Covid-19: Main indicators broadly stable, but infection still growing
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Covid-19: Main indicators broadly stable, but infection still growing

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Belgium’s coronavirus reproduction rate remains about 1.0, and new infections are rising slowly, while hospital number and deaths are going down, according to the latest figures published by the public health institute Sciensano on Sunday.

Between 28 January and 3 February, an average of 2,339.6 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 4% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 721,432. 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, 279.8 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 14% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Between 31 January and 6 February, an average of 122.9 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 3% more than the week before.

In total, 1,649 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 87 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 291 are in intensive care, which is 13 fewer than yesterday, and the first time since October the number has been under 300. A total of 167 patients are on a ventilator – one more that yesterday.

From 28 January to 3 February, an average number of 41.3 deaths occurred per day, marking a 16% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 21,352.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 8,558,699 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 50,295.9 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.4%.

The percentage decreased by 0.1% compared to last week, along with a 9% increase in testing.

A total of 326,405 people in Belgium have received the first dose of their vaccinations, or 3.54% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 84,100 people have received their second dose.

The reproduction rate, finally, has dropped to 1.02, which still means that a person infected with coronavirus infects just over one person on average and the pandemic is still growing.

The Brussels Times