For the first time since mid-November, the average number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Belgium fell below the mark of 15,000 per day on Saturday, according to the latest figures.
Between 2 and 8 December, an average of 14,680 new coronavirus infections were identified every day, a 17% decrease from the previous seven days – meaning that the drop is accelerating.
In the same week, nearly 700,000 Covid-19 tests were taken, of which 116,006 came back positive: the positivity rate is now 16.6%.
Between 5 and 11 December, an average of 275 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals per day.
On Saturday, a total of 3,283 people were in hospitals due to an infection, which is 81 fewer than the day before, including 840 patients being treated in intensive care (+2).
On Sunday, the update of the coronavirus figures in Belgium is not as complete as on weekdays, as only several parameters are published by the cabinet of Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, instead of the complete overview usually provided by the Sciensano national health institute.