The number of Covid-19 hospital admissions in Belgium continues to fall, and dropped below 2,000 for the first time since the start of November, according to preliminary data from the Sciensano national health institute.
The number of Covid-19 hospital admissions per day continues to fall sharply: between 20 and 26 December, an average of 113 patients with coronavirus were admitted per day.
On Sunday (Boxing Day), Belgian hospitals reported a total occupancy rate of 1,946 Covid-19 patients, of which 632 patients are in intensive care.
On Monday, Sciensano sometimes publishes a partial update of the figures because hospitals do not always provide figures in real-time at weekends and on public holidays.
A complete update of the figures follows on Tuesday. The figures below are those as they appeared on the Sciensano dashboard on Saturday 25 December.
Between 15 and 21 December, an average of 7,011 new infections were confirmed per day, which is a decrease of 36% compared to the previous week (8-14 December).
While the infection rate is falling, the share of Omicron infections is increasing very rapidly. For the time being, however, it is compensated by a strong decrease in the share of Delta infections.
The reproduction rate (Rt) for the period from 15 to 21 December is 0.77, a decrease of 0.05. As the number sits below 1, it means that every infected person infects fewer than one other person on average, meaning that the epidemic is decreasing in strength.