In the spring, the number of hospital admissions and the number of people requiring intensive care were the indicators observed to measure the epidemic. “And this is still the case,” says Steven Van Gucht at Nieuwsblad. “But there’s a good reason we’re also looking at the number of infections. Because it is an indicator of what we see ten days later in hospitals. “
“We know there are more positive cases than the numbers indicate, not everyone gets tested. When all metrics increase, hospital numbers will also continue to increase. “The virologist therefore sounds the alarm:” This will continue to increase, we are not yet at the peak because we now have many more contacts than a year ago, more than even six months ago. . “
However, this wave is not comparable to previous ones thanks to one factor, vaccination which protects against a more serious form of the disease. “Vaccination protects 50% against infection and the spread of the virus, which is good, but not 100%. The virologist therefore calls for our contacts to be limited to the same people. “It is better to keep stable contacts. We need to slow this spread as quickly as possible and limiting the number of different contacts can certainly have an impact. “
Numbers of the day
As a reminder, this Monday, November 22, Belgium broke its record for daily contamination since the start of the pandemic with 23,621 cases, according to unconsolidated figures from the Sciensano Health Institute published on Thursday.
The previous record stood at 22,221 cases on October 27. However, it is important to note that the number of tests is also breaking records with 131,885 tests carried out on Friday, November 19.
Between November 15 and 21, 16,100 new Sars-CoV-2 infections were detected on average per day, up 53% from the previous week.
Nearly 108,200 tests on average were also performed daily, for a positivity rate of 15.7%. It is still the 0-9 year olds the most affected with 23.7% of positive tests, followed by the 40-64 year olds with 17%. The German-speaking Community and the province of Limburg have the highest positivity rate with 18.8% each. They are followed by the provinces of West Flanders (17.7%) and East Flanders (17.4%).
Between November 18 and 24, there were an average of 294.6 hospital admissions per day due to coronavirus, an increase of 21% from the previous reporting period. In total, 3,397 people are still hospitalized due to Covid-19, including 659 patients treated in intensive care (+ 16%).
Since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, more than 1.7 million cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed.
Over the period studied from November 15 to 21, 37.3 people died per day on average from the consequences of the virus (+33%), bringing the toll to 26,743 deaths since the start of the health crisis in Belgium.
The virus’s reproduction rate is 1.12. When it is greater than 1, this indicator means that the epidemic is tending to accelerate. The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 1,616 over 14 days.
Currently, 8,670,937 Belgians are fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to 75% of the population.