Coronavirus figures in Belgium continue to fall, with the number of people hospitalised dropping back below the 3,000 mark and the number of patients in intensive care below 800, according to the latest data from the Sciensano public health institute updated on Friday morning.
Between 7 and 13 December, an average of 11,695 new Covid-19 infections were detected per day, a 27% drop compared to the previous week.
Between 10 and 16 December, there were 235.4 hospital admissions per day due to coronavirus, which is a decrease of 17% compared to the previous reference period.
In total, 2,971 people were hospitalised in Belgium due to Covid-19 (-14%), including 789 patients treated in intensive care (-5%).
Between 7 and 13 December, an average of 45.6 people died per day due to the virus, a decrease of 8%.
An average of 87,500 tests were carried out, a figure that’s also fallen, this one by 18%.
The virus reproduction rate remains below 1, at 0.86 (-8%). When below 1, this indicator means that the epidemic is tending to slow down.
The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 1,689 over 14 days.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium, some 2 million cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed.
Around 89% (+0.1%) of the adult population in Belgium has received at least one dose of a vaccine against Covid, though the numbers vary by region.
In Flanders, 81% of the population is considered fully vaccinated. In Wallonia that figure is 71% and in Brussels 59%.