The average number of patients admitted to the hospital rose to 30.3 per day between September 7 and 13, the Sciensano Public Health Institute said on Monday in its daily epidemiological bulletin. This represents an increase of 78% from the previous seven day period. The reproduction rate (Rt), which calculates the contagiousness of the virus, is now above 1 in all provinces. Sciensano recalls in its report that an epidemic should continue if the Rt has a value greater than 1 and decrease if the Rt is lower than this rate.
On Monday, the reproduction rate in the province of Namur rose to 1.133, while on Sunday it was 0.974. The median estimate of the reproduction rate is currently the highest in West Flanders, at 1.598. Reproduction rate estimates by province are based on the number of new cases diagnosed by laboratory tests. Nationally, the reproduction rate, based on the number of hospitalizations, is estimated at 1,463 for the period September 7 to 13.
As for the average number of coronavirus contaminations, it is 680.6 per day for the period between September 4 and 10, an increase of 42% compared to the previous seven-day period. Data for the last three days still need to be consolidated. The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Belgium now stands at 93,455 since the start of the epidemic.
The number of hospital admissions is on the rise and stands at 30.3 per day on average for the period from September 7 to 13. During the previous seven-day period, this daily average was 17. A total of 19,313 people have been hospitalized due to a Covid-19 pathology since March 15.
According to Sciensano, on Sunday, 291 hospital beds were occupied for coronavirus cases (+ 30%). Occupancy in intensive care units also increased (+ 34%) with 71 beds occupied.
Mortality is down, with 2.4 deaths per day on average, which is a 26% decrease from the previous week. In Belgium, 9,925 people have died from Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic.
From September 4 to September 10, 180,822 tests were carried out, which corresponds to a daily average of 25,832 tests.