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Covid-19: Number of patients in hospital drops below 700

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The number of patients currently in hospital as a result of Covid-19 has fallen to 684, after being over 700 since 16 September.

The average number of coronavirus infections recorded on a weekly basis has once again risen above 2,000, however, the number of tests being taken has also increased.

Between 11 and 17 September, an average of 2,060 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, a 5% increase compared with the previous week, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute on Wednesday morning.

The average number of tests that were performed daily increased by 12%, to 47,197.6, while the positivity rate has slowly started to drop, and now sits at 4.8%, a 0.3% decrease since last week.

During the same period, the average number of people dying per day from the virus has decreased and now sits at 6.1, a 17% decrease compared to last week. This brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium to 25,524.

Between 15 and 21 September, on average, 57.3 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals per day, a 3% decrease since the previous week.

On Tuesday, a total of 684 people were in hospitals due to an infection (44 fewer than on Monday), including 214 patients being treated in intensive care (-8), with 126 on a ventilator (-1).

The virus reproduction rate has come down slightly to 0.94. This figure represents the average number of people infected by each infected person, and when it is lower than 1, it means that the epidemic is slowing down.

The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, has been increased slightly after several days of this figures gradually decreasing and now sits at 245.1 over the past 14 days.

As of Monday, more than 8.5 million people in Belgium have received a first dose of the vaccine, representing 86% of the adult population, and 74% of the total population.

Meanwhile, more than 8.3 million people are fully vaccinated, accounting for 85% of the adult population in Belgium, and 72% of the total population.

As the vaccination campaign across Belgium is coming to a halt, these figures rarely increase on a daily basis.

The Brussels Times

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