Europe: New cases of the COVID-19 infection and people getting admitted to the hospitals as a result of the virus continue to rise in Belgium, returning to levels last seen in mid-May.
An average of 4,381 new daily COVID-19 infections was identified, there is a 44 percent increase from the last seven days, between 21 and 27 June, as per the figures published by Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Friday morning.
Moreover, the average number of tests taken per day also increased to almost 15,000, increased by 2,000 from the time the figures were last updated on Tuesday. The positivity rate has risen to 29.8 percent, which means that nearly one in three tests has a positive result.
The Omicron variant BA.5 has become the dominant strain, accounting for 65.6 percent of all infections. BA.5 is no more or less infections than the other subtypes of Omicron, but it does succeed very well in circumventing people’s accumulated immunity.
Deaths as a result of infection are also going up. During the same week, an average of six patients suffering from COVID-19 died every day, which increased by 17 percent from the previous week.
The total number of deaths in Belgium since the start of the pandemic also amounts to 31,918. However, this figure includes the individuals who died of another reason but who happened to be infected, meaning that this is an overestimate of deaths attributed to COVID-19.
In the current situation in the hospital in Belgium, an average of 108.6 patients suffering from COVID-19 were admitted to hospitals each day in the previous seven days. It has been soared by 23 percent during the last seven days.
Furthermore, the figure, which dropped below 100 in mid-May, reflects how many people are hospitalised directly because of the virus, not those admitted with another condition and then also test positive for Covid-19.