The average number of people dying as a result of the coronavirus is continuing to decline in Belgium, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute updated on Wednesday morning.
Between 16 and 22 May, an average of 19 people died per day from the virus (down by 16.4% from the previous week), bringing the total to 24,873 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.
During the same period, an average of 2,401 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, up by 14% compared to the previous week, following a period of continuous decline.
Between 18 and 24 May, there was an average of 109.4 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 15% decrease compared to the previous reference period.
On Tuesday, a total of 1,547 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (14 more than on Monday), of whom 531 (11 fewer than on Monday) people were being treated in intensive care, and 322 (-7) were on a ventilator.
According to Van Gucht, Belgium may have fewer than 500 patients in ICU by the end of this week.
The incidence, which indicates the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 274.6 over 14 days, down by 25%.
The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium last week dropped to below 0.90 and remained stable at 0.88 for two days. After rising to 0.93, it has now gone back to 0.87. When this number is below 1, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down.
More than 47% of the adult population in Belgium has received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to almost 4.38 million people. Of these, 1,716,498 people (18.6% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are considered fully protected.