Belgian average drops slightly, 490 new coronavirus infections per day
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An average of 490 people per day tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium during the past week, according to the latest figures by Sciensano on Wednesday.

The trend of new infections per day has decreased by 8% over the 7-day period from 16 to 22 August. The average number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in Belgium continues to decrease.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, is 82,447. 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.

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From 19 to 25 August, the authorities recorded an average of 22 new hospital admissions per day, which is a decrease of 8 patients to the daily average of the week before.

In total, 282 patients are admitted to hospital, of which 85 are in the intensive care unit.

An average number of 7 deaths occurred per day over the past week, which is a decrease of 2 compared to the daily average the week before.

The total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 9,878. The country scrapped over 100 deaths off its national Covid-19 death toll after regional officials announced a recount of coronavirus deaths recorded in nursing homes.

“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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