From January 1 to May 23, 2021, there were 45,283 deaths from all causes in Belgium. These data are available on the federal Statbel website. Last year, for the same period, we were at a record figure of 53,886 deaths, or 8,603 more than in 2021. In 2019, still for this same period, there were 45,782 deaths. For 2018 it was 47.903 and for 2017: 47.003. This therefore means that for the last five years, 2021 records the period when there have been the fewest deaths. We are therefore no longer in excess mortality this year, quite the contrary.
The other encouraging figures come from Sciensano. From May 28 to June 3, there was an average of 78 new hospitalizations per day, a decrease of 22% from the previous week. This Thursday, June 3, we were below 75 (74 exactly with… 25 hospitalizations just for Hainaut). The number of daily deaths continues to drop. Between May 25 and May 31, there were 13.4 on average (-24%). This Friday, during his visit to Sudpresse, Yves Van Laethem said that we will exceed the threshold of 25,000 deaths from Covid in Belgium this weekend. Since the start of the epidemic in March 2020, there has only been one day where no death from Covid has been reported. It was July 10th. And there were twelve days with a single death: July 6, 8, 13, 19, 21, 25 and 28, August 30, and September 5, 12, 13 and 17.
During the week of May 24 to 30, there was only one death due to Covid in the provinces of Walloon Brabant and Luxembourg.
The virus is circulating (still) too much
You still want the positive, well, so to speak? As of Thursday, there were only 1,063 occupied Covid beds in non-intensive care units (-22%) and 364 in intensive care (-26%). In Walloon Brabant, there is only one patient in an ICU, in Luxembourg: 2. This Thursday, 4,882,939 people had received a first dose of vaccine (53% of those over 18), 2,351 .884 even received the second dose (25.4%).
There is always the same single shadow on the Belgian table. The virus is still circulating too heavily with 1,875 cases recorded on average per day between May 25 and May 31. At the European level, where we calculate the new cases per 100,000 inhabitants recorded during the last 14 days, we figure in a (very) bad 4th place! Behind Lithuania, the Netherlands and Latvia.