Belgium reported 494 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the tally to 3,019, the Federal Public Service of Health announced on Friday.
Over the past 24 hours, 325 more people lost their lives, marking the highest daily figure since the previous record of 283 cases reported a day before.
During the last two weeks of March, 171 other victims passed away in elderly homes in Flanders, but the authorities could just confirm the cause.
In total, 57% of the victims lost their lives in hospitals, while 40% in elderly centers.
Also, 1,684 new infections were diagnosed, which raises the sum