During the week from 15 to 21 November an average of 788 positive PCR test results for coronavirus were recorded in Belgium each day. This is up 28% up compared with the average from 8 to 14 November. Between 15 and 21 November an average of 6,100 PCR tests for coronavirus were carried out in Belgium every day.
This is up 12% on the previous week. Of those tested 14.1% tested positive for coronavirus, a rise of 1 percentage point on the previous week. The basic reproductive rate (R0) for coronavirus currently stands at 1.15.
Hospitalisations and deaths
During the past 7 days (18 to 24 September) an average of 54 patients with coronavirus were admitted to hospital each day. This figure that only includes those admitted specifically due to the ill-effects of COVID-19 is 27% up on the average for the previous week.
There are currently 762 patients with COVID-19 in the country’s hospitals. This figure that is 17% up on a week ago includes all patients that have tested positive for coronavirus, also those initially admitted for treatment on other ailments. Of those hospitalised with COVID-19 44 patients are on intensive care wards.
This up 10% on a week ago. During the past week an average of 3 people with COVID-19 died each day. This is down 51% on the previous week. Since the onset of the pandemic in Belgium 33,042 people with COVID-19 have died here.