Coronavirus: the figures for the third wave (infographic)

The news remains worrying at the level of intensive care, while new contaminations progress less quickly. The opportunity to stop on the quantified balance sheet of the third wave.


Posted on 04/08/2021 at 19:31

Through Belga and the editorial staff

AWhile since the end of February / beginning of March, the curves were clearly in an ascending phase, several elements suggest that the situation is being reversed.

On the contamination side, a lull is emerging. The average number of daily cases based on the latest consolidated figures (April 4) fell to 4,244, which represents a decrease of 12% compared to the previous reference period. The number of new confirmed contaminations is decreasing in all the provinces, with the exception of those of Liège (+ 8%) and Luxembourg (+ 6%). Since the start of the epidemic, 908,212 contaminations have been recorded in Belgium.

It is likely that the peak of this third wave was crossed at the end of March, on the front of official contamination figures.

The peak in the average number of admissions may also have been crossed. We are now down to an average of 259 admissions. And this despite the fever of the day at 332, already included in this average. The trend could therefore have been reversed, as for the number of cases. But the use of the conditional remains in order: the figures for the next few days will help to remove this uncertainty.

In terms of occupancy of intensive care beds, on the other hand, still no trace of a peak.

Today, the intensive care occupancy curve in Belgium continues to rise steadily, which began a good month ago. The occupancy rate of intensive care beds is 46% for the country, it varies from 35% in Liège to 54% in Namur.

As a reminder, during the first wave, 1,285 intensive care beds were occupied simultaneously, at most. We’re not that far away.

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