Coronavirus infections keep decreasing while hospital admissions rise
Share article:
Share article:

Coronavirus infections keep decreasing while hospital admissions rise

Credit: Belga

Hospital admissions due to coronavirus are continuing to rise in Belgium, while infections continue to decrease, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Wednesday.

Between 31 January and 6 February, an average of 2,203.7 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 7% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 728,334. 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, 278 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 10% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Related News

 

Between 3 and 9 February, an average of 124.4 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 6% more than the week before.

In total, 1,674 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 24 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 308 are in intensive care, which is 6 more than yesterday. A total of 168 patients are on a ventilator – 7 more than yesterday.

From 31 January to 6 February, an average number of 41.6 deaths occurred per day, marking a 4.3% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 21,472.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 8,668,977 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 49,977.3 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.2%.

The percentage decreased by 0.3% compared to last week, along with a 1% increase in testing.

A total of 336,331 people in Belgium have received the first dose of their vaccinations, or 3.65% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 104,340 people have received their second dose.

The reproduction rate, finally, stands at 1.01, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects just over one person on average and the pandemic is growing.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times