Over 600 patients in intensive care due to COVID-19

Over 600 patients in intensive care due to COVID-19
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Belgium’s hospitals experienced a 29% increase in admissions linked to the coronavirus between 13 and 19 November compared to the preceding week, according to the latest reports from Sciensano public health institute over the weekend.

Daily admissions averaged 268.3, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients now in hospital to 2,957, including 603 in intensive care.

Between 10 and 16 November, an average 12,054 new infections were detected daily, a 19% increase on the previous seven-day period. Since the start of the pandemic, over 1.6 million COVID-19 infections have been registered in Belgium.

During the period under review, the daily average COVID-19 death rate was 30.9, a 29% increase, bringing the cumulative death toll to 26,568.

An average of about 85,109 tests are conducted daily in the country, with a positivity rate of 14.4%. The reproduction rate of the virus is 1:18. Since it is above 1, that means the epidemic is on the upsurge.

The incidence of the virus, i.e. the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, was 1,346 over the latest 14-day period, according to the Sciensano report.

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