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Fewer infections and hospital stays

The development of the epidemic is monitored by using a 7-day average and in comparison to the infection events of the previous week. This method enables us to clearly show the respective trends, regardless of the fluctuations in the daily figures.

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The number of new infections in the period from 11 to 17 August has decreased by 20% compared to the previous week (4/08 to 10/08). On average, 505.6 persons per day tested positive for COVID-19 during this period. In the previous week 629.9 persons tested positive.

The decline in the weekly average of newly confirmed cases continues for the time being, and we also see a slight decline of 15% in the average number of hospital admissions. Hospitals admitted an average of 28 new COVID patients per day last week. The average number of deaths is rising.

Last week, an average of 9.9 people per day died with COVID-19. The situation is developing favourably in all provinces. However, there is still a slight increase (+3%) in the Brussels-Capital Region.

See the complete daily report of the epidemiological situation of COVID-19.

Figures are constantly being updated. Figures for the same period, from different editions of the daily report, may therefore differ slightly.


To track the infection at a local level, visit our website, which shows the situation in each municipality. It contains data on the incidence of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 per municipality based on 3 indicators:

  • 7-day cumulative incidence (number of new infections in the last 7 days divided by the population of the specific municipality, multiplied by 100,000);
  • Number of consecutive days on which at least one new infection was reported;
  • Number of days on which there is an increase in new infections compared to the previous day, over a period of 7 days.

2. Daily figures

The daily figures are available online via the Sciensano COVID-19 dashboard.

The corresponding Open Data records can be downloaded from our website.

Dashboard and datasets are updated daily at 09.00 am.

The number of new infections is also updated at the weekend. The two longer-term indicators, hospital admissions and deaths, are only updated during the week.

The virus has not disappeared from Belgian territory. Keep on following the tips to protect yourself and your family.

If you are ill (fever, coughing, respiratory problems, etc.), then please follow the advice of the FPS Public Health and: