In the period from August 2 to August 8, an average of 604.1 people per day in our country became infected with Covid-19. This is an increase of 12 percent over the previous seven days. This is evident from the daily update of health institute Sciensano on Wednesday.
In the Brussels-Capital Region, the weekly average mark of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has been passed. Wearing a mouth mask for everyone over the age of 12 is therefore now mandatory throughout the Brussels-Capital Region.
A total of 75,008 people in our country tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, 388 more than reported the day before.
Hospital admissions rose 21 percent between August 2 and 8 to an average of 27.4 admissions per day. On Tuesday, a further 307 beds (-5) were occupied by Covid-19 patients. Of these, 77 (+4) were in intensive care, 38 people (-4) were ventilated.
Between 2 and 8 August, an average of 3.7 corona patients died every day, an increase of 63 percent on a weekly basis. In total, some 9,885 patients in Belgium have already died from the effects of the lung virus. That was 6 more than a day previously reported.
Mouth mask mandatory in Brussels
In the Brussels-Capital Region, wearing a mouth mask that covers the nose and mouth is now mandatory for everyone aged 12 or older. The measure applies in all public places and private places accessible to the public throughout the region. Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort announced this on Wednesday morning.
The regulations do provide for a few exceptions. No face mask is required during sports activities, when performing intensive physical work on public roads, and for people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask or face shield. Social distancing must always be observed, it continues.
When it is not possible to wear a mouth mask or a fabric alternative for medical reasons, a face shield may be used.
Police controls will be reinforced to enforce this measure and all other measures issued by the National Security Council on July 27.