During the week between 18 and 24 September an average of 1,551 people tested positive for the virus each day. This is 17% up on the daily average during the week from 11 to 17 September.
· This means that the rate of increase in the number of confirmed new cases of coronavirus is now starting to slow. The figures released yesterday (Sunday) showed a 24% increase in the weekly average. On Saturday the increase was 48%. The figures confirm what was said at Friday’s Sciensano press conference.
· Meanwhile, the infection rate for the two-week period between 11 and 24 September has risen to 169.1 infections per 100,000 population.
· During the week from 20 to 27 September an average of 64 COVID-19 patients were admitted to Belgian hospitals. This is 19% up compared with the previous week. On Sunday 27 September 46 patients with COVID-19 were admitted to Belgian hospitals. Currently 654 patients with COVID-19 are being cared for in the country’s hospitals. Of these 135 are on intensive care wards.
· During the week between 18 and 24 September an average of 4 people per day died of COVID-19. This is a slight increase on the figures released on previous days.