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Coronavirus: 128 new infections, trends continue to decline

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128 additional people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium, according to figures by the Federal Public Health Service on Friday.

This brings the total number of cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 60,476. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases as well as patients who have since recovered, or died from the consequences of the virus.

The trend of new infections is still decreasing, by about 2% to 5% per day over the last 7 days.

15,430 coronavirus tests have been taken in Belgium in the past 24 hours, which brings the total number of tests taken to 1,087,369.

20 new patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, and 27 were discharged. The total number of people in hospital because of the coronavirus at the moment is 340. This trend is decreasing as well, by about 1% to 3% per day.

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Of the patients in hospital, 55 are in the intensive care unit. This trend also decreasing by about 5% per day.

12 new deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of people who died because of the coronavirus to 9,695. The trend in the number of newly-reported deaths also decreases by about 7% to 9% per day.

The early indicators of absenteeism at work and consultations with GPs for flu-like symptoms are both evolving in the right direction. The absenteeism at work continues to decrease, and the doctor consultations, with 59 per 100,000 inhabitants last week, is stabilising.

“The virus has not disappeared from our country,” said the health authorities. “So keep applying the tips to protect yourself and your family,” they added.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

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