On average in the week to 22 February 123 patients with Covid, the disease caused by coronavirus, were hospitalised each day. The figure is up 1% on the week.
On Monday 108 patients were hospitalised. 37 were discharged.
1,708 patients are currently in hospital with Covid. 348 are in intensive care. 175 are on a ventilator.
In the week to 19 February on average 35 deaths a day were linked to Covid. The figure is down 12% on the week.
On average during the last seven-day observation period, the week to 19 February, 2,099 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed each day. The figure is up 14% on the week.
On average 37,500 tests are carried out each day in the week to 19 February. The figure is down 15% on the week.
6.3% of tests came back positive.
By 21 February 407,296 people in Belgium had received their first shot of the corona vaccine. That’s 4.42% of the adult population. 265,691 people have had their second jab.
Hospitalisations are on the rise, but hospitalisations from care homes are down 36%. Sciensano virologist Steven Van Gucht believes the fall may be linked to vaccinations.
“Among the general public hospitalisations were up 5% last week, while hospitalisations from care homes fell by 36%.”
In December care home residents made up 18% of all hospitalisations. The figure has fallen constantly and today stands at 6%.
Deaths too are falling and the fall is most pronounced in care homes: down 30% last week compared to down 12% among the public at large.