Coronavirus: “If we remain stuck, we will have to think about new measures”, warns Geert Molenberghs

The biostatistics professor is worried about the stagnation in the number of hospital admissions.

Sf indicators of the coronavirus pandemic have shown encouraging figures in the past weeks, signs of concern emerged a few days ago. They now tend to be confirmed. For the fourth day in a row, the average number of hospital admissions no longer decreases but stagnates, at 189 admissions per day.

According to biostatistics professor Geert Molenberghs, all this is worrying, to the point that he does not rule out new measurements, as he told our colleagues from The last news. “If we get stuck, we will have to think of new measures, such as limiting international traffic, but that’s faster said than done. “

The number of patients currently hospitalized for Covid-19 is 3,213, a slight increase of + 2%, including 739 in intensive care (-2%), according to the latest statistics from the Institute of Public Health Sciensano published on Monday morning . Belgium has a total of 591,756 cases of the new coronavirus since the start of the pandemic for 17,320 deaths.

From November 27 to December 3, the average new daily infections is 2,163 (-10%) and that of deaths is 109.4 (-19%). Hospital admissions fell 18% to 188.7 on average per day between November 30 and December 6. The rate of positive tests is 8.8% (-1.6%).

The incidence, which reflects the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, stands at 278.1 (-49%) for the period from November 20 to December 3.


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