Number of corona deaths in Belgium rises above “symbolic limit …

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Steven Van Gucht
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The corona virus has already killed 10,001 people in Belgium. “A symbolic border that hides a lot of grief. Sadness that cannot be quantified ”, says virologist Steven Van Gucht. A total of 117,115 confirmed infections have also been detected in our country.

The increase in the number of infections continues to progress more slowly. In the week of 20 to 26 September, an average of 1,550.6 confirmed corona infections per day were detected in Belgium. Compared to a week earlier, this is an increase of 9 percent. “The fact that the rise is leveling off does not mean that there is no more intense circulation,” says Steven Van Gucht.

“Because that circulation is indeed there. The number of positive tests remains high, at 5.3 percent. Vigilance is still required. ” Only: in many other European countries the figures continue to rise. “The delay for us is therefore not self-evident. So our efforts can make a difference. ” In our country there are now a total of 117,115 confirmed infections. 2,302 cases (53 percent) in

Flanders, 35 747 (31 percent) cases in Wallonia and 17 936 (15 percent) cases in Brussels.

Highest number of cases in Brussels

The highest number of new cases is still registered in Brussels. The percentage of positive tests in the Brussels-Capital Region is more than 10 percent twice as high as in the rest of the country. Nevertheless, there is also a gradual stabilization in Brussels: the number of new cases has increased by 4 percent.

Ten new deaths on both Monday and Tuesday

Ten new deaths were registered on both Monday and Tuesday. The data from the last three days have not yet been included in the daily averages, with the result that in the most recent seven-day period with consolidated data, an average of four deaths is still recorded.

In the previous seven-day period, that was three more deaths. With these new deaths, our country has passed the symbolic mark of 10,000 deaths. “It is a symbolic border behind which a lot of grief hides,” says Steven Van Gucht. “Sadness that cannot be quantified.”

Last week, an average of 66.7 people a day were also admitted to the hospital, 14.6 more compared to 7 days ago. There are currently 716 people in hospital, 150 of whom are in an intensive care unit.

Reproduction Number: 1.126

The reproduction number, based on the number of hospital admissions, is 1.126. If one looks at provincial level, that figure is highest in Namur (1,323). For Limburg, this is 1,221. For most other provinces, that figure fluctuates between 1 and 1.1. East Flanders, Liège and Walloon Brabant have a reproduction number lower than 1.

Number of infections in children under the age of 10 is decreasing

The weekly averages continue to fall for children younger than 10 years old, while the averages stabilize for 10 to 20 year olds. In contrast, for the over-70s, the increase is twice the national average. This increase in the elderly population is also reflected in more outbreaks in residential care centers. This seems to be increasing, especially in Brussels.

Finally, this: During the period from September 20 to September 26, 257 638 tests were performed, or a daily average of 36 805 tests. (cdh)





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