Covid was going further a month ago

Is this the result of the vaccination campaign? The Ministry of Health stated, in its weekly retrospective, that between 17 and 23 May 2021, a new week in which the number of people who tested positive in Luxembourg decreased, the eighth week in a row. It increased from 728 to 495 (-35%), while 72,118 PCR tests were performed against 49,715 in the previous week. The number of close contacts identified increased from 1,757 to 1,298 contacts. The same period was marked by the continued publication of self-exams, in
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Or in
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. Thus 206 people declared their rapid antigen test positive during the week.

As of May 23, the number of active infections has also decreased to 1,283 (from 1,727 in the previous week). The number of people recovered increased from 66,547 to 67,483. The average age of people who tested positive remains stable at 31.1 years.

Another positive sign: the number of Covid patients in hospital has decreased. 28 people were admitted into regular care instead of 43 a week ago. In intensive care, the number of occupied beds decreased from 29 to 19. The average age decreased from 59 to 58 years.

Only the number of deaths did not decrease, with three sad cases during the week. On the other hand, the average lifespan ranges from 83 to 78 years.

A month of lower rate of positivity

The effective reproduction rate (an indicator of the number of people infected with the virus) decreased from 0.85 to 0.81 and the rate of positivity in all tests performed from 1.46% to 0.69%. As for the decline for the fourth week in a row. The same development can be observed for the rate of positivity for prescription tests, and thus for people showing symptoms, which increased from 3.36% to 1.45%.

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The incidence rate also continues to trend down for all age groups, reaching 78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of 7 days, compared to 115 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week of May 10. The largest decline was recorded in the age groups 60-74 years (-53%) and 75 years and over (-44%). The latter has the lowest incidence rate of 12 cases per 100,000 inhabitants followed by the 60-74 age group with 28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The age group 15-29 recorded the highest incidence rate at 120 cases per 100,000 population, followed by the age group 0-14 years at 104 cases per 100,000 population.

For the 495 new cases recorded during the week, the family circle remains the most common transmission context with 40.5%, followed by leisure (6.7%), education (5.6%) and work (3.5%). The rate of unclear source infections rises to 39.5%.

The British alternative is still in the majority

On the other hand, the vaccination campaign slowed down in a week. 34,967 doses were administered between 17 and 23 May, instead of 43,636 the previous week, although a new center opened in
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.

21,430 people received the first dose and 13,537 in the second, bringing the total number of vaccines administered as of May 25 to 324,903 people. 112,791 subjects received all the doses needed for full immunization.

The National Health Laboratory (LNS) is always monitoring the evolution of the variables. Of the 630 samples analyzed (i.e. population sequential coverage of 67.5%), the British variant was present at 79%, South Africa at 5.7%, Indian at 3.9%, and Brazil at 3.7%.

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