COVID-19 caseload, hospitalizations on rise in Belgium: Reports

Europe: The new COVID-19 cases have started rising again in Belgium, and the number of people admitted to the hospitals as a result of the virus is also starting to increase.

An average of 55 patients suffering from COVID-19 was admitted to the health care center in each day, between 3 and 9, has been increased by 6 percent from the previous seven days, as well as the first increase recorded in this figure in weeks, as per to the statistics published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Friday.

The figure reflects the maximum number of individuals that are in hospitals because of the virus, not those who are admitted with another condition and then also test positive for COVID-19.

Moreover, on Thursday, 890 individuals were in Belgium Hospitals because of an infection, a slight increase from earlier this week. The number of people being treated in intensive care continues to decrease slowly and now sits at 71.

This number covers all of the patients who have been tested positive for COVID-19, including those who were first admitted with a different condition.

Along with this, an average of 1,357 new daily COVID-19 infections was identified. There was a 3 percent increase from the previous seven days, between 1 and 7 June.

The average number of tests taken per day increased since last week, which partly explains the rise in cases in which the positivity rate now sits at 15.3 percent, a slight increase since earlier this week, meaning more than one in right tests has a positive result.

The highly transmissible Omicron variant, Omicron BA.2, accounts for 88.4% of all cases.

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