From the maximum number of new COVID-19 cases to the number of patients in intensive care and hospitals, all major pandemic indicators are declining in Belgium.
According to data released on Friday by the Sciensano Institute of Public Health, an average of 2,299 new COVID-19 infections were identified per day, a 35% decrease from the previous seven days and the lowest since mid-October of the previous year between May 17 and 23.
The positivity rate has now reached 17.1%, implying that one in every five tests is positive. 98.1 percent of all cases are still caused by Omicron BA.2, a highly transmissible Omicron variant.
In the same week, 7.6 COVID-19 patients died on average per day, a 24% decrease from the previous week and the lowest since early October of last year. In Belgium, the pandemic has claimed the lives of 31,727 people.
This figure includes people who died for reasons other than COVID-19 infection, while being infected, implying that the number of COVID-19-related deaths is likely overstated. Every day in Belgium, an average of 73.6 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals, a 20% decrease from the previous seven days.
The figure reflects the fact that the majority of people are admitted to hospitals due to the virus, rather than being admitted for another reason and then testing positive for COVID-19. In addition, 1,101 people were admitted to Belgian hospitals due to an infection, 120 fewer than on Tuesday. In contrast, the number of people in intensive care has dropped to 86, the lowest level since July of last year.
Furthermore, regardless of the reason for admission, this figure includes all patients who tested positive for COVID-19.