Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Belgium - Statistics & Facts

The first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Belgium was reported on February 2, 2020. Since then, the country has performed over a million tests to detect the virus. As the pandemic progressed, new cases of coronavirus were confirmed each day. In June the number of people tested positive reached approximately 60 thousand. Considering the growing figures, Belgium applied confinement measures on March 18. Although the country was in lockdown, the number of daily cases were at their highest from the end of March to the end of April, notably peaking at 2,454 cases on the April 15.

According to the number of cases per region, Flanders was most severely affected by the virus. However, Flanders has a much higher density than any other region. By comparing the number of cases with the number of inhabitants of Belgium’s three regions, the virus roughly affected the same share of the population. Nonetheless, the number of cases solely represents the number of people tested positive, not the actual number of infected people. As testing capacities differ in each country, the accurate number of infected people is unknown.

In 2019, Belgium had 103 general hospitals with a total of 52 thousand beds. Early April, although Belgium hospitals had not reached saturation, record admissions were recorded at the height of the pandemic. For instance, on April 7, over 6 thousand beds were occupied by patients infected by the coronavirus. At that time, over a thousand patients were in intensive care and over a thousand were placed under ventilators. Since then, the number of patients hospitalized gradually decreased. Similarly, the number of discharges from ITU started to outweigh the number of admissions. On June 18, the number of hospitalized patients stood at 344. The number of patients in ITU due to the coronavirus amounted to 60.

So far, Belgium faced the highest death rate in the world. Indeed, the coronavirus pandemic resulted in over 9 thousand deaths in the country for a population of 11.4 million. However, Belgium also counts suspected deaths in its coronavirus death tolls. Unlike other countries where only confirmed cases are accounted for in the death records, in Belgium not all registered deaths have been tested for the virus. Nonetheless, compared to previous years, the number of deaths that occurred during the pandemic has surpassed the expected figures. During April 6-12, based on deaths registered in previous years, it was expected that 200 deaths would occur in the Brussels-Capital Region, whereas roughly 560 deaths were registered.

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