While the delta variant has recently become dominant in Luxembourg (60.8% of cases over one week), the Covid-19 epidemic is experiencing a new surge of infections in the grabnd duchy: 787 new cases were detected during the week of 28 June to 4 July, an increase of 635% compared to the previous week (107 cases), according to the latest weekly report from the ministry of health.
Over the same period, the number of PCR tests carried out decreased slightly (35,372 tests compared to 39,181 the previous week).
The number of active infections has consequently increased: 826 people were infected on 4 July, compared to 140 on 27 June.
The effective reproduction rate (ERr) has also increased from 0.86 to 2.08: meaning one infected person infects on average more than 2 people, another indication that the epidemic is spreading fast. The incidence rate has also risen to 124 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days, compared to 17 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the week of 21 June.
5 people hospitalised
On the other hand, the situation in hopsitals remains stable, with 3 new admissions of patients to normal care, while. only one person is currently in intensive care, compared to two the week before. But the average age of in-patients has fallen sharply from 60 to 46 years.
This may be explained by the low average age--28.9 years--of newly infected persons. 84% of all registered cases last week were in the 15-29 and 30-44 year old age groups.
But, for the fourth consecutive week, no new Covid-related deaths have been recorded either.
New infections are now mainly sourced to leisure activities (33.6% of new cases), which is a new development. Previously, the family circle was the primary source of infection, but that now accounts for only 9.8% of new cases, ahead of travel abroad (6.2%) and education (3.9%).
More than 50,000 vaccine doses were administered last week and 259,247 people have now received two doses, while 326,305 have received a first dose.