Covid-19: Massive increase in new cases, as deaths continue to rise
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Covid-19: Massive increase in new cases, as deaths continue to rise

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The coronavirus infection rate in Belgium continues to rise, while the number of deaths due to the virus is increasing, according to the latest official figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Sunday.

Between 18 and 24 March, an average of 4,636 new people tested positive per day, which is a 27% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 866,063. 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, 504.9 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 67% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Between 21 and 27 March, an average of 236.9 patients were admitted to the hospital per day, an increase of 22% compared to the week before.

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In total, 2,568 coronavirus patients were in hospital on Saturday, 69 more than the day before. Of all patients, 701 were in intensive care, 37 more than yesterday, while 361 patients were on a ventilator, six more than yesterday.

From 18 to 24 March, an average number of 27 deaths occurred per day, marking a 12.5% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 22,870.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 10,933,835 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 64,075 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 7.7%.

The percentage went up by 0.4% compared to last week, while testing increased by 22%.

A total of 1,201,488 people in Belgium have received at least one dose of vaccine against coronavirus, or 13.1% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 497,321 people – or 5.4% of the adult population – have been fully vaccinated.

The reproduction rate, meanwhile, now stands at 1.13 meaning that one person with coronavirus infects more than one other person on average and that the epidemic is growing in Belgium.

The Brussels Times