In the week from 1 to 7 March, an average of 145.1 patients a day were admitted to hospital after being infected with the corona virus. That is a decrease of 3 percent compared to the previous week. The figures can be read on the dashboard of the health institute Sciensano.
After fears were made last week for an exponential growth in the corona figures in our country, this does not appear to be the case now. On the contrary, after a long period of increases, there is now for the first time in more than a week a decrease in the number of hospital admissions in our country.
On average 2,343.9 new infections per day (-3 percent)
In the past week, an average of 2,344 new infections with the Covid-19 virus were detected in Belgium. That is also a decrease of 3 percent compared to a week earlier.
At the moment, an average of 42,736.6 corona tests are taken daily in our country. That is 7 percent more than in the previous seven-day period. The percentage of tests that turn out to be positive, the so-called positivity ratio, decreases very slightly. This is now at 6.3 percent, which is 0.5 percent lower than yesterday.
Average of 145.1 hospital admissions per day (-3 percent)
For the first time in a few weeks, there has been a decrease in the number of hospital admissions. That figure rose by more than 20 percent last week, but now it is a decrease of 3 percent to an average of 145.1 per day.
Yesterday, 1,932 patients were hospitalized after being infected with the corona virus. That is 3 percent more than last week. 426 people are in the intensive care unit. That is an increase of 2 percent.
Average of 25 deaths per day (-2.3 percent)
During the past week, an average of 25 patients died daily from the consequences of a corona infection. That figure remained about the same compared to a week earlier. In total, 22,261 people in our country have already died from the consequences of a corona infection.
To date, 618,280 Belgians have already received at least one dose of a corona vaccine. That accounts for 6.67 percent of the population over the age of 18 and 5.34 percent of the entire population. 339,603 people also received their second vaccination and are therefore fully vaccinated against the corona virus. This corresponds to 3.68 percent of adults in our country and 2.95 percent of the entire population.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expects the European Union to receive significantly more vaccines from next month. According to her, it would be a doubling of deliveries. These include the vaccines that have already been approved in the EU, those from Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency will most likely also recommend the approval of the Janssen and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
From today it is again allowed to meet outside with 10 people. In addition, it is still mandatory to keep a distance of 1.5 meters and, if distance is not possible, to wear a mouth mask. In addition, as of today, 50 people may also be present at funerals and funerals.
Children up to 13 may also participate again in organized indoor activities with 10 people, outside it may be 25 people. For young people up to 18, this may be 10 people outside and indoor activities are still prohibited. Finally, private saunas are also allowed to reopen their doors to people living at the same address. Ice cream vendors, photographers and hairdressers can also resume their work.