All indicators of the coronavirus epidemic in Belgium are still green on June 1, 2021, the downward trend continuing in all areas and in all regions.
Long lagging behind, Hainaut is also beginning to unclog those Covid beds. There are 20 fewer patients in intensive care in a few days! And admissions there dropped in one week by … 42%!
The main cause for concern is that the number of beds in intensive care remains globally below 500, the threshold set by the authorities to begin a new deconfinement phase from June 9. This is a number that has fallen by 19% in one week.
Consolidated figures from the Sciensano table
Note: these figures are taken from updated data published by Sciensano on “opendata“, and put in table form here: https://epistat.wiv-isp.be/covid/covid-19.html
Cases detected*: There have been 1766 new infections on average per day between 22 and 28 May, a decrease of 27% compared to the previous week. These figures should however be interpreted with caution insofar as a public holiday (Whit Monday, editor’s note) influences the calculation of the average. As a reminder, we always test significantly less on public holidays.
Tests : During this period, there was 43.600 tests, a decrease of 12% from the previous seven days.
Admissions : There was on average 84,4 new hospital admissions per day of people positive for Sars-CoV-2 between May 25 and May 31. This is a decrease of 27% compared to the previous reference period.
Hospitalized people**: 1232 patients are in hospital, suffering from coronavirus, of which 438 in intensive care. Belgium is therefore still below the 500 beds occupied in intensive care.
Rate reproduction : Calculated on the basis of the evolution of admissions, theRtof the coronavirus is established today at0,82. When it is greater than 1, it means that the transmission of the virus is accelerating.
Positivity rate***: on the basis of the results of the tests obtained between 22 and 28 May, it is of 4,7% (against 4.8% Monday).
Death : Ebetween the May 22 and 28, 13,4 people died on average per day as a result of the virus, i.e. 32.4% lessthan the previous week. 24,955 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic in Belgium.
Vaccination : To date 4.6 million Belgians over the age of 18 have received a first dose of vaccine, or nearly one in two adults in the country.
¨* The cases detected are the number of patients where a positive test has confirmed the presence of the virus. The date that is considered is the date of the diagnosis, not the test result. The data is consideredras consolidated after 4 days. The number of cases may depend in part on the strategy of testing : if we test more systematically, we also detect more cases.
** : French patients transferred to our country (but these are not counted in admissions), as well as patients already hospitalized for another reason, and who have tested positive.
*** The positivity rate is the number of positive tests compared to the number of tests performed. The same person can be tested several times. It also depends on the strategy of testing : if we do not test enough, the positivity rate will be plus Student.