The number of new coronavirus infections recorded on average every day in Belgium has dropped below 10,000, according to preliminary figures.
Both the number of new cases as well as the number of Covid-19 hospitalisations are continuing to decline, according to the figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute released on Sunday by the cabinet of Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke.
Between 10 and 16 December, an average of 9,402 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, a 33% drop compared to the previous seven-day period.
During the same period, an average of 76,500 tests were performed per day, with a positivity rate of 14.02%, meaning slightly more than 14 out of 100 tests were positive.
From 13 to 19 December, an average of some 196 people were hospitalised every day as a result of a Covid-19 infection, a further decrease from last week.
On Sunday, 2,611 Covid-19 patients (37 fewer than on Saturday) were in hospital, including 746 patients (-20) being treated in intensive care, marking the first time this figure dropped below 750 for the first time in one month.
Sciensano does not give detailed figure updates on Sunday and Monday, as hospitals are not required to give updates of the situation on the weekend, however, Vandenbroucke’s cabinet recently started publishing summary updates of the latest coronavirus data on those days.
A full update of the coronavirus figures in Belgium will be published on Tuesday morning.