Belgian daily average hits 431 new coronavirus cases as schools reopen
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    An average of 431 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 the day the new school year starts.

    The trend of new infections per day decreased by 12%, over the 7-day period from 22 to 28 August. The average number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in Belgium is continuing its decreasing trend.

    The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 85,236. 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 22 to 28 August, the authorities recorded an average of 14 new hospital admissions per day, which is a strong decrease compared to the daily average of 25 new patients the week before.

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    In total, 243 patients are currently in hospital, of which 74 are in the intensive care unit.

    An average number of 4 deaths occurred per day over the past week, which is also a decrease compared to the daily average of 7 the week before.

    The total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 9,895.

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

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times