Coronavirus: Belgium’s drop in average hospital admissions continues
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Coronavirus: Belgium’s drop in average hospital admissions continues

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Average coronavirus hospital admissions in Belgium continue to drop, while average new infections remain above 2,000, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Tuesday.

Between 9 and 15 January, an average of 2,017.7 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 2% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 679,771. 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, 248.1 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is an 18% increase compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 12 and 18 January, an average of 115.9 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 9% fewer than the week before.

In total, 1,974 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 82 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 369 are in intensive care, which is 2 more than yesterday. A total of 193 patients are on a ventilator – 3 more than yesterday.

From 9 to 15 January, an average number of 50.3 deaths occurred per day, marking a 7.9% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 20,472.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 7,620,430 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 44,730.3 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.1%.

The percentage decreased by 0.4% compared to last week, along with an 11% increase in testing.

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

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times