Belgium: Corona deaths rise and fears of a new wave of the epidemic despite the increase in the number of vaccinators

The average number of people who die per day in Belgium from the consequences of Covid-19 has increased again in the past period. In the week through October 9, there were an average of 9.6 deaths per day, or 16 percent more than the week before. It is remarkable that with a total of 22 deaths in that period, Brussels accounts for about as many Covid deaths as Flanders (24) and Wallonia (21). This is evident from the figures of health institute Sciensano The number of infections rose by 10 percent, to an average of 2,095 daily. 5.1 percent of the tests performed were positive. The number of hospital admissions, on the other hand, has fallen: in the period from 6 to 12 October there were an average of 56.1 admissions per day, a decrease of 6 percent compared to the previous seven-day period. There are now 767 people in hospital, 200 of whom are in the intensive care unit. About 111 patients require respiratory support. In the Brussels-Capital Region, which accounts for more than a quarter of those 200 corona patients in intensive care, 20 percent of the total number of approved intensive care beds are currently occupied by Covid-19 patients. The provinces of Walloon Brabant and Liège come close with 17 percent and the province of Luxembourg follows with 16 percent. By way of comparison: in the Flemish provinces the occupancy rate fluctuates between 3 and 8 percent and the national average is 10 percent. About 74.9 percent of all Belgians have now received a first vaccine dose, 73.5 percent are fully vaccinated. The Brussels Region is still the worst student in the class with 55.7 and 53.1 percent respectively, with Flanders leading the ranking with 80.4 and 79.6 percent respectively. Wallonia, which has fully vaccinated more than 80 percent of its adult population, will gradually reopen six vaccination centers and set up ten new mobile antennas. This was announced by competent Health Minister Christie Morreale on Wednesday. The six vaccination centers that are reopening are those in the provinces of Hainaut (Borinage), Walloon Brabant (Braine-l’Alleud), Namur (Walcourt), Liège (Liège outskirts) and Luxembourg (Marche-en-Famenne and Arlon). The center in Walcourt center is already available to make an appointment. The other five centers will open their doors at the beginning of November. The ten mobile antennas will be gradually rolled out from the end of October and will be deployed in the five Walloon provinces. The vaccines that will be used are Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson unit dose (for people over 41). Finally, everyone can come without an appointment for a third dose, although with a letter of convocation

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