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Fewer than 200 coronavirus patients in ICU

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There are fewer than 200 people in intensive care units in Belgium as a result of the coronavirus, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, a total of 450 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (20 fewer than on Monday), of whom 184 (-22) people were being treated in intensive care, and 112 (-7) were on a ventilator.

Between 16 and 22 June, there was an average of 28.7 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 36% decrease compared to the previous reference period.

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Between 13 and 19 June, an average of 433 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, down by 44% compared to the previous week.

Meanwhile, the daily average of testing over the past week decreased by 3% (an average of 38,593.6 tests were carried out) with a positivity rate of 1.5% (down by 0.9%).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,080,035 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.

During the same period, an average of six people died per day from the virus (down by 19% from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,144 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 dropped by 61% since the last 14-day period and has now reached 73.2.

Meanwhile, the reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium has dropped back to 0.75 after sitting at 0.78 on Tuesday. While this number remains below 1, which it has for over two months, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down.

As of Monday, 69.4% of the adult population in Belgium had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to almost 6.4 million people.

Of these, over 3.55 million people (38.6% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.