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Belgium’s coronavirus figures continue to drop

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All of Belgium’s major coronavirus indicators are continuing to drop, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Thursday.

Between 28 December and 3 January, an average of 1,620.4 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 10% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 655,732. 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, 207.8 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 31% decrease compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 31 December and 6 January, an average of 130.3 patients was admitted to hospital, which is 16% fewer than the week before.

In total, 2,077 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 64 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 405 are in intensive care, which is 25 fewer than yesterday. A total of 217 patients are on a ventilator – 8 fewer than yesterday.

From 28 December to 3 January, an average number of 64.7 deaths occurred per day, marking a 14.5% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 19,883.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 7,112,279 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 25,915.3 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 7.1%. That means that around one in fourteen people who get tested receive a positive result.

The percentage remained the same compared to last week, along with a 12% decrease in testing.

The reproduction rate, meanwhile, remains at 0.88, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects fewer than one other person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times