Belgium- The average number of new COVID-19 infection cases have been decreased for the first time since late October, as per the figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Friday morning.
The institute noticed about 4,300 cases on Friday in Belgium. An average of four percent has been reduced from the last seven days between 3 and 9 May.
The positivity rate now sits at 24 percent, which means just under one in four tests have a positive result.
Moreover, the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Omicron BA.2, now accounts for 95.1 percent of all cases.
In the same week, an average of 11.3 patients suffering from COVID-19 died on a daily basis, which was down by 32 percent from the previous week. The maximum number of deaths in Belgium from the start of the pandemic amounts to 31,613.
The figure includes the individuals who have died of another cause of death but who happened to be infected, which means that there may be an overestimate of the COVID-19 deaths that the virus has caused.
Meanwhile, an average of 112.3 patients suffering from COVID-19 between 6 and 12 May were admitted to the health care centre every day, and there is a 17 percent decrease from the last seven days.
Along with this, the cases that have been shared indicated that the majority of the people were admitted to the hospital directly due to the virus, not those who were admitted with another condition and then tested positive for COVID-19 infection.
On Thursday, a maximum number of the total of 1,683 individuals that have been hospitalized in the hospitals in Belgium because of the infection, 28 fewer as compared to Wednesday, as well as the lowest from the starting of November month.
Furthermore, the number of people being treated in intensive care sits at 105 (-6). The number of patients in intensive care has remained below 200 since March 9.