Number of Covid-19 patients in Belgian hospitals drops to below 1,000

Number of Covid-19 patients in Belgian hospitals drops to below 1,000
A nurse walking down a hallway at a hospital. Credit: Belga/ Siska Gremmelprez

The key Covid-19 indicators have all once again dropped below the levels recorded before the small peak over the Christmas holidays.

Last week (from 13 to 19 January), an average of 51.4 patients (-22%) were hospitalised per day – down from 65 in the previous week, 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.

The total number of people infected with the virus in Belgian hospitals has dropped from a peak of around 2,000 shortly before Christmas to 811, around 200 fewer than during the previous week.

The average number of patients being treated in intensive care has fallen by 20 from seven days ago to 57. These figures also include people who were admitted for another reason and later contracted the virus.

Infections, deaths and vaccinations

Between 10 and 16 January, the average number of new Covid-19 infections recorded per day dropped by 33% to 428, down by 200 compared to the average recorded in the previous week.

Meanwhile, the number of tests carried out fell by 22% to around 5,400 per day. The positivity rate has also dropped to 9.9%, meaning slightly fewer than one in ten tests has a positive result.

The reproduction rate has slightly risen to 0.85. 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 64 from 91.

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In the same week, the average number of deaths from Covid-19 infections per day also decreased to 7.7 (-26%). The total number of deaths in Belgium since the start of the pandemic is 33,525; 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 last week, 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.

Sciensano Health Insitute has reduced the frequency of the updates it provides. The Covid-19 figures will be updated every Friday. 

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