The National Health Directorate has published its latest weekly review of the Covid-19 situation in Luxembourg.

While the number of weekly new infections was still on the decline around early June, figures have been steadily increasing again since the end of the month and particularly also since early July. In the week of 28 June to 4 July, the number of new infections in the Grand Duchy increased from 107 to 787 cases. This is an increase of 635%, while the number of PCR tests has gone down from 39,181 to 35,372.

A substantial increase was also registered for active infections. They increased from 140 (27 June) to 826 (4 July). 69,785 people have recovered from an infection so far. The average age of those tested positive remains stable at 28.9 years.

On a positive note, this is the fourth week in a row without anyone dying with or from Covid-19. The situation in the country's hospitals also remains calm, with three people currently hospitalised in regular care and only one person left in intensive care (down from two). The average age decreased from 60 to 46.

A sharp increase was registered for the effective reproduction rate, which increased from 0.86 to 2.08. The same is true for the seven-day incidence rate as well, which increased from 17 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (week of 21 June) to 124 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence rate is one the rise in all age groups. The biggest increase was observed for people between 15 and 29, at 824%, followed by those between 30 and 44 (+700%), 45-59 (+336%), and 0-14 (+181%).

Increases were also observed regarding quarantine(s). 1,790 people were in quarantine during the week of 28 June (+384%), while 589 people were in self-isolation (+105%).

A new trend has been observed regarding where people get infected. The 787 new coronavirus cases could mainly be traced back to recreational activities (33.6%). Only 6.2% of cases were traced back to family gatherings, while 3.9% were infected in schools. In 38.7% of cases, the exact circumstances of infection could not be traced back.

Over 50,000 vaccine doses were administered between 28 June and 4 July. 21,947 people received their first dose last week, while 28,078 received their second. As of 6 July, a total of 585,552 doses were administered in Luxembourg. 259,247 people are considered fully vaccinated.

Regarding variants, the Delta variant accounted for 60.8% of the 107 sequenced samples. The rate had previously been at 59.4%. The Alpha variant currently accounts for 10.1% of all new infections, a decrease compared to the previous 29.7%. The Beta variant accounts for 2.5% of all cases.

The Gamma variant was also once again detected and currently accounts for 24.1% of all cases.

Some key factors

  • 18 May 2021 was the last day Luxembourg registered over 100 new infections
  • Since 2 June 2021, there has not been another death related to Covid-19
  • Since 8 June 2021, the number of active infections was on the decline
  • Since 11 June 2021, hospitalisations have been decreasing, excluding a single increase on 26 June 2021
  • The reproduction rate has been below 1 since 14 April, except for 1 June (1.01) and 27 April (1.06)
  • The rate has been steadily increasing since 21 June!