COVID-19 selected news snippets for Friday 5 June 2020 – Excess mortality now ‘normal’.
Belgium has recorded no "excess mortality" since 11 May. This means that the number of deaths is no higher than it would ordinarily have been at this time of year. Between 16 March and 10 May, Belgium had an average excess mortality of 47% due to coronavirus. When the virus peaked, in the week of 6 April, excess mortality was at 95%, which meant that almost twice as many people died in that week than would normally be expected.
Sciensano statistics update of 5 June. 140 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Belgium over the past 24 hours of which 34 (24%) were in Brussels. To date, a total of 58 907 confirmed cases have been reported in Belgium with 6 010 (10%) cases located in Brussels.
In the past 24 hours, 32 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalised and 64 people left hospital. Between 15 March and 4 June, a total of 17 407 patients with COVID-19 have entered hospital and 16 112 people have left. Currently 137 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units in Belgian hospitals.
29 new deaths from COVID-19 in Belgium have been reported in the past 24 hours of which 2 (7%) were in Brussels. To date, a total 9 566 deaths from the disease have been reported in Belgium of which 1 458 (15%) were in Brussels.
Read the daily report (in French) here.
Federal Government COVID-19 information
The Bulletin's COVID-19 webpage (updated daily)