Each week the Ministry of Health provides an update on the coronavirus situation in Luxembourg based on last week's statistics.

Overall, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is on a downward trend, but remains at a high plateau. The number of contacts identified has increased significantly by 69% to 15,072, thanks in particular to the recent substantial strengthening of the contact tracing team. 40% of cases cannot be traced back.

Overview of numbers

Between 16 and 22 November, 3,851 cases were reported from 69,680 tests (a positivity rate of 5.53%), compared to 4,013 cases and 67,734 tests in the week prior (a positivity rate of 5.92%). For last week that figure converts to 615 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The average age is 39,8, similar to 40,6 before. In absolute terms, the age group of 30-39 has the most positive cases with 17,2%, followed by 40-49 with 15%. Proportionally, the most affected group remains 75+, however, followed by 15-29.

Out of these tests, 27,554 tests were on prescription, 40,675 tests as part of the Large Scale Testing strategy, and 1,451 at the airport.

37 people died in the last week as a result of Covid-19, compared to 39 in the week before. The average age was 83. Both these two weeks have had the most fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Hospitalisations have increased slightly, with a total of 186 regular hospitalisations and 45 in the intensive care unit. That is 16 patients more than in the seven-day period before, and 3 for the ICU. Looking back at the developments in hospitals, the current number of hospitalisations has reached a peak - higher, too, than the worst week of the first wave.

As of 22 November, Luxembourg saw 8,834 active infections, compared to 9,339 a week earlier. The effective reproduction rate stood at 1.00 on 22 November.

8,057 people were in isolation (-8%) and 9,820 in quarantine (-10% compared to the previous week).

Regional distribution

Since the start of November, most infections in terms of absolute numbers were reported in the cantons of Esch-sur-Alzette (4,980 cases per 100,000), followed by Luxembourg City (1,825 cases per 100,000) and Luxembourg (983 cases per 100,000). The least-affected cantons in terms of absolute numbers are Vianden (87), Echternach (280) and Redange (299).

With regards to cases in ratio to the population, however, the cantons of Esch, Diekirch, Wiltz and Clervaux are most affected with over 175 cases per 100,000. Echternach, Grevenmacher and Luxembourg all have between 0-145 cases per 100,000.