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..
The number of new infections during the period 19-25 July increased by 70% compared to the previous week (12/07 to 18/07). An average of 327.7 people per day tested positive for COVID-19.
This increase can be seen in almost all provinces, in particular the province of Antwerp. New cases are emerging in all age groups, but most infections occur in the 20-59 age group.
As far as hospitals are concerned, last week’s average is 23 hospitalizations per day. This number has almost doubled compared to the week before. A total of 232 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, 49 of whom are in intensive care. This represents an increase of 35% and 48% respectively. Last week, the number of deaths with COVID-19 averaged 2 per day.
The evolution of the number of hospitalizations is not positive. These curves must come down as soon as possible! The sooner we succeed, the sooner we will get the situation under control and avoid a situation comparable to that of March.
Limiting the number of contacts is the most effective way to reduce the spread of the virus. These contacts have played an important role in the increase in the number of infections in recent weeks.
The current situation is worrying, so doing nothing now would exacerbate the problem in the short term. We can still reverse the trend! For this reason, we ask you not to look for loopholes and to follow the measures that have been put in place. Limiting your social contacts does not in any way replace existing good practices. So keep a distance of 1.5 m and wear a mask in busy areas and where it is mandatory. In addition, stay home immediately if you are ill or if you present symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection.
It will take several weeks before the effect of the new measures on the number of new infections is visible. Until then, the number of cases will continue to increase.
Figures are constantly being updated. Figures for the same period, from different editions of the daily report, may therefore differ slightly.
CURRENT LOCAL INFECTION SITUATION
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.
- New infections (according to diagnosis date and no longer according to the date of notification to Sciensano as before);
- Hospital admissions and discharges from hospital;
- Deaths (by date of death and no longer by date reported to Sciensano).
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:
- stay at home
- contact your doctor directly by telephone
- follow the recommendations on the website https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/.