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Around 300 coronavirus patients in Belgian hospitals

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The number of people ending up in hospital as a result of coronavirus is nearing 300, the lowest it has been since September last year, according to the latest figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, a total of 305 people were in hospital as a result of the coronavirus (24 fewer than on Monday), of whom 136 (-7) people were being treated in intensive care, and 94 (-7) were on a ventilator.

Between 24 and 30 June, there was an average of 18.3 new hospital admissions per day due to the coronavirus, a 37% decrease compared to the previous reference period, and the lowest this figure has been since the summer of last year.

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Between 21 and 27 June, an average of 334 new coronavirus infections were detected per day, down by 21% compared to the previous week, continuing an almost constant decrease of this figure.

Meanwhile, the daily average of testing over the past week increased by 7% (an average of 41,855.4 tests were carried out) with a positivity rate of 1% (down by 0.4%).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,085,131 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in Belgium.

During the same period, an average of 4 people died per day from the virus (down by 32% from the previous week), bringing the total to 25,173 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 63% since the last 14-day period and now sits at 46.2.

The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Belgium has again dropped down to 0.71 after briefly rising above 0.80 last week. While this number remains below 1, which it has for over two months, it means that the epidemic gradually slowing down.

As of Tuesday, 76.2% of the adult population in Belgium had received the first injection of a coronavirus vaccine. This figure equates to just over 7 million people.

Of these, around 3.97 million people (43% of the adult population in Belgium) have received a second dose and are now considered fully protected.

The Brussels Times