The second wave seems to calm down more and more. This is evident from the new update of Sciensano. “Looking across the entire territory, the exponential growth seems to have stopped for the time being,” he says.
In the past week, an average of 580 people a day contracted an infection. In total, 4,061 new infections were registered in seven days. This means that the number of new infections has risen by 16 percent in a week. In total, 74,152 Belgians were infected by the corona virus.
Virologist Steven Van Gucht is cautiously positive. The number of infections has even fallen in Antwerp. “Looking across the entire territory, exponential growth seems to have stopped for the time being. We are still seeing an increase in the number of new cases, but that increase has slowed in recent days. In the city of Antwerp, we are now seeing a slight decrease in the number of new cases, which could mean that the peak may be behind us. Leaving Antwerp aside, we currently see the largest numbers of new reported cases in the Brussels-Capital Region and in the province of Liège. About 500 new cases were reported in both regions in the past week. We also see somewhat positive signs here. The increase seems to be less than a few days ago, ”he says.
Slight increase in admissions and deaths
During the past week, an average of 27 new corona patients were admitted to hospitals per day. That is 12 percent more than the week before. There are now 285 patients in our hospitals, including 69 in intensive care.
In the past week, an average of 3.4 people died from the corona virus per day. That is an increase of 33 percent from last week. The total death toll now stands at 9,872.