Flu figures down for the second week in a row

Flu figures down for the second week in a row
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The number of patients visiting their family doctors with flu-like symptoms has fallen sharply for the second week in a row, Belgium’s public health institute, Sciensano, said on Wednesday.

The weekly average of confirmed flu cases is 62 per 100,000 inhabitants, just above the epidemic threshold.

In addition to influenza, a number of other viruses that cause respiratory illnesses, such as the novel Coronavirus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), are still circulating, Sciensano added.

The number of people complaining of Covid-19 symptoms, or visiting their doctors when they suspect they may have the virus, has fallen.

Last week, about one in three family doctors rated their Coronavirus-induced workload as high or very high.

Meanwhile, in the first week of the year, the number of RSV infections fell below the epidemic threshold for the first time since the outbreak began. No data is yet available for the past week, according to the institute.

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