The number of people being hospitalised as a result of the coronavirus is continuing to decline in Belgium, however, this has not yet had a positive impact on the number of people in intensive care.
Between 4 and 10 December, an average of 282.3 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals per day, a 10% decrease since the last seven days, according to figures published by the Sciensano Public Health Institute on Saturday morning.
On Friday, a total of 3,364 people were in hospitals due to an infection (84 fewer than on Friday), including 837 patients being treated in intensive care (+10), with 451 on a ventilator (+16).
However, this is a situation to be expected, according to virologist Steven Van Gucht, as these hospital figures are delayed parameters, meaning they are one of the last ones to peak and then decrease.
Between 1 and 7 December, an average of 15,344 new coronavirus infections were identified every day, a 14% decrease from the previous seven days.
The number of tests taken also decreased, by 14% since last week, to 103,000. The positivity rate is now 16.8%, the highest since November last year.
During the same period, the number of people dying as a result of the virus has also slowly started its decrease. An average of 47.3 Covid-19 patients died per day, down by 1% from last week. This brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium to 27,504.
After dropping below 1 at the start of this week, the reproduction rate (Rt) continued to decline and now sits at 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 in Belgium.
The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, has increased by 13% and now sits at 2,016.4 over the past 14 days.
As of Friday, more than 8.73 million people are fully vaccinated, accounting for 88% of the adult population in Belgium, and 76% of the total population.
Meanwhile, more than 2.48 million people have received a booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine, representing 27% of over-18s and 22% of the entire population. The majority of adults should have had the opportunity to get a booster dose by March 2022.