Luxembourg's Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, together with the National Health Laboratory (Laboratoire National de Santé - LNS) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), have published a COVID-19 report for the week of 21 to 27 November 2022.
During the week in question, the number of Luxembourg residents testing positive for COVID-19 increased from 1,057 to 1,164 (up 10.1%). There were an additional 721 reinfections, i.e. 38.2% of all people who tested positive compared to 622 (37.0%) the previous week.
The number of PCR tests carried out increased from 6,578 to 7,271 over one week.
35 people reported a positive rapid antigen test for the reference week, bringing the number of positive results following such tests carried out by a healthcare professional to a total of 3,767. Note that positive rapid antigen tests are not taken into account in the calculation of the positivity rate.
As of Sunday 27 November 2022, the number of active infections increased to 2,750 from 2,486 the previous week and the number of people having recovered from the illness rose to 302,689 (up from 301,791). The average age of people diagnosed with COVID-19 was 44.4 years.
Two new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported during the week in question. The average age of the deceased was 70 years.
In hospitals, there were 23 new admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients to normal care (compared to seventeen one week earlier). There were two patients in intensive care. The average age of hospitalised patients stood at 60 years.
Positivity rate & incidence rate
For the reference period, the effective reproduction rate (RT eff) decreased to 1.03 (1.13 the previous week) and the positivity rate on all tests carried out fell from 16.08% to 16.01%.
The incidence rate rose to 180 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days, compared to 164 cases per 100,000 residents for the previous week. Adding reinfections, the incidence rate was 298 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days and 559 cases per 100,000 residents over fourteen days. Reinfections as well as certified self-tests were included in the calculation of incidence rates by age group.
Compared to the previous week, the incidence rate increased across all age groups except those aged 0-4 and those aged 55-64. The greatest increase was recorded among 85-89 year-olds (up 82%), 90+ year-olds (up 50%) and 15-19 year-olds (up 54%). The lowest incidence rate was recorded among children aged 0-4 (68 cases per 100,000 residents). The highest incidence rate was recorded among 90+ year-olds (637 cases per 100,000 residents) and 85-89 year-olds (507 cases per 100,000 residents).
For the week of 21 to 27 November, 1,635 vaccine doses were administered: nineteen people received a first dose, nineteen received a second dose, 103 received a first additional dose compared to a complete vaccination schedule, 1,434 received a second complementary dose, 59 received a third complementary dose and one person received a fourth complementary dose, thus bringing the total number of vaccines administered as of Monday 28 November 2022 to 1,292,235.
A total of 474,836 people have a complete vaccination schedule, which corresponds to a vaccination rate of 79% of the eligible population (i.e. those aged five and over).
Temporary closure of the Victor Hugo vaccination centre
The Victor Hugo vaccination centre in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg will be temporarily closed from 24 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.
Contact tracing has been adapted in light of the new COVID-19 law: individuals who have tested positive should self-isolate. To receive an isolation order, complete the self-declaration form with the reference REFCP on the website: https://covid19.public.lu/en.html. An SMS from the following dispatch number - (+352) 621-203000 - will also be sent to individuals with a positive test result. Further information is available on the website: https://covidtracing.public.lu/home.
All vaccination-related information can be consulted on https://impfen.lu/en/.