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Coronavirus: fewer than 4,000 patients in hospital

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Nearly all coronavirus indicators in Belgium continue to drop, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Sunday.

Between 20 and 25 November, an average of 2,483.9 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 42% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 574,448. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases as well as patients who have since recovered, or died as a result of the virus.

Over the past two weeks, 412.0 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 58% drop compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 22 and 28 November, an average of 239.3 patients was admitted to hospital, down 24% from the week before.

In total, 3,993 coronavirus patients are currently admitted to hospital, or 220 fewer than yesterday.

Of the patients currently admitted, 967 are in intensive care, which is 31 less than the day before. A total of 597 patients are on a ventilator – 40 fewer than yesterday.

From 19 to 25 November, an average number of 141 deaths occurred per day, marking a 19.2% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 16,461 – 77 more than yesterday.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 5,871,418 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 29,063.6 were taken daily over the past week, with a positivity rate of 10.9%. That means that just over one in ten people who get tested receive a positive result.

The percentage went down by 5.7% compared to last week, along with a 1% decrease in testing.

The reproduction rate, finally, has risen to 0.81. That rate (Rt) is the rate at which the virus spreads. As it remains below 1.0, it means that a person infected with coronavirus infects less than one other person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times