Coronavirus in Belgium: 985 fewer hospital beds occupied compared to the peak of November 3

According to the latest figures in the daily epidemiological bulletin, there were 6,504 coronavirus patients in hospitals on Saturday, 4% less compared to Friday and 13.1% less compared to November 3. On that day, a record number of beds were occupied (7,489).

1,423 patients are still in intensive care, a number which starts to decline after a very slight increase on Saturday when it had fallen from 1,452 to 1,457. Among intensive care patients, 870 need help to breathe, against 897 in Sciensano’s report released on Saturday. Over the past seven days, the total number of occupied hospital beds has decreased by 391, including 41 in intensive care.

Over the same period of time, there was an average of 479 new patients admitted to a hospital daily, 23% less than the previous week. Since the start of the pandemic, 38,283 have been admitted to hospital.

According to Sciensano figures, 1,142 transfers have been registered since October 1, of which 26 still took place on Friday.

The number of confirmed contaminations is also falling. On average, from November 5 to 11, there were 5,246 daily contaminations, a decrease of 51% compared to the previous seven days. Belgium has totaled 531,280 positive cases since March and the start of the pandemic.

The country also deplores 14,303 deaths from Covid-19. From November 5 to 11, an average of 202 people died each day, a figure up 15.3% from the previous week, for a total of 1,414 for that week as a whole. It is again the age group over 85 that is most affected. The death record for this second wave is now 215 as of November 6, according to updated statistics from Sciensano.

The incidence, which accounts for the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, is 968.6 (-45%). This is the first time that it has dropped below the 1,000 mark for several weeks.

The virus reproduction rate, calculated on the basis of the number of new cases diagnosed by laboratory tests, stands at 0.860 nationally. This figure, below the bar of 1 for a few days, means that the epidemic is tending to slow down.

Finally, the test positivity rate, namely the proportion of positive people out of all those tested, now reaches 20.8% (-5.7%) nationally.

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