New COVID-19 cases - Weekly review: 12 - 18 December 2022

During the week of 12 to 18 December, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 increased to 1,464 cases, compared to 1,440 cases the previous week.

In addition, 1,110 people were re-infected, representing 43.1% of all those who tested positive, compared to 980 (40.5%) the previous week.

The number of PCR tests performed during the week of 12 to 18 December has increased from 8,595 to 9,098.

42 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 3,855. It should be noted that positive RATs are not included in the calculation of the positivity rate.

As of 18 December, the number of active infections has increased to 3,445 compared to 3,217 on 11 December, while the number of people healed increased from 304,866 to 306,097. The average age of those diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 is 46.8 years.

For the week of 12 to 18 December, 5 new deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.

The average age of the deceased is 79 years.

In the hospitals, there were 39 new admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients in normal care, compared to 26 the previous week. In intensive care, the number of occupied beds is 1. The average age of hospitalised patients is 60 years. 

Positivity rate and incidence rate

For the reference period, the effective reproduction rate (R) decreased, with 0.98% compared to 1.16% the previous week, while the positivity rate on all tests performed (prescriptions, contact tracing) decreased from 16.75% to 16.09%.

The 7-day incidence rate increased to 227 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 223 per 100,000 inhabitants the previous week. By adding reinfections, the incidence rate is 404 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days and 784 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days (source INSA).

Re-infections as well as certified self-tests were included in the calculation of incidence rates by age group (source INSA).

The lowest incidence rate is recorded in the 0-9 age group with 115 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The highest incidence rate is recorded in the 80+ age group with 874 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Vaccinations: update on the situation

For the week of 12 to 18 December 2022, a total of 1,105 doses were administered: 15 people received a 1st dose, 10 a 2nd dose, 101 people received one complementary dose to a full vaccination, 933 received a second complementary dose to a full vaccination and 46 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 19 December to 1,292,614.

474,884 people have a complete vaccination pattern, which corresponds to a vaccination rate of 79% of the eligible population (i.e. the 5+ population).

Exceptional closing of the Victor Hugo vaccination centre from 24.12.2022 to 02.01.2023.

The Victor Hugo vaccination centre will be exceptionally closed from 24 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

Opening of a vaccination pop-up in Esch-Belval on 23 December 2022

In order to facilitate the possibility of getting vaccinated, a vaccination pop-up will open on 23 December in Esch-Belval in the Belval Plaza shopping centre on the 1st floor.

It will be open on Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. On Friday 30 December 2022, the pop-up will be exceptionally closed.

Vaccination possibilites

The list of all vaccination possibilities can be consulted on the following website: ​

The evolution of the variants

Variant sequencing data is published every Friday on the website of the National Health Laboratory (Laboratoire national de Santé, LNS)

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 49th and 50th week of 2022 shows a high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. A clear upward trend in SARS-CoV-2 genome flows was observed during week 50.

All CORONASTEP reports are available on the LIST website:

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)


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