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Belgium’s reproduction rate rises above 1.0 again

Belgium’s coronavirus reproduction rate has risen above 1.0 again, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Wednesday.

Between 28 February and 6 March, an average of 2,345 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 791,171. 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, 289.4 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is an 18% increase compared to the two weeks before.

Between 3 and 9 March, an average of 150.3 patients were admitted to hospital per day, a decrease of 1% compared to the week before.

In total, 1,964 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 34 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 438 are in intensive care, which is 2 fewer than yesterday. A total of 249 patients are on a ventilator – 3 fewer than yesterday.

From 28 February to 6 March, an average number of 26.1 deaths occurred per day, marking a 6.4% increase compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 22,327.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 9,837,669 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 43,640 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 6.1%.

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The percentage went down by 0.6% compared to last week, while testing increased by 6%.

A total of 644,933 people in Belgium have been partially vaccinated against coronavirus, or 7% of the population aged 18 and older. In addition, 345,696 people – or 3% of the entire population – have been fully vaccinated.

The reproduction rate, meanwhile, has risen to 1.02, meaning that one person with coronavirus infects more than one other person on average and that the pandemic is growing in Belgium.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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