more than 13,000 cases, 421 hospitalizations and 50 deaths reported in...

We believed to detect a slight decline in the very rapid progression of the coronavirus in Belgium, but it is not confirmed on Thursday, October 22: 13,227 cases detected more were reported to Sciensano in the past 24 hours. This is partly linked to the increase in tests (60,000 per day on average now, or 35% more than the previous week), and the phenomena of delayed results, but it remains the absolute record. since the start of the epidemic. Once these cases have been broken down by date of diagnosis, the average number of new daily infections, calculated between October 12 and 18, continues to increase and now stands at 9692. That’s a 75% increase from the previous week.

This increase in cases continues to be marked in the occupancy of beds in our hospitals: Belgium has passed the threshold of 3,000 patients currently hospitalized for Covid-19. In total, 3,274 Covid-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Belgium for Covid-19 and 525 are being treated in intensive care.

Here too, we have taken a new step, with 421 admissions in 24 hours. There, it is not a record, but we must go back to April 10 to find figures of such amplitude, and above all, their rise is continuous. Between October 15 and 21, hospitalizations therefore continued their strong increase, with an average of 319.1 daily admissions (+ 88%).

50 deaths have also been added to the disastrous toll of the epidemic in Belgium. There too, it is a new peak that we had not reached since mid-May. During the period of October 12-18, the virus killed more than 33 on average per day, constituting an increase of 87% deaths compared to the previous week. Since the start of the epidemic in Belgium, 10,539 people have died from the coronavirus in Belgium.

The test positivity rate, i.e. the proportion of positive people out of all those tested also continues to rise: it is now reaching 16,3% at the national level, with significant regional disparities: it now exceeds 25% in Liège, for example, or one in 4 positive people in the province.

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