Europe: The maximum number of the COVID-19 patients in Belgium hospitals has increased to 2,331, with 124 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a strong increase which is the highest since the starting of May.
In the last seven(7) days, an average of of 162.7 patients suffering from COVID-19 were admitted to hospitals each day, which has been increased by 9 per cent from the last seven days.
The figure reflects how many individuals are admitted in the nearby hospitals directly because of the virus, not those who have been admitted with another condition as well as then test positive for COVID-19.
On Monday, a total of 2.331 people were in hospitals of Belgium because of the infection about 150 more than on Tuesday, while the number of individuals being treated in the intensive care has been reported as 124, it has been increased by 35 per cent, the highest this figure has been since mid-May.
While the maximum number of patients in the ICU has remained below 200 since March 9, it has been since the starting of May that has so many have ended up in intensive care.
The number covers all of the patients who have been tested positive for the COVID-19, including those who were first admitted with a different condition.
An average of 7,088 new daily COVID-19 infections was identified, 8 per cent of the cases have been decreased from the previous seven days and about 800 fewer than when figures were last updated on Friday, between 12 and 18 July, according to figures published by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, it must be taken into consideration that the official number of infections is an underestimation, as not everyone goes in for a PCR test after a positive self-test result.
The average number of tests taken on per day is slightly less as compared at the end of last week, sitting about 20,500. The positivity rate is currently at 36.9 per cent, which means over one in three tests has a positive result.
The BA.5 Omicrirn has stayed the dominant strain, accounting for 81.2 per cent of all infections.
The maximum number of deaths, as a result of infection, are rising as well, about 11 patients infected from the COVID died each day over the past seven days – up by 48% from the last week.
The maximum number of deaths in the nation from the starting of the pandemic amounts to 32,089 (+38 since Tuesday).
The reproduction rate dropped slightly to 1.05. This figure represents the average number of individuals that contract the virus from each infected person. When it is above 1, which means that the epidemic is gaining ground in Belgium.
The incidence (the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) also continues to rise and now sits at 894 over the past 14 days.
As of Monday, more than 9.09 million people are fully vaccinated – 89% of Belgium’s adult population and 78% of the total population. This figure was higher, but since the end of June, this figure takes into account vaccinated people who died.
Meanwhile, more than 7.17 million people have received a booster dose of the vaccine, representing 76% of over-18s and 62% of the entire population. From September onwards, an additional booster will be available to a larger group of the population.