Luxembourg Covid-19 cases near peak of a year ago

Luxembourg Covid-19 cases near peak of a year ago

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Unvaccinated twice as prevalent among sick people, but gunshots keep serious illnesses and deaths well below end-2020 mark

Unvaccinated twice as prevalent among sick people, but gunshots keep serious illnesses and deaths well below end-2020 mark

Luxembourg has recorded more confirmed cases of Covid-19 than it has seen since the worst peak of the pandemic around the same time last year, according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Health.

Tests identified 666 people infected with the virus that causes the disease, with the unvaccinated twice as likely to contract Covid-19, health officials said. Still, the number of 72 Covid-19 patients treated in hospitals was far lower in November and December 2020, when daily hospitalizations ranged from 160 to 200 people, the ministry website showed.

One more death was reported on Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the disease to 889.

The sick and the elderly continue to face the greatest risks, with the 11 people who died last week averaging 84 years old, the health ministry said in a separate report. But those diagnosed with the disease in the week that ended Sunday were on average 33.2 years old, the ministry said.

Luxembourg continued to move closer to full vaccination of its population, reaching nearly 79% of the country’s population aged 12 and over and therefore eligible for vaccines, the ministry said.

Neighboring Germany and France have said 83% of their population over 18 is fully vaccinated and the number rises to 87% in Belgium, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Grand Duchy will open an additional vaccination center on Friday, specifically for people in need of booster doses, at the Luxembourg Air Rescue site near the capital’s airport. The opening hours are detailed on the website www.impfen.lu.

Additional doses can also be obtained without invitation from the government at general practitioners’ offices or at temporary vaccination points that appear in pedestrian areas, shopping malls or places organized by municipalities, the ministry said. A list of vaccination locations is available on the same website.


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Carol N. Valencia