Belgium and Germany see slow progress in the fight against coronavirus | NOW

The authorities in Belgium and Germany are slowly seeing signs of progress in the fight against the corona virus. The curve is flattening in Germany and the number of new infections and hospital admissions continues to fall in Belgium.

The reproduction number in Germany is now 0.89. That means that every 100 infected people transmit the virus to 89 other people.

However, it is emphasized that people must continue to observe the measures to prevent hospitals from reaching their limits in the coming weeks.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported nearly 22,000 new corona cases earlier in the day. The German authorities often registered only a few hundred new infections per day last summer. The fact that the curve is slowly flattening does not therefore mean that measures will soon be relaxed. Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Thursday that he expects these to remain in effect for the next few months.

In Belgium, the number of new infections and admissions is decreasing. According to the latest figures, the number of corona patients in Belgian hospitals has fallen to under seven thousand. In the past seven days, an average of 520 people were admitted with the coronavirus per day, 24 percent less than in the previous week.

The number of deaths continues to rise. An average of 199 patients per day died between 2 and 9 November, or 32 percent more than in the previous week, according to the latest figures from health institute Sciensano.

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