Covid-19 cases continue to drop, 65 hospitalisations per day

Covid-19 cases continue to drop, 65 hospitalisations per day
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The peak in Covid-19 hospitalisations that took place at the end of last year seems to have officially died down. The number of patients hospitalised as a result of infection has halved from around 2,000 shortly before Christmas.

Last week (from 6 to 12 January), an average of 65.3 patients were hospitalised per day – down from 96 last Friday, figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Friday morning showed. This figure only includes the number of people hospitalised because of the virus.

Meanwhile, the total number of people infected with the virus in Belgian hospitals continued to drop to 1,025 patients, 500 fewer than last week. The average number of patients being treated in intensive care has fallen below 100 and now sits at 76. These figures also include people who were admitted for another reason and later contracted the virus.

Infections, deaths and vaccinations

Between 3 and 9 January, the average number of new Covid-19 infections recorded per day dropped by 27% to 634, down by 200 compared to the average last week. The number of tests carried out fell by 13% to around 6,900 per day. The positivity rate has also dropped to 11.2%, meaning slightly fewer than one in eight tests has a positive result.

The reproduction rate has dropped to 0.79. When this figure is lower than 1, it means that the epidemic is slowing down. The incidence (the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) has dropped to 91 from 136 last week.

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In the same week, the average number of deaths from Covid-19 infections per day also decreased to 9.6 (-22%). The total number of deaths in Belgium since the start of the pandemic is 33,478; however, this includes people who died of another cause but who were infected, meaning it is an overestimate of Covid-19 deaths.

As of Saturday, nearly 7.23 million people received a first booster dose of the vaccine, representing 76% of over-18s and 62% of the entire population, while more than 3.86 million people also received a second booster dose, equivalent to 42% of over-18s and 33% of the total population.

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