On Sunday, there were 1,803 hospitalized Covid-19 patients in Belgium (-17% less in one week), including 616 in intensive care (-12% in one week). At this rate, the intermediate goal of 500 patients in intensive care should be reached by the end of May.
Between May 10 and May 16, there were an average of 138.1 new hospital admissions per day of Sars-CoV-2 positive people, a decrease of 15% from the previous reporting period.
At the same time, an average of 26.1 people died per day from the virus, which represents a significant decrease of 28% over one week. Belgium, however, had to deplore 24,709 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Some 46,500 tests on average were also carried out daily, for a positivity rate which has been eroding for some time and now reaches 6% (-0.6%).
The proportion of positive tests out of all the screenings carried out is highest for 10-19 year olds (7.9% of positive tests) and lowest for those over 65 (4%). Geographically, the province of Hainaut has the highest positivity rate (9%) and Flemish Brabant the lowest (4.6%).
The virus’s reproduction rate is estimated at 0.88, according to the institute’s dashboard. When it is less than 1, this indicator means that the epidemic tends to slow down. It is lowest in Limburg (0.70) and highest in Walloon Brabant (0.94).
The incidence, which indicates the average number of new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 321.1 over 14 days (-21%).
Since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, 1,031,923 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed, a number which however strongly underestimates the reality, given the lack of testing capacity during the first wave of the epidemic. . During the period from May 7 to 13, 2021, 15,871 new cases were diagnosed, of which 52% in Flanders, 36% in Wallonia and 10% in Brussels.
Finally, nearly 34% of the population has already received a first injection of a vaccine against the coronavirus, i.e. 3,889,089 people (42.3% of the adult population). More than one million people are fully vaccinated, or 11.7% of the total population and 14.6% of those aged 18 and over. Between December 28, 2020, which corresponds to the start of the vaccination campaign in Belgium, and May 15, 2021, nearly 5.2 million doses were administered in the country.