Belgium’s coronavirus hospital admissions no longer decrease

Belgium’s daily average of hospital admissions is no longer decreasing, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Tuesday.

Between 12 and 18 December, an average of 2,529.3 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 10% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 626,911. 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, 293.9 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 7% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Between 15 and 21 December, an average of 182.1 patients was admitted to hospital, which is the same as the week before.

In total, 2,610 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 67 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 546 are in intensive care, which is 2 more than yesterday. A total of 322 patients are on a ventilator – 9 more than yesterday.

From 12 to 18 December, an average number of 87 deaths occurred per day, marking a 6.6% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 18,697.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 6,620,999 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 37,933.7 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 7.8%. That means that around one in thirteen people who get tested receive a positive result.

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The percentage went down by 0.3% compared to last week, along with an 18% increase in testing.

The reproduction rate, finally, stands at 0.99, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects just under one other person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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