Covid deaths edge higher

There’s been a further rise in the average number of new coronavirus cases.  On average 1,561 people a day tested positive during the last seven-day observation period from 21 to 27 September.  The figure is up 8% on the week.

The number of people testing positive compared to the number of tests has risen sharply.  5.3% of tests are now coming back positive, though, as fewer holidaymakers are returning home and need to get a test, this probably isn’t too worrying.

In the week starting 24 September on average 69 people a day were hospitalised with Covid. The figure is up 12% on the week.

738 patients are currently being treated for Covid; 157 are receiving critical care; 75 patients are on a ventilator.

Compared with the spring, the number of deaths remains low, but is rising.  On average 6 deaths a day were linked with coronavirus in the week starting 21 September compared with 5 the previous week.

More detailed information is available on the Sciensano website.

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