Belgium passes 14,000 coronavirus deaths, average of 200 per day
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Belgium passes 14,000 coronavirus deaths, average of 200 per day

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Belgium has recorded a total of more than 14,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic, as the infection figures and hospital admissions decrease further, according to Sciensano’s latest figures on Saturday.

Between 4 and 10 November, an average of 6,213.3 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 48% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 525,012. 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 as a result of the virus.

Over the past two weeks, 1,103.9 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, a decrease of 36% compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 7 and 13 November, an average of 486 patients was admitted to hospital, down from a daily average of 565.7 the week before.

In total, 6,762 coronavirus patients are currently admitted to hospital, 248 fewer than yesterday. Of those patients, 1,457 are currently in intensive care, which is one more than the day before. Patients on a ventilator number 897 – five fewer than yesterday.

From 4 to 10 November, an average number of 201 deaths occurred per day, up from the daily average of 184.2 the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 14,106 – 215 more than yesterday.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of over 5.4 million tests have been carried out. Of those tests, 33,600 were taken over the past week, with a positivity rate of 22%. This means that over a fifth of the people who get tested receive a positive result.

The percentage went down from 25.2% last week, and coincides with a 38% fall in the number of tests being carried out, after the authorities decided not to test patients with no symptoms.

Since 21 October, only people with coronavirus symptoms are being tested. That means that some new infections, which used to be detected, are missing in the statistics, Sciensano said. The public health institute will use statistical models to calculate those infections that are not registered under the new testing strategy.

The reproduction rate, meanwhile, has been coming down since 23 October, and now stands at 0.84. That rate (Rt) is the rate at which the virus spreads. Since it is now below 1.0, the virus seems to no longer be growing in the population.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times