COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium

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COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium
Map of Belgium and its provinces with the spread of COVID-19 as of 12 May 2020[1]
Confirmed cases per 10.000 inhabitants by province (as of 18 April 2020)
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Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China[2]
Index caseBrussels
Arrival date3 February 2020
(4 years, 3 months, 2 weeks and 2 days ago)
Confirmed cases54,288[nb 1][3]
Recovered14,111[nb 2][3]
8,903[3] (including 3,721 suspected cases) [nb 3]
4,242 in hospitals (including 187 suspected cases)
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Belgium on 4 February 2020.

Cases[change | change source]

The first case was when a Belgian national out of a group of nine Belgians came from Wuhan to Brussels was reported to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.[4][5]

The disease spreading within Belgium was then confirmed early March, and was linked to holidaymakers returning from Northern Italy at the end of the half-term holidays.[6][7]

As of 14 May 2020, there had been 54,288 confirmed cases reported by the Belgian authorities, with a total of 8,924 deaths and 14,111 discharged patients. As of 14 May, 1,966 people in Belgian hospitals were suffering from COVID-19, including 407 in intensive care.[8] The actual number of victims could have been higher due to limited testing.[9]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The actual number of infections is estimated to be much higher than the number of cases confirmed by a laboratory test.
  2. The official reports do not refer to recovered people but to discharged patients.
  3. The total number of death cases in Belgium also includes suspected death cases, including those in foster and care homes where only 23% of the reported death cases have been confirmed as CoVID-19 positive.

    It is important to note that in many other countries, the reported deaths following a CoVID-19 infections are only accounted for when they occur in hospital. This is an important note for comparison purposes.

References[change | change source]

  1. "COVID-19 - Epidemiologische situatie" (PDF). Sciensano. 13 May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. David Cyranoski (26 February 2020). "Mystery deepens over animal source of coronavirus". Nature. 579 (7797): 18–19. Bibcode:2020Natur.579...18C. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00548-w. PMID 32127703.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Coronavirus COVID-19". (in French). Archived from the original on 30 March 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020. Alt URL
  4. "One repatriated Belgian has tested positive for the novel coronavirus". Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. 4 February 2020. Archived from the original on 6 April 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  5. "COVID-19 Belgian leaves hospital". VRT NWS. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. "6 new cases of Covid-19 by the end of the spring holidays". Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. 2 March 2020. Archived from the original on 16 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  7. Lisa Bradshaw (2 March 2020). "Seven confirmed coronavirus cases in Belgium following holiday week". Flanders Today. Archived from the original on 3 May 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  8. "COVID-19 –BULLETIN EPIDEMIOLOGIQUE DU 14 MAY 2020" (PDF). 14 May 2020.
  9. Qiu, Jane (20 March 2020). "Covert coronavirus infections could be seeding new outbreaks". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00822-x. PMID 32203376. S2CID 214629145. Retrieved 5 April 2020.