Fewer than 3,000 daily Covid-19 infections in Belgium

Fewer than 3,000 daily Covid-19 infections in Belgium
A Covid-19 patient being treated inside the Intensive Care unit of the Clinique CHC MontLegia, in Liege. Credit: Belga

An average of 2,900 new daily Covid-19 infections were identified between 30 July and 5 August, down 27% from the previous seven days, according to figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Tuesday.

The average number of tests taken per day decreased by 2,000 from last week to 11,400, while the positivity rate was 28.2%, meaning fewer than three in ten tests have a positive result.

Omicron BA.5 remains the dominant strain, accounting for 77.7% of all infections. The strain is said to be no more or less infectious than the other Omicron subvariants but is effective at circumventing people’s accumulated immunity.

The number of deaths as a result of the virus also decreased, with 9.6 Covid-19 patients dying each day over the past seven days (-32% from the previous week).

The total number of deaths in Belgium since the start of the pandemic is 32,329, including people who died of another cause but who were infected, meaning it is an overestimate of Covid-19 deaths.

Situation in Belgian hospitals

In the last seven days, an average of 106.7 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals each day – a 17% decrease from the previous seven days. This only includes the number of people hospitalised because of the virus.

On Monday, a total of 1,640 people were in Belgian hospitals due to an infection, 130 fewer than on Friday last week, while the number of people being treated in intensive care sits at 124 (+2%). This number includes patients admitted with a different condition who later tested positive.

Reproduction rate, incidence, and total vaccinations

The reproduction rate (the average number of people that contract the virus from each infected person) sits at 0.86. When it is below 1, it means that the epidemic is slowing down in Belgium. The incidence (the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) was 416 over the past 14 days.

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As of Saturday, almost 9.1 million people are fully vaccinated – 89% of Belgium's adult population and 79% of the total population. This figure was higher, but since the end of June, this figure takes into account vaccinated people who died.

Meanwhile, more than 7.18 million people have received a booster dose of the vaccine, representing 76% of over-18s and 62% of the entire population. From September onwards, an additional booster will be available to a larger group of the population. Find out if you are eligible here

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