More than 1,400 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Belgium and 132 people lost their lives in the past 24 hours, health authorities announced on Friday.

The latest data by the Federal Public Service of Health brought the total number of infections to 16,770, and the death toll to 1,143 since March 15.

Some 5,500 patients are currently treated at hospitals, with 1,205 of them being treated at intensive care units. 45% of intensive care beds are still available.

So far, more than 2,800 people were discharged from healthcare facilities after treatment.

Six out of 10 coronavirus patients are

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