For the first time since the beginning of November, more Belgians have succumbed to the coronavirus.
The number of people who bond the virus, end up in the hospital or even end up in intensive care, has been increasing for some time.
Virologists have been warning for weeks that Belgium must brace itself for an inevitable third wave of infections.
Since Belgium was almost overwhelmed by a second corona wave in October and then intervened hard, the virus has been on its way for a long time.
But from the Christmas holidays, it will gain momentum again, and it is even threatening to take off, for example by the new British variant.
Sick Belgians each infect more than one other person on average, which keeps the epidemic growing. The reproduction number that measures that now stands at 1.01.