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16-22 August

Foreign travel now main source of covid infection



Archive photo shows a traveller collecting luggage at Luxembourg airport. Foreign travel has overtaken the family circle as the main source of infection for covid-19 Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

Archive photo shows a traveller collecting luggage at Luxembourg airport. Foreign travel has overtaken the family circle as the main source of infection for covid-19 Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

New covid-19 cases in the grand duchy jumped by almost 50% in the third week of August, with foreign travel now the main source of infection.

According to health ministry data published on Wednesday, there were 440 new cases the week of 16-22 August, up from 295 the week before.

For the first time, the family circle was no longer the main source of infection, making up just a quarter of new infections compared to foreign travel, which was responsible for 38.4% of cases.

During the same week, Luxembourg recorded two new deaths related to the Sars-CoV-2 virus, while the average age of people testing positive fell from 32.9 to 31.2.

Among the 440 new infections, three quarters were unvaccinated (331) and one quarter had a complete vaccination schedule (109).

Among hospitalisations, 64.7% of normal care inpatients and all intensive care patients were not vaccinated.

According to the ministry, almost 400,000 people in Luxembourg are fully vaccinated.

The effective reproduction rate (RT eff) increased to 1.16 (0.81 the previous week), as did the positivity rate on all tests performed (prescriptions, large-scale testing, contact tracing), which increased from 1.01% to 1.57%.

The incidence rate increased to 69 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days, compared to 46 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous week.

The incidence rate has increased in all age groups except 60-74 years. The greatest increase was recorded in the 0-14 years age group (+100%), 45-59 years (+57%) and 30-44 years (+51%). There was a decrease in the 60-74 age group (-12%).

The 15-29 age group has the highest incidence rate with 104 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.