Belgium will begin to ease lockdown restrictions, as the number of new hospital admissions due to Covid-19 continues to go down. Last Sunday, 232 people have been admitted to hospitals in the country, the lowest number in a month. Hospitals also registered a decrease in the number of patients in intensive care units.

Health officials admit that the peak of the disease has already passed and the country will prepare to a “de-confinement” phase. A gradual lifting of restriction measures is scheduled for May 4.

In the past 24 hours, 168 people died from Covid-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 5828. Since March 15, 8 895 people have recovered.

Daily confirmed cases and deaths in Belgium since February 2020
Source: Max Roser, Hannah Ritchie, Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Joe Hasell (2020) – “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research”. Published online at Retrieved from: ‘’ [Online Resource]

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