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Covid-19: Fewer than 800 now in hospital, 300 in ICU

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The number of patients currently in hospital as a result of Covid-19 has now fallen below 800, a figure not seen since early October last year, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published on Saturday morning.

Between 2 and 8 June, an average of 11.1 people died per day from the virus (down by 13.3% from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,075 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.

During the same period, an average of 1,079 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, down by 37% compared to the previous week, continuing a period of almost uninterrupted decline.

Meanwhile, the daily average of testing over the past week decreased by 10% (an average of 42,695.4 tests were carried out) with a positivity rate of 3.1% (down by 1.3%).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,074,988 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.

Between 4 and 11 June, there was an average of 56.7 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 26% decrease compared to the previous reference period.

On Friday, a total of 770 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (50 fewer than on Thursday), of whom 300 (-2) people were being treated in intensive care and 173 (-2) were on a ventilator.

The incidence, which indicates the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 170.7, down by 32%.

The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium decreased slightly since Thursday to 0.80. While this number remains below 1, which it has for almost two months, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down.

As of Thursday, 59% of the adult population in Belgium had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to almost 5.5 million people.

Of these, 2,864,013 people (31.1% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.

The Brussels Times