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Weekly update

Gradual slowdown of covid-19 cases



The number of people testing positive in in Luxembourg over one week has fallen by 12%  up to 18 July. (Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne)

The number of people testing positive in in Luxembourg over one week has fallen by 12%  up to 18 July. (Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne)

While the increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases in the grand duchy in recent weeks has been reflected in a slight rise in hospitalisations, the situation appears to be stabilising, albeit on a fairly high plateau.

While Covid-19 infections are now on a relatively high (101 people infected per day on a 7-day rolling average), the number of people testing positive in one week has decreased from 829 cases during the week of 5 to 11 July to 727 cases (-12%) from 12 to 18 July, while the number of PCR tests has increased (49,879 tests compared to 43,303 the previous week). according to the latest weekly report from the ministry of health.

The number of active infections also fell from 1,553 on 11 July to 1,498 on 18 July. The incidence rate, which was 130 per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days, has fallen to 115.

The increase in the number of cases since the beginning of June has nevertheless impacted hospitals. There are now 17 people being treated in hospital, including 6 in intensive care. Two deaths were also reported during the last week.

The most frequent source of contamination remains the family and social contact at home (25.2%), followed by leisure activities (16.7%), schools (8.6%, with 241 new contaminations in schools during the last week) and travel abroad (8.2%). 35.3% of contaminations have no clearly attributable source.

But Luxembourg’s vaccine programme continues apace and close to half of the population, 309,600 people, are now fully vaccinated after some 38,367 doses were administered during the week.