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Belgium’s coronavirus figures continue their slow decline

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Belgium’s coronavirus figures are continuing to evolve in a downward trend, other than in the hospitals, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Saturday.

Between 10 and 16 February, an average of 1,886.4 new people tested positive per day, which is a 5% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 749,739. 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, 236.3 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 17% decrease compared to the two weeks before.

Between 13 and 19 February, an average of 119.0 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 4% fewer than the week before.

In total, 1,606 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 17 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 313 are in intensive care, which is the same number as yesterday. A total of 175 patients are on a ventilator – nine more than yesterday.

From 10 to 16 February, an average number of 39.4 deaths occurred per day, marking an 4.8% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 21,859.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 9,105,314 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 40,109 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.5%.

The percentage increased by 0.5% compared to last week, along with a 17% decrease in testing.

A total of 385,311 people in Belgium have received the first dose of their vaccinations, or 4.18% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 245,518 people have received their second dose.

The reproduction rate, finally, stands at 0.98, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects less than one other person on average. That number had been rising towards 1.0, at which point the virus would begin growing again, but it now appears to be receding again.

The Brussels Times