A 115% increase in new coronavirus cases in the Belgian and Flemish capital has been recorded in recent days. That works out at 270 new cases a day.
Admittedly, the number of tests being carried out across the Brussels Region has also increased exponentially. Around New Year’s only 2,000 tests a day were performed. This has now risen to 7,000 a day in the latest figures.
New infections are primarily being recorded in low age groups: among children, teenagers, people in their twenties and thirties. Returning travellers and expats are also leaving their mark.
“The percentage of positive tests remains low and under 5% in Brussels” says Bart Meseure, though hospitalisations have risen 17%.