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Over 700,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Belgium

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Belgium has passed the mark of 700,000 coronavirus infections, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Friday.

Between 19 and 25 January, an average of 2,210 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 12% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 702,437. 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, 254.7 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is an 11% increase compared to the two weeks before.

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Between 22 and 28 January, an average of 125 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 1% fewer than the week before.

In total, 1,817 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 34 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 323 are in intensive care, which is 9 more than yesterday. A total of 167 patients are on a ventilator – 6 fewer than yesterday.

From 19 to 25 January, an average number of 51.1 deaths occurred per day, marking a 2.9% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 20,982.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 8,097,062 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 44,968.3 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.6%.

The percentage increased by 0.2% compared to last week, along with a 7% increase in testing.

A total of 243,412 people in Belgium have received the first dose of their vaccinations, or 2.64% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 3,458
people have received their second dose.

The reproduction rate, finally, stands at 0.96, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects just under one person on average and the pandemic is not growing.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times