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Over half of all people living in Belgium partly vaccinated

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Over half of the entire population in Belgium has now received at least a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published on Thursday morning.

As of Tuesday, over 62% of the adult population in Belgium had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to more than 5.78 million people.

Of these, 3,246,611 people (35.2% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.

Between 7 and 13 June, an average of 738 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, down by 43% compared to the previous week.

Meanwhile, the daily average of testing over the past week decreased by 11% (an average of 39,447.3 tests were carried out) with a positivity rate of 2.4% (down by 1%).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,077,758 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.

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Between 9 and 16 June, there was an average of 39.6 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 25% decrease compared to the previous reference period, and the lowest since last September.

On Wednesday, a total of 592 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (59 fewer than on Tuesday), of whom 247 (+11) people were being treated in intensive care, and 1141 (-11) were on a ventilator.

During the same period, an average of 7 people died per day from the virus (down by 5.3% from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,110 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium. 

The incidence, which indicates the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, has halved since the last 14-day period and has now reached 123.3.

The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium is continuing to drop and now sits at 0.71. While this number remains below 1, which it has for over two months, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down.