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Belgium’s coronavirus hospital admissions drop

Belgium’s average coronavirus hospital admissions are starting to drop, according to the latest official figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Monday.

Between 26 February and 4 March, an average of 2,343.9 new people tested positive per day, which is a 3% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 787,891. 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, 290.2 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 21% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Between 1 and 7 March, an average of 145.1 patients were admitted to hospital per day, a decrease of 3% compared to the week before.

In total, 1,932 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 53 more than yesterday. Of all patients, 426 are in intensive care, which is 10 more than yesterday. A total of 231 patients are on a ventilator – 1 fewer than yesterday.

From 26 February to 4 March, an average number of 25 deaths occurred per day, marking a 2.3% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 22,261.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 9,775,014 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 42,736.6 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 6.3%.

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The percentage went down by 0.5% compared to last week, while testing increased by 7%.

A total of 613,929 people in Belgium have been partially vaccinated against coronavirus, or 6.67% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 339,603 people have been fully vaccinated.

The reproduction rate, meanwhile, stands at 0.98, meaning that one person with coronavirus infects just under one other person and that the pandemic is no longer growing in Belgium.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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