During the week of 5 to 11 September, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained almost stable with 757 cases compared to 715 cases the previous week.
In addition, 319 people were re-infected, representing 29,6% of all those who tested positive, compared to 298 (29,4%) the previous week.
The number of PCR tests performed during the week of 5 to 11 September has increased from 4,904 to 5,144.
16 people reported a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) for the reporting week, compared to 7 the previous week, bringing the number of positive results performed by a health-care worker to a total of 3,467. It should be noted that positive RATs are not included in the calculation of the positivity rate.
On 11 September, the number of active infections had decreased to 1,782 (compared to 1,821 on 4 September), while the number of people healed increased from 284,463 to 285,258. The average age of those diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 is 42.0 years.
For the week of 5 to 11 September, 1 new death related to COVID-19 has been reported. The age of the deceased person is 69 years.
In the hospitals, there were 5 new admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients in normal care, compared to 4 the previous week. In intensive care, the number of occupied beds is 0. The average age of hospitalised patients is 68 years.
Positivity rate and incidence rate
For the reference period, the effective reproduction rate (R) increased, with 1.08% compared to 0.87% the previous week, while the positivity rate on all tests performed (prescriptions, contact tracing) increased from 14.58% to 14.72%.
The 7-day incidence rate decreased to 117 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 111 per 100,000 inhabitants the previous week.
Re-infections as well as certified self-tests were included in the calculation of incidence rates. Compared to the previous week, the incidence rate increases in the age groups 0-14 years (+20%), 15-29 years (+6%), 30-44 years (+17%) and 60-74 years (+12%). A decrease is recorded in the age group 45-59 years (-6%), and 75+ years (-9%).
The lowest incidence rate is in the 75+ age group (48 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), while the highest incidence rate is in the 30-44 age group (360 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
Among the 1,089 resident cases in the week of 5-11 September 2022, 928 cases were reviewed and the source was determined until 09.09.22 inclusive. Travel abroad is the most frequent source (28%), followed by family activities (19%), and leisure activities (9%). The percentage of undetermined sources has increased (33%).
Vaccinations: update on the situation
For the week of 5 to 11 September, a total of 740 doses were administered. 34 people received a 1st dose, 17 a 2nd dose, 61 people received one complementary dose to a full vaccination, 622 received a second complementary dose to a full vaccination and 6 received a third complementary dose to a full vaccination, bringing the total number of vaccines administered as of 12 September to 1,290,317.
474,565 people have a complete vaccination pattern, which corresponds to a vaccination rate of 79% of the eligible population (i.e. the 5+ population).
"Impf-Bus on tour"
The next stops of the "Impf-Bus on tour" will be announced on www.covidvaccination.lu.
Please note that the vaccination can be done without appointment (identity card and CNS card required). The type of vaccination offered is the initial vaccination and the booster dose.
Vaccinations in the "Impfbus" are done without prior appointment, which means that you have to wait for your turn, which can cause waiting times, especially during busy periods. In order to avoid long waiting times and for greater convenience, it is advisable to make an appointment at the vaccination centre, with a doctor or at a pharmacy.
Exceptional closing of the Victor Hugo vaccination centre on 17 September
The Victor Hugo vaccination centre will be exceptionally closed on Saturday 17 September due to the arrival of the Tour de Luxembourg.
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) 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 35th and 36th week of 2022 still shows a high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater at national level. However, the level of SARS-CoV-2 contamination in wastewater seems to have stabilised at a medium level. Similar trends were observed at the regional level, with a constant level of SARS-CoV-2 in all wastewater treatment plants.
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)