Nearly all coronavirus indicators in Belgium continue to drop

Nearly all of Belgium’s coronavirus indicators continue to drop, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Tuesday.

Between 26 December and 1 January, an average of 1,581.9 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 14% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 650,887. 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, 209 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 29% decrease compared to the two weeks before.

Between 29 December and 4 January, an average of 139.3 patients was admitted to hospital, which is 14% fewer than the week before.

In total, 2,227 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 41 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 463 are in intensive care, which is 4 fewer than yesterday. A total of 235 patients are on a ventilator – 4 more than yesterday.

From 26 December to 1 January, an average number of 65 deaths occurred per day, marking a 22.9% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 19,750.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 7,010,987 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 25,185.9 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 7.3%. That means that just over one in fourteen people who get tested receive a positive result.

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The percentage went down by 0.1% compared to last week, along with a 21% decrease in testing.

The reproduction rate, finally, now stands at 0.91, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects fewer than one other person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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