Covid receding as country opens up further
Covid-19 cases in Luxembourg are continuing to recede, as the number of people infected with the virus fell by half over the last two weeks, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The drop in coronavirus cases comes as the country continues to open up, with the easing of restrictions that were first introduced in March last year to stem the spread of the virus.
Residents have been allowed to sit indoors in restaurants and bars for 10 days now, with up to four households allowed to meet.
Hospitalisations - the government's most important indicator in lifting health measures - are also moving in the right direction, with coronavirus-related admissions down to 28 last week compared to 43 the week beforehand.
Luxembourg dished out just under 35,000 vaccine doses last week, although this was 20% fewer than the week before.
Health authorities in Luxembourg have given out 324,000 doses and more than 113,00 residents have had all doses required for full immune response, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
At the same time, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) praised Luxembourg for its handling of the economic fallout from the health crisis. The Washington-based institution credited the government for spending 18.6% of its GDP to prop up the economy, calling it a "rapid, targeted and appropriate" response, according to a press release from the Economy Ministry on Wednesday.
Luxembourg's GDP contracted by just 1.3% last year, significantly less than the 4.5% decline estimated previously by the national statistics agency Statec, thanks to a quick shift to working from home, the IMF said. It expects Luxembourg's economy to grow by 4% this year, the press release said.