The number of hospital patients in intensive care is expected to drop below 300 soon, having been above 500 just over two weeks ago, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published on Friday morning.
On Thursday, a total of 820 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (32 fewer than on Wednesday), of whom 302 (-7) people were being treated in intensive care and 175 (-5) were on a ventilator.
Between 3 and 10 June, there was an average of 60.6 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 23% decrease compared to the previous reference period.
Between 1 and 7 June, an average of 10.9 people died per day from the virus (down by 20% from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,068 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.
During the same period, an average of 1,173 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, down by 38% compared to the previous week, continuing a period of almost uninterrupted decline.
Meanwhile, the daily average of testing over the past week decreased by 8% (an average of 43,386.4 tests were carried out) with a positivity rate of 3.3% (down by 1.1%).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,074,204 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.
The incidence, which indicates the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 185.8, down by 27%.
The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium decreased slightly since Thursday to 0.83. While this number remains below 1, which it has for almost two months, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down.
As of Thursday, 58.2% of the adult population in Belgium had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to more than 5.36 million people.
Of these, 2,761,505 people (29.9% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.