The number of new admissions of patients with the coronavirus continues to decline, according to the latest figures released Saturday morning by the public health institute Sciensano. Between September 11 and 17, an average of 60 Covid-19 patients arrived in hospitals each day, a drop of 11% compared to the previous week. Currently, 713 people (+ 1%) are still hospitalized as a result of the coronavirus, of which 213 (-6%) are in intensive care units, and 121 patients required respiratory assistance.
New infections increased slightly by 3% over the seven days from September 8 to 14, reaching an average of 1,993 per day. In total, more than 1.2 million people have been infected with the virus in Belgium since March 2020.
Among the new cases detected during the period from September 8, 2021 to September 14, i.e. 13,953 new cases, 5,292 (38%) were reported in Flanders, 4,949 (35%) in Wallonia, including 105 cases for the German-speaking Community, and 3,385 (24%) in Brussels.
Also between September 8 and 14, 45,000 tests were carried out on average daily, or 14% more than the previous week. The positivity rate is 4.9% and the reproduction rate is 0.97, which means the epidemic is in decline. The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 239.5 over 14 days, down 2%.
During this same period, an average of 7 people died each day from Covid-19, a decline of 6%. In total, more than 25,500 people have died in Belgium since the start of the pandemic. For the period September 8-14, 2021, 50 deaths were reported; 19 in Flanders, 21 in Wallonia and 10 in Brussels.
Meanwhile, 86% of the adult population has received at least a first injection of a coronavirus vaccine and 84% have been fully vaccinated.