Brussels, Belgium: An average of 83.3 patients suffering from COVID were admitted to hospitals per day, in the previous seven days, as per figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health.
On Friday morning, this marks a 42 percent increase from the last seven days, as well as a boost from an average of 73 hospitalisations on Tuesday this week.
This figure only includes the maximum number of individuals admitted to the health care centre because of the virus.
The maximum number of people infected with the infection in hospitals in Belgium rose from 925 on Tuesday to 1,080 (+45 percent since the previous week). At the same time, 50 patients were being treated in intensive care. This number does include patients admitted with a different condition who later tested positive.
An average of 2,471 new daily infections were identified between 20 and 26 September, up by 27 percent from the last week, as well as nearing the numbers recorded at the beginning of August.
However, the average number of tests taken daily increased to around 12,200.
The positivity rate remains stable at 20.9 percent, which means slightly over one in five tests has a positive result.
The Variant of COVID-19, Omicron BA.5, remains the dominant strain, accounting for 92.4 percent of all infections. The strain is mentioned to be no more infectious than the other Omicrin subvariants but is effective at circumventing people’s accumulated immunity.
The maximum number of COVID-19 patients that died every day in a similar week has jumped to an average of 3.9 (+4 percent), while the total number of deaths in Belgium from the starting of the pandemic is 32,673.
This includes people who died of another cause but who included people who died of another cause but who were infected, meaning it may be an overestimate of Covid-19 casualties.