Coronavirus: indicators deteriorate sharply in the province of Luxembourg (infographic)
Sciensano estimates that the number of cases is doubling every 10 days in this province.
2.153 people are currently hospitalized due to an infection with the coronavirus, according to figures updated on Saturday noon by the Sciensano Public Health Institute. Among these people, 550 patients are treated in intensive care (28% of beds available in these departments). The number of hospital admissions is up 26% from the previous week, with an average of 187 new daily hospitalizations between March 13 and March 19.
Between March 10 and March 16, 3,438 new coronavirus infections were recorded on average every day, up 36% from the previous week. Since the start of the crisis, 827,941 cases of coronavirus have been identified in Belgium.
The positivity rate, ie the proportion of positive tests compared to all the screenings carried out, amounts to 7.2%. The tests were most numerous in the 40-64 age group (107,490 carried out between March 10 and 16), for a positivity rate of 7.7%. Among 10-19 year olds, “only” 44,905 screenings were carried out but 8.8% were positive. Those over 65 have the lowest positivity rate (5.9%).
During the same seven-day period, an average of 50,800 tests were performed daily, up 14% from the previous week.
The reproduction rate (Rt) of the coronavirus also reached 1.14, against 1.16 the day before. When it is greater than 1, it means that the transmission of the virus is accelerating.
Almost 10% of the adult population vaccinated
Geographically, the province of Namur still largely records the highest incidence (the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants detected in 14 days) with 549 cases per 100,000 inhabitants between March 3 and 16. The Brussels region (458 / 100,000) and East Flanders (421 / 100,000) follow. These values are increasing everywhere. The most significant increase (62%) is observed in the province of Luxembourg, where Sciensano estimates that the number of cases is doubling every 10 days.
On the vaccination side, nearly 10% (9.8%) of the adult Belgian population had received a first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus on Thursday, while almost half (4.6%) had vaccination coverage complete.
Between March 10 and March 16, more than 23 people (23.6) died on average per day from the virus, bringing the toll to 22,650 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.