An average of 327.7 people per day tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium during the past week, according to figures by Sciensano on Wednesday.
The trend of new infections per day has risen by 70% over the 7-day period from 19 to 25 July, compared to the average of 260.2 new infections the week before.
The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, is 66,662. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases as well as patients who have since recovered, or died from the consequences of the virus.
Across Belgium, 31.7 infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been detected in the past two weeks, which is an increase of 177% compared to the 14 days before. The majority of new cases are still coming from the province of Antwerp.
From 22 to 28 July, the authorities recorded an average of 17.9 new hospital admissions per day, which is an increase of 45% compared to the daily average of 15.1 the week before.
In total, 232 patients are admitted to hospital, of which 49 are in the intensive care unit, according to Sciensano’s dashboard.
An average number of 2.1 deaths occurred per day over the 7-day period from 18 to 25 July. The trend decreased slightly, compared to the daily average of 2.6 deaths in the week before.
The total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 9,833.
“It will take a few more weeks before the effect of the new measures on the number of new infections will be visible. Until then, the number of cases will continue to increase,” the health authorities warned.