BRUSSELS

More than 1,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in Belgium over the past 24 hours, health authorities said on Saturday.

The total number of cases has risen to 37,183 after 1,045 more people tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest data from the Federal Public Service of Health.

Currently, 5,069 patients are in hospital – 1,119 of them in intensive care – while recoveries are up to 8,348 as 387 people were discharged over the past 24 hours.

The country’s death toll rose to 5,453 with 290 fatalities reported since Friday.

Earlier this week, Belgium’s government extended lockdown

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