The figures for the coronavirus in Belgium.
Ls past week, 1,196 new cases were recorded on average per day, an increase of 62% compared to the previous week, the Sciensano Public Health Institute said during its press briefing on Monday. “The daily averages currently reached are twice as high as in the second week of August,” said Boudewijn Catry, interfederal spokesperson for Covid-19. Last Monday, 1,717 new cases were identified, the highest number of new infections in a day since the increase in the number of cases.
The 10-19 age group now appears to be the category with the highest number of new infections in absolute terms. The age group over 60 is also experiencing a greater increase in the number of contaminations, according to Boudewijn Catry. “We should therefore expect more severe cases of the disease,” he says.
Increases in cases continue across the country, but the Brussels-Capital Region records the highest number, with 241 new daily cases last week (+ 44%). “Weekly averages in Brussels are now twice as high as during the first upsurge in the number of new cases in August,” warns Boudewijn Catry. They also remain particularly high in the provinces of Antwerp (+ 60%) and Liège (+ 86%).
35,000 tests per day
Between September 11 and 17, nearly 35,000 tests were performed on average per day. During this same period, the average positivity rate, that is to say the number of positive tests on all the tests carried out, reached 3.7% nationally. It varied from 1.7% in Limburg to 7.6% in Brussels.
Last week, around 45 hospital admissions were recorded on average daily. On Saturday, 51 new hospitalizations were recorded in one day. “This is the first time since May 21 that more than 50 new admissions have been reported in one day,” said Boudewijn Catry. For hospitalizations too, the figures are increasing in all regions but Brussels remains in the lead, followed by Antwerp, Hainaut and Liège.
“We can keep the virus under control”
However, the increase in the number of new hospitalizations does not seem to translate for the moment into an increase in deaths, notes the interfederal spokesperson. Death figures remain stable, oscillating between two and three on average each day.
“We can keep the virus under control,” he says. “We were able to demonstrate this at the beginning of August when our joint efforts led to a decrease in the curve. “