During the week of 31 October to 6 November, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 decreased to 873 cases, compared to 1,560 cases the previous week.
In addition, 444 people were re-infected, representing 33.7% of all those who tested positive, compared to 688 (30.6%) the previous week.
The number of PCR tests performed during the week of 31 October to 6 November has decreased from 7,555 to 5,428.
27 people reported a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) for the reporting week, bringing the number of positive results performed by a health-care worker to a total of 3,709. It should be noted that positive RATs are not included in the calculation of the positivity rate.
As of 6 November, the number of active infections has decreased to 2,936 (from 4,428 on 30 October), while the number of people healed increased from 297,017 to 299,378. The average age of those diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 is 47.3 years.
For the week of 31 October to 6 November, 4 new deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.
The average age of the deceased is 82 years.
In the hospitals, there were 22 new admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients in normal care, compared to 30 the previous week. In intensive care, the number of occupied beds is 1. The average age of hospitalised patients is 72 years.
Positivity rate and incidence rate
For the reference period, the effective reproduction rate (R) decreased, with 0.72% compared to 0.75% the previous week, while the positivity rate on all tests performed (prescriptions, contact tracing) decreased from 20.65% to 16.08%.
The 7-day incidence rate decreased to 135 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 242 per 100,000 inhabitants the previous week.
By adding reinfections, the incidence rate is 208 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days and 562 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days (source monitoring). Compared to the previous week, the incidence rate has decreased in all age groups. The lowest incidence rate is recorded in the 0-4 age group with 65 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The highest incidence rate is recorded in the 90+ age group with 594 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. (source INSA)
Vaccinations: update on the situation
For the week of 31 October to 6 November 2022, a total of 1,487 doses were administered. 25 people received a 1st dose, 19 a 2nd dose, 107 people received one complementary dose to a full vaccination, 1,288 received a second complementary dose to a full vaccination and 48 received a third complementary dose to a full vaccination and 0 a fourth complementary dose to a full vaccination, the total number of vaccines administered as of 8 November to 1,291,774.
474,773 people have a complete vaccination pattern, which corresponds to a vaccination rate of 79% of the eligible population (i.e. the 5+ population).
Contact tracing: How to receive your isolation prescription
With the new law COVID-19, the functioning of contact tracing has been adapted: If you test positive for COVID-19, stay in isolation/self-isolate. To obtain your isolation prescription, you can fill in the self-declaration form with the REFCP reference at https://covid19.lu.
An SMS from the following sending number (+352) 621 203 000 will also be sent to those who tested positive for COVID-19.
Further details on covidtracing.lu.
The list of all vaccination possibilities can be consulted on the following website: covidvaccination.lu
The evolution of the variants
Variant sequencing data are published every Friday on the website of the National Health Laboratory (Laboratoire national de Santé, LNS) https://lns.lu/en/publications-en/.
Wastewater monitoring in Luxembourg as part of SARS-CoV-2
The CORONASTEP report is published every 15 days.
According to the latest CORONASTEP report drawn up by the LIST (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology), the contamination level of the 13 wastewater treatment plants analysed during the 43th and 44th week of 2022 still shows a high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater at national level. The SARS-CoV-2 levels measured are very similar to those observed during the last two weeks. However it is important to note, that a downward trend was observed both at national and regional level during week 44. All CORONASTEP reports are available on the LIST website: https://www.list.lu/en/covid-19/coronastep/.
Press release by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the National Health Laboratory (LNS) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)