Belgium identifies 2,232 new daily COVID infections

Brussels, Belgium: About 2,232 new daily infections were identified between September 17 and 23, an increase of 21 percent from the last week. The figures are similar to the numbers recorded at the beginning of August month.

The average number of tests taken on a daily basis has also risen just to 11,600. At the same time, the positivity rate sits at 19.9%, meaning one in five tests has a positive result, as per the figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Tuesday morning.

In spite of the rise, the maximum of COVID-19 patients that died each day in the same week decreased to an average of 2.6, a decrease of 61 percent. The maximum number of casualties in the nation since the beginning of the pandemic is 32,659.

This includes people who died of another cause but were infected, meaning it may be an overestimate of Covid-19 deaths.

In the situation of the hospitals in Belgium, in the last seven days, an average of 73.1 patients suffering from COVID1-19 were hospitalised on a daily basis, such as 41 percent. This figure only includes the maximum number of people hospitalised because of the virus.

Along with this, a total of 925 people in the hospitals of Belgium were infected with the virus on Monday, an increase of around 200 from two weeks ago, while 57 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care. This number does include patients admitted with a different condition who later tested positive.

Furthermore, the reproduction rate (the average number of people that contract that virus from each infected person) has hiked up to 1.23.

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