The latest surge has pushed the total number of Covid patients in Belgian hospitals to 1,100. This number is one third up in one week's time. 250 patients are in a bad way and had to be admitted in intensive care, one third more than the week before last week.
Over 4,000 new cases are being reported each day, a rise of 65 percent on the week while the number of Covid tests only went up 20 percent to reach 54,100 per day.
The R-value or reproduction figure has risen to 1.37. This means that 100 new patients will pass on coronavirus to 137 others. The epidemic will gain momentum as long as the R-value remains above 1. The number of Covid fatalities has climbed to 13 per day last week.