Daily Covid-19 deaths drop below 100 in Belgium

The average number of Covid-19 deaths per day in Belgium has dropped below 100 as coronavirus indicators continue to slowly drop, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Thursday.

Between 30 November and 6 December, an average of 2,163.1 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 6% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 597,643. 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, 272.3 infections were confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 44% drop compared to the two weeks before.

Between 3 and 9 December, an average of 185.6 patients was admitted to hospital, down 7% from the week before.

In total, 3,016 coronavirus patients are currently in hospital, or 127 fewer than yesterday. Of all patients, 662 are in intensive care, which is 14 fewer than yesterday. A total of 444 patients are on a ventilator – 4 fewer than yesterday.

From 30 November to 6 December, an average number of 97.1 deaths occurred per day, marking a 21.8% decrease compared to the week before.

The total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 17,603.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 6,191,181 tests have been carried out. Of those tests, an average of 29,925.9 were taken per day over the past week, with a positivity rate of 8.7%. That means that fewer than one in ten people who get tested receive a positive result.

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The percentage went down by 0.8% compared to last week, along with a 2% increase in testing.

The reproduction rate, finally, currently stands at 0.95. That rate (Rt) is the rate at which the virus spreads. If it rises above 1.0 again, it would mean that a person infected with coronavirus infects more than one other person on average and that the pandemic would be growing again.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times

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