For example if the basic reproduction number is R 2, each infected person infects a further two other people. Any “R number” below 1 means that a virus is on the retreat.
The latest figures for the novel coronavirus in Belgium show that this remains the case here. The virus’ “R number” in Belgium currently stands at 0.87. This means that anyone with the novel coronavirus infects an average of 0.87 people or every 100 people that are infected infect a further 87 people with the virus.
Although this was the last press conference by the National Crisis Centre. We will still be able to follow the evolution of the pandemic in Belgium through regular press releases and on the Sciensano website.