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Difference between quarantine and (self-)isolation

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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Difference between quarantine and (self-)isolation

Quarantine applies if you are at risk of infection with the virus but do not (yet) have any symptoms yourself. This is the case, for example, if you have travelled to a high-risk area or if someone close to you has been infected. In the case of confirmed infection, it can take up to 14 days for the disease to appear. For this reason, the quarantine lasts 14 days. You will therefore be tested twice during this period: once at the beginning of the quarantine and, if the test is negative, a second time around the ninth day. If the latter test is also negative, your doctor may decide to shorten the quarantine period.

(Self-)isolation applies if you have symptoms that indicate a possible COVID-19 infection. If this happens, stay at home and contact your doctor immediately for an examination. If you are found to have COVID-19, stay at home for at least 7 days. This is the average amount of time it takes for you to stop being contagious. People with severe symptoms might need a little longer. Your doctor will decide exactly how long this period will be.

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.

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.

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

Dashboard and datasets are updated daily at 04.00 am.

The press release (daily) and the epidemiological report (Tuesday-Saturday) are published at 9 a.m. each time.

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: