During the week of 26 September to 2 October, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 increased to 2,324 cases, compared to 1,300 cases the previous week.
In addition, 876 people were re-infected, representing 27.4% of all those who tested positive, compared to 613 (32%) the previous week.
The number of PCR tests performed during the week of 26 September to 2 October has increased from 6,446 to 8,795.
35 people reported a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) for the reporting week, compared to 12 the previous week, bringing the number of positive results performed by a health-care worker to a total of 3,533. It should be noted that positive RATs are not included in the calculation of the positivity rate.
As of 2 October, the number of active infections has increased to 3,950 (from 2,623 on 25 September), while the number of people healed increased from 286,713 to 287,707. The average age of those diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 is 42.7 years.
For the week of 26 September to 2 October, 3 new deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported. The average age of the deceased is 91 years.
In the hospitals, there were 14 new admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients in normal care, compared to 11 the previous week. In intensive care, the number of occupied beds is 1. The average age of hospitalised patients is 53 years.
Positivity rate and incidence rate
For the reference period, the effective reproduction rate (R) increased, with 1.31% compared to 1.18% the previous week, while the positivity rate on all tests performed (prescriptions, contact tracing) increased from 20.17% to 26.42%.
The 7-day incidence rate increased to 360 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 201 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 has increased in all age groups.
The largest increase was recorded in the 15-19 age group (+143%) and the 75+ age group (+132%). The lowest incidence rate is recorded in the 0-4 age group with 199 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The highest incidence rate is recorded in the 30-59 age group (with 545 to 685 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and in the 85+ age group (with 520 to 573 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
Among the 3,221 resident cases in the week of 26 September to 2 October 2022, 664 cases (21%) were reviewed and the source was determined.
The family circle remains the most frequent source of transmission of COVID-19 infections (22%), followed by education (16%) and work (10%). The percentage of undetermined sources has increased (33%).
Vaccinations: update on the situation
For the week of 26 September to 2 October 2022, a total of 1,737 doses were administered. 17 people received a 1st dose, 23 a 2nd dose, 112 people received one complementary dose to a full vaccination, 1,539 received a second complementary dose to a full vaccination and 46 received a third complementary dose to a full vaccination, bringing the total number of vaccines administered as of 26 September to 1,290,786.
474,654 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.
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.
The next report is planned for Tuesday 11 October and will contain data for weeks 39 and 40.
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)