Share article:
Share article:

Covid-19: Lowest number of new cases in eight months

© Belga

The average daily number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 has now passed below 1,500 for the first time since September, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute updated on Monday morning.

On Sunday, a total of 967 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (12 fewer than on Saturday), of whom 330 (-6) people were being treated in intensive care, and 204 (-8) were on a ventilator.

The number of ICU cases has now fallen far below the threshold of 500 set by the Consultative Committee as the boundary at which it would be safe to open up more of society starting from Wednesday.

Between 30 May and 5 June, there was an average of 74.1 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 15% decrease compared to the previous reference period, and the breach of another threshold set for relaxation of measures.

Between 28 May and 3 June, an average of 1,475 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, down by 20% compared to the previous week, continuing a period of almost uninterrupted decline, and passing through the 1,500 mark for the first time since mid-September.

Meanwhile, the daily average of testing over the past week increased by 2% (an average of 44,956 tests were carried out) with a positive rate of 3.9% (down by 0.9%).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,070,802 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.

During the period 28 May to 3 June, an average of 14.4 people died per day from the virus (no change from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,033 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.

The incidence, which indicates the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 202.4, down by 29%.

The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium has gone up to 0.89 after nearing 0.80 last week. While this number remains below 1, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down. The number has been lower than 1 since 22 April.

As of Sunday, more than half of the adult population in Belgium (54.8%) had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to more than five million people.

Of these, 2,501,465 people (27.1% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Café patron stabs manager after being asked to see proof of vaccination
A customer stabbed a café manager in Brussels on Saturday after being asked to show his Covid Safe Ticket (CST), according to Bruzz. Asking to see ...
Belgium to simplify administrative processes with ‘digital wallet’
The federal government wants to create an online "wallet" for all people living in Belgium which would bundle all official documents, from visas to ...
‘Start of infection wave’: Flanders to turn red on European map again
Flanders will turn red on the map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) again this week, as the daily average of new ...
Staff strike at application centre for asylum seekers
The staff of an application centre for asylum seekers in Brussels began a 24-strike on Monday morning, meaning that no one can apply for asylum there ...
Bpost plans to merge parcel and letter services in Belgium
The new CEO of Bpost – Belgium's primary mail delivery company and one of the country's largest civilian employers – has decided to merge the ...
Belgian playground bullying drama wins at London Film Festival
Playground (original title 'Un Monde'), the first feature film by Belgian director Laura Wandel, was awarded the top prize in the First Feature ...
Brussels launches initiatives to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety
Two new initiatives are being developed in Brussels to make the city safer and more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly, especially around key areas on ...
Vaccination coverage in Wallonia breaks 70 percent
The Wallonia Region in Belgium has reached the milestone of having 70 percent of its population receive at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, ...
Belgian youth asked to skip school for Friday’s climate strike
Young people in Belgium have been called on by the climate movement Youth for Climate to once again skip school and take to the streets during the ...
Belgium to invest in sustainable heating in 2022
The Federal Government will set aside about €1 million in its 2022 budget for a social tariff for sustainable heating, Federal Energy Minister Tinne ...
Over 50,000 march against fascism in Rome
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against fascism in Rome on Saturday, one week after violent protests against the Covid certificate. Over ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...