COVID-19 patients in hospitals drops below 2,000: Reports

Europe: For the first time since March, the overall number of COVID-19 infections in the hospitals of Belgium has dropped below 2,000. The following figures were disclosed by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Tuesday.

An average of 4,413 new daily COVID-19 infections were identified. There is an 8 percent reduction from the previous seven days. The positivity rate now sits at 24.7 percent, meaning just under one in four tests have a positive result.

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Moreover, the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Omicron BA.2, now accounts for 95.1 percent of all cases.

In the same week, an average of 14.6 patients suffering from COVID-19 died on a per-day basis, a decrease of 7 percent from the last week. The maximum number of deaths in Belgium from the start of the pandemic amounts to 31,580.

Along with this, this figure also includes the individuals who died of another reason for death but who happened to be affected, meaning there may be an overestimate of COVID-19 deaths that have been caused by the infection.

In the situation of the hospitals, between May 3 and 9, an average of 125.4 people were suffering from COVID-19 infection that was admitted to hospitals on a daily basis. It has declined by 10 percent in the last seven days.

This number shared the information that the maximum number of people that have been admitted to the hospital has been directly due to the virus, not those who were admitted with another condition as well as then have tested positive for COVID-19.

Furthermore, on Monday, the majority of 1,894 people were in the Belgian hospitals because of the infection, 122 fewer than the previous Friday. However, the number of patients in intensive care has remained below 200 since 9 March.

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