In the week to 2 January on average 1,580 people tested positive for coronavirus each day. The figure is down 13% on the week. The number of tests fell by 15% during this period. In the week to 2 January on average 25,300 tests a day were carried out. It’s possible that a number of infections remained undetected during this period that included the New Year’s holiday. 7.2% of tests are coming back positive.
So far there have been 652,735 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Belgium.
In the week to 5 January on average 132 people a day were hospitalised with Covid, the disease caused by coronavirus. The figure is 16% down on the week.
2,141 patients are currently being treated for Covid in hospital. The figure is down 86 on the day. 430 (-33) are in critical care with 255 (-10) on a ventilator. 148 patients were admitted yesterday, 228 were discharged.
The average daily number of Covid deaths continues to fall. In the week to 2 January on average 67 people with Covid died each day. The figure is down 16% on the week. So far 19,827 people with confirmed or suspected Covid have died in Belgium.