Between January 5 and 11, 24,162 new Sars-CoV-2 contaminations were detected on average per day, an increase of 51% compared to the previous week, according to figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute. updated Saturday morning. Nearly three out of ten tests are now positive: more than 88,400 tests have been carried out daily for a positivity rate of 29.1%.
During this period, nearly 20 people died per day on average from the virus (-11%), bringing the death toll to around 28,600 since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.
Between January 8 and January 14, there were an average of 189 hospital admissions per day due to coronavirus, an increase of 8% compared to the previous reporting period. A total of 2,106 people are still hospitalized due to Covid-19, including 410 patients treated in intensive care (-12%).
The reproduction rate of the virus is 1.06. When it is greater than 1, this indicator means that the epidemic tends to accelerate. The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 2,441 over 14 days.
Since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, more than 2.4 million coronavirus infections have been diagnosed.