Belgium: COVID cases decreases after sudden surge

After the cases of COVID-19 rose briefly in Belgium in recent weeks, this trend seems to be slowly turning, as per the figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Tuesday morning.

An average of 2,748 new daily infections were identified between 8 and 14 October, and there is a 13 percent reduction from the last week.

Along with this, the average number of tests taken per day increased dramatically to 12,500 per day. At the same time, the positivity rate has decreased to 23.4 percent, which means slightly fewer than one in four tests was positive.

The variant of the COVID-19 Omicron remains the dominant strain, accounting for 86.8 percent of all infections. The strain is mentioned to be no more infectious than the other Omicron subvariants but is effective at circumventing people’s accumulated immunity.

Similarly, the maximum number of deaths caused by COVID-19 has increased to a daily average of 9.4, which has been increased the highest since the middle of August month.

The maximum number of deaths in Belgium from the start of the pandemic is 32,810, which also includes the people who died of another cause but who were infected, which means it is an overestimate of COVID-19 deaths.

In addition, in the previous seven days, an average of 107.4 patients suffering from COVID-19 were admitted to the health care centre every day, with a 4 percent decrease. This data only includes the number of individuals admitted to the hospitals because of the infection.

The total number of individuals infected with the virus in hospitals in Belgium remains relatively stable at 1,521, while the number of patients being treated in intensive care sits at 77, ten more than on the previous Friday.

Furthermore, this number does include patients admitted with a different condition who later tested positive.

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