Share article:
Share article:

Belgium’s new coronavirus infections drop below 1,600

Credit: Belga

Belgium’s daily average new coronavirus infections have dropped below 1,600, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Monday.

Between 25 and 31 December, an average of 1,588.7 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 27% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 650,011. 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, 229.5 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 22% decrease compared to the two weeks before.

Related News

 

Between 28 December and 3 January, an average of 145.6 patients was admitted to hospital, which is 9% fewer than the week before.

In total, 2,186 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 61 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 467 are in intensive care, which is 13 fewer than yesterday. A total of 231 patients are on a ventilator – 5 more than yesterday.

From 25 to 31 December, an average number of 68.1 deaths occurred per day, marking a 21.3% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 19,701.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 6,993,426 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 25,349.1 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 7.2%. That means that around one in fourteen people who get tested receive a positive result.

The percentage went down by 0.2% compared to last week, along with a 30% decrease in testing.

The reproduction rate, finally, remains at 0.94, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects fewer than one other person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

Latest news

More women take police selection tests in Belgium
The selection tests to become a police inspector have more and more female participants, according to figures released by Interior Affairs Minister ...
‘Absurd’: all Brussels schools should have the same Covid rules
Several city councillors for education in Brussels are calling to abolish the "absurd" differences in coronavirus measures for Dutch-speaking and ...
Massive renovations for iconic venue in the heart of Brussels
Brussels concert hall Ancienne Belgique has announced plans to renovate the AB Café and the AB Salon and is looking for a contractor fit for the job. ...
Display of child’s room in Brussels raises awareness of foster families
An exhibit that features a fictitious child’s bedroom has been on display since Tuesday at the Place d'Armes in Namur, with the support of the ...
Test results show pupils have fallen behind in Flemish schools
Learning delays have been reported in almost all subject areas in Flanders since the start of the pandemic, a trend that continued in 2021, a ...
Belgium considers relaxing testing rules for UK travellers
At the next Consultative Committee meeting, Belgium will look into relaxing the testing and entry policy for travellers coming from the United ...
Jette libraries start giving plants away with books
Visitors to libraries in the Brussels municipality of Jette will soon be able to pick up a free plant along with a book, thanks to the new Plantotek ...
‘Do what you want, but do it as safely as possible,’ experts warn
As the daily number of new coronavirus infections exceeds 3,000 for the first time since May, infectious disease expert Erika Vlieghe and ...
‘We’re running dry’: Brussels teacher shortage reaches critical levels
The teacher shortage in Brussels is affecting schools across language borders, according to Brussels’ Minister for Multilingualism and Dutch ...
New coronavirus infections above 3,000 for first time since May
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to the highest rate since the start of May 2021. Between 9 and 15 October, ...
Belgium in Brief: Getting To The Airport
When I saw the news of plans for a tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels' outskirts to the airport, my first reaction was sheer joy.  Let ...
EU should invest €5 trillion in climate plan, says State Secretary for Economic Recovery
The European Union must invest €5 trillion in its climate plan over the next decade to "retain its credibility as a political project," according ...