The average number of daily infections with the coronavirus remains the same, but all other figures are increasing again. Most figures are slight increases, but the number of hospital admissions is increasing sharply.
In the latest figures on the Sciensano dashboard, we see that all figures are now on the rise. In recent days there was still a decrease in all these figures, but it has now turned into an increase. The number of hospital admissions in particular is rising sharply.
Average 2.008.9 new infections per day (+0 percent)
In the week from 14 to 20 January, an average of 2,008.9 new infections were diagnosed daily. That is exactly the same as in the previous seven-day period. At the beginning of this week, this figure was already above 2,000. This was followed by a period in which this figure was lower, but now it is again above that limit since yesterday. In total, 691,854 Belgians have been infected with the corona virus in our country.
Currently, an average of 41,125.3 tests are administered daily. That is a decrease of 10 percent compared to a week earlier. This decrease can be explained by the fact that the end of the Christmas holidays is no longer included in the average. Then a lot of people returned from a trip. Recently, all travelers returning from a red zone are obliged to undergo two tests.
The percentage of tests that turn out to be positive, the so-called positivity ratio, continues to increase. This is now 5.5 percent, 0.5 percent higher than a week ago. This means that our country is still close to the 5 percent threshold that the World Health Organization uses to see the crisis under control. However, experts in our country want to see this figure fall to 3 percent before introducing easing.
Average 132.6 hospital admissions per day (+14 percent)
The number of hospital admissions is increasing sharply. This now amounts to an average of 132.6 per day, which is an increase of 14 percent. These numbers declined for a while at the start of the new year, but that drop narrowed to 2 percent yesterday and turned into an increase earlier this week.
A total of 1,888 people were hospitalized yesterday after being infected with the corona virus. That is 35 fewer than the day before. 327 of this are in intensive care units. There are also fewer than the day before. Here 11 beds were released. 178 people must be artificially ventilated.
Average of 51.3 deaths per day (+1.4 percent)
The average number of deaths per day is also increasing. Between January 14 and 20, an average of 51.3 people died every day from the effects of a corona infection. That is an increase of 1.4 percent compared to a week earlier. In total, 20,726 people have already died of Covid-19 in our country.
At present, 183,387 people in our country have already been vaccinated against the corona virus for the first time. This concerns the first phase of the vaccinations that take place among residents and staff of residential care centers.
In proportion, 1.99 percent of the Belgian population over 18 years of age is currently partially vaccinated against the corona virus.