Share article:
Share article:

Belgium’s new coronavirus cases continue to go down

© Belga

An average of 437 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 Saturday.

The trend of new infections per day decreased by 15%, over the 7-day period from 20 to 26 August. The average number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in Belgium has been decreasing for several days in a row.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 84,599. 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.

From 20 to 26 August, the authorities recorded an average of 15 new hospital admissions per day, compared to the daily average of 28 new patients the week before.

In total, 230 patients are currently in hospital, 23 fewer than yesterday. Of those, 72 are in the intensive care unit, five fewer than yesterday. And in ICU, 42 patients are on a respirator – two fewer than yesterday.

Six patients were admitted to hospital yesterday, and 21 were discharged.

An average number of 4.1 deaths occurred per day over the past week, which is a decrease of 57% compared to the average of the week before.

The daily number of new deaths has been going down steadily for the past week. The highest daily number in August was 13 deaths on 11 August – the highest since June 22. This period was being described as the second wave of the epidemic in Belgium.

However the Sciensano dashboard offers a reminder of how the current situation compares to the first wave. On 8 April, the number of deaths on a single day peaked at 321. And week 15, beginning on April 12, was the deadliest week so far, with 1,978 deaths – one-fifth of all of the Covid-19 deaths in Belgium.

The total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 9,891five more than yesterday.

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

The Brussels Times

Latest news

World’s largest chocolate warehouse opens in Flanders
On Thursday, Barry Callebaut – the largest global chocolate processor and manufacturer – opened the world's largest chocolate warehouse in Lokeren, ...
Belgium in Brief: Equal Opportunity To Dance
There's a phrase where I'm from, more often said in jest nowadays, but it came to my mind this morning: "Ye dancin'?" (Are you dancing?), one ...
Farmer discovers cocaine in banana boxes bought in Brussels
A Flemish farmer who purchased boxes of bananas at the market in Brussels on Tuesday came home to discover large amounts of cocaine packed among the ...
Changes to speed cameras increase likelihood of a ticket
Changes to the way speed cameras work in Flanders and Wallonia will increase the likelihood of receiving a ticket when cars pass them above the ...
Nightlife testing centre opens in central Brussels on Friday
A new coronavirus testing centre set up by the Brussels By Night Federation will open on Place Poelaert in Brussels on Friday, aiming to administer ...
Covid Safe Ticket targeted by legal action
It is less than a week that the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) has been required to participate in many social activities such as entering bars or ...
Why Belgium is regulating sex work
After decades of confusing rules and hypocritical policy, Belgium is finally regulating sex work by removing prostitution from the criminal law. ...
Parliament demands a toilet plan for Brussels
The majority parties in the Brussels Parliament have drafted a resolution asking the government to tackle the lack of free, accessible and clean ...
Coronavirus: Average infections up by more than 50% from last week
Between 11 and 17 October, an average of 3,249 people were infected with Covid-19 every day in Belgium, according to figures from the Sciensano ...
Up to 100 km/h winds expected across Belgium on Wednesday night
Gusts of up to 100 km/h are expected across Belgium on Wednesday night, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI), which has issued a ...
Cycling traffic officially added to VRT’s traffic bulletin
Usually a list of updates for drivers on busy roads, traffic bulletins will now include the latest travel news for cyclists in Belgium, VRT announced ...
MEPs call for European strategy to protect workers from asbestos
Members of the European Parliament are calling on the Commission to create a strategy for removing all abestos from buildings in order to reduce the ...