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Belgium’s coronavirus deaths rise above 17,000

While all coronavirus indicators continue to drop, Belgium has now counted over 17,000 deaths since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Thursday.

Between 25 and 30 November, an average of 2,208.4 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 24% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 584,857. 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, 312.3 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 55% drop compared to the two weeks before.

Between 27 November and 3 December, an average of 188.1 patients was admitted to hospital, down 27% from the week before.

In total, 3,427 coronavirus patients are currently admitted to hospital, or 161 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 788 are in intensive care, which is 41 fewer than the day before. A total of 509 patients are on a ventilator – 25 fewer than yesterday.

From 24 to 30 November, an average number of 116 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 17,033.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 6,012,323 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 29,362.9 was taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 9.3%. That means that under one in ten people who get tested receive a positive result.

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The percentage went down by 3.3% compared to last week, along with a 2% increase in testing.

The reproduction rate, finally, remains at 0.80. That rate (Rt) is the rate at which the virus spreads. As it remains below 1.0, it means that a person infected with coronavirus infects less than one other person on average.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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