Over the past seven days, an average of 1,541 people were found to be positive for the corona virus. That is a slight decrease compared to the day before. Hospital admissions are also stagnating.
Between September 19 and 25, an average of 1,540.7 people a day were infected with the corona virus. A day earlier there were 1,589.7. This seems to have slowed the increase in infections.
On September 25, the last known full-day figure, 1,387 infections were reported. That is less than the 2,187 infections reported on September 21. It was the first time since the summer flare-up that more than 2,000 infections were identified.
The Sciensano knowledge center follows the evolution of new infections on the basis of the seven-day average instead of daily values. In this way, the weekend effect is smoothed out and the data can be supplemented with test results that are only supplied by the labs after a few days.
Early detection of local outbreaks remains important. That is why Sciensano uses a flashing light system, which switches the light to orange if more than 20 infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported in a municipality in the past seven days. If the number of new infections then increases seven days in a row, the light turns red.
Brussels and Antwerp
Last summer, viruses arose in Antwerp and Brussels. These are still visible on the map today. The situation in the Brussels Region – where the crisis unit has taken extra measures – remains particularly serious. In addition, clusters are also emerging outside the cities.
New infections mainly affect people under the age of 50, which is very similar to the start of the epidemic in March.
It is important to know who gets infected and where because the virus is found worldwide to spread via small explosions that can set everything on fire again without extinguishing. That is why it is crucial that the government continues to focus on the test-trace insulation strategy. It must first be possible to test for potential contamination on a large scale.
Because of the massive testing – an average of 35,784 people were tested over the past seven days – the positivity ratio has a good corona compass. Sciensano calculates this ratio by comparing the number of positive tests against the number of tests performed. In Belgium, this ratio is about 4 percent, with large regional differences. Because Sciensano does not share the underlying data, De Tijd compared the number of positively tested people against the number of people tested. Both indicators are broadly the same. A difference is only possible if someone takes a number of negative tests for a positive test.
The detection rate of positive cases shows that the virus is indeed on the rise, but there is no reason to panic. It mainly serves to follow the evolution of the pandemic because comparison with March is difficult. The positivity ratio was at its peak at 30 percent, but then, due to scarcity, only people with clear disease symptoms were tested. Testing is now much broader.
Sciensano has recently also announced the number of tests per province and the Brussels Region. Antwerp tests the most, but if we compare the number of tests per inhabitant, Brussels tests the same amount. Yet the positivity rate is much higher. Brussels is above it with 10.1 percent, while Limburg is at 2.3 percent.
According to hospital statistics, an average of 64 patients are admitted per day. 654 people are in Belgian hospitals with Covid-19, compared to almost 7,000 at the peak of the epidemic. 135 patients are treated in intensive care.
Not only the direct – the number of registered and suspected Covid-19 deaths – but also the indirect impact – people who postpone vital treatments – plays a role. It is certain that more people die than average. This excess mortality peaked in our country during the week of March 30. Then there were 2,087 more deaths than normal, or an excess mortality rate of 95 percent.
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