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Belgium’s coronavirus hospital admissions rise

The average number of hospital admissions in Belgium rose as the reproduction rate continues to increase, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Friday.

Between 12 and 18 January, an average of 1,963.4 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 4% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 686,827. 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, 247.2 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 20% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Between 15 and 21 January, an average of 125.3 patients were admitted to hospital, which is 3% more than the week before.

In total, 1,941 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 4 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 338 are in intensive care, which is 2 more than yesterday. A total of 182 patients are on a ventilator – 4 fewer than yesterday.

From 12 to 18 January, an average number of 49 deaths occurred per day, marking a 9% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 20,620.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 7,773,240 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 42,157 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 5.4%.

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The percentage increased by 0.1% compared to last week, along with a 5% decrease in testing.

A total of 141,758 people in Belgium have received the first dose of their vaccinations, or 1.54% of the population aged 18 and older.

The reproduction rate, finally, is now at 1.04, which means that a person infected with coronavirus infects just over one person on average and the pandemic is growing.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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