Emmanuel André: “The number of infections is soaring. This is the start of exponential growth ”
By the editorial staff
VSOn Saturday, Covid-19 contaminations were up more than 80%. As indicated by the Scientific Institute of Public Health (Sciensano), between June 30 and July 5, 697 new Sars-CoV-2 contaminations were detected on average per day, an increase of 82% compared to the previous week. Since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, 1,093,700 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed.
Saturday morning, Emmanuel André warned on Twitter against the growing increase in contamination: “The number of infections is soaring. Each infected person infects nearly two today ”. According to him, the situation we are experiencing today “is the beginning of an exponential growth, which will lead, if it is not controlled in time, to a very real increase in hospitalizations”.
93 people in intensive care
Between July 3 and July 9, there were an average of 17.6 hospital admissions per day due to coronavirus, an increase of 10% from the previous reporting period. A total of 240 people are still hospitalized due to Covid-19, including 93 patients treated in intensive care.
Nearly 63,300 tests on average were also carried out daily, for a positivity rate of 1.3%, a slight increase compared to the last days.
The virus’s reproduction rate is 1.06. When it is greater than 1, this indicator means that the epidemic tends to accelerate. The incidence, which indicates the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 65.8 over 14 days.
80% of Belgian adults received their first dose
From June 30 to July 5, 2.7 people died per day on average from the virus (-30%), bringing the toll to 25,198 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.
Regarding vaccination, 65.3% of the total population obtained at least one dose of vaccine against the coronavirus. Four in ten people (39.9%) are fully vaccinated. In total, 80.5% of adults have received at least one dose and almost half (49.8%) are fully immunized.