Fewer new Covid-19 infections, but pressure on hospitals continues

Fewer new Covid-19 infections, but pressure on hospitals continues
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The number of coronavirus infections in Belgium is continuing to decline, however, the situation in hospitals this week is not improving as quickly.

Between 4 and 10 December, an average of 13,315 new coronavirus infections were identified every day, a 22% decrease from the previous seven days, according to figures published by the Sciensano Public Health Institute on Tuesday morning.

The number of tests taken also decreased, by 19% since last week, to 92,722.6. The positivity rate has also dropped slightly and now sits at 16.3%.

During the same period, there was a small contraction in the number of people dying as a result of the virus. An average of 46.3 Covid-19 patients died per day, down by 6% from last week. This brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium to 27,631.

Between 7 and 13 December, an average of 269.9 patients suffering from Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals per day, a 10% decrease since the last seven days.

On Monday, a total of 3,382 people were in hospitals due to an infection (94 more than on Sunday), including 838 patients being treated in intensive care (+11), with 434 on a ventilator (-15).

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The reproduction rate (Rt) remains below one 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 decreased by 9% and now sits at 1,852.6 over the past 14 days.

As of Sunday, more than 8.74 million people are fully vaccinated, accounting for 88% of the adult population in Belgium, and 76% of the total population.

Meanwhile, more than 2.68 million people have received a booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine, representing 29% of over -18s and 23% of the entire population. The majority of adults should have had the opportunity to get a booster dose by March 2022.

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