 1.56 million people have received a booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine, including people from certain vulnerable groups and healthcare workers, to keep the protection against the coronavirus sufficiently high. The majority of adults should have had the opportunity to get a booster dose by March 2022.