BRUSSELS — Belgium is fearing another wave of coronavirus infections as new daily COVID-19 cases rose by nearly 30% over a week.
According to the Sciensano public health institute, an average of 3,052 daily infections were recorded over the past seven days, which is a 29% increase. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 also rose by 16% over the same period, but the number of daily deaths remained stable.
Belgian health authorities said earlier this week that the vaccination campaign in nursing homes has been intensive and might explain the plateau of deaths since a large proportion of people over 85 have been immunized.
According to Belgian media, the latest surge of infections could lead the government to reconsider its decision to relax pandemic restrictions next month.
A total of 22,600 people have died from coronavirus-related causes in Belgium, a country with 11.5 million inhabitants.