As tiny Belgium has the worst coronavirus situation in Europe

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THE Belgium may be close to a “tsunami” caused by the new coronavirus. That’s what the country’s health minister, Frank Vandenbroucke, told RTL television.

The minister classified the situation in some regions of the country as “the worst and most dangerous” in relation to the covid-19 in Europe. It is no small feat: Europe is experiencing an intense second wave of contagions through the covid-19, which already surpasses the previous peak of the disease in the first half.

The two most affected regions in Belgium are Wallonia, to the south (and French-speaking), and the capital Brussels. The country, divided between a French-speaking and a Dutch-speaking region, has just over 11 million inhabitants.

The minister also recalled that, if the number of hospitalizations continues to rise in Belgium (the increase in hospital admissions already reaches 90%), medical care with other serious diseases may be compromised.

“The government has only one message for the public: protect yourself and your loved ones so that they are not contaminated,” he said.

Belgium had managed to escape the second wave of contagions in August, when part of Europe was beginning to suffer. But cases rose in September, with the return of children to schools and parents returning to work after summer vacation.

In absolute numbers, Belgium does not have the worst situation in Europe. But the minister’s concern lies in the small size of the country for such a number of cases. France has more than 66 million inhabitants; Spain, 47 million; the United Kingdom, 67 million; the Netherlands, 17 million.

In October, some weeks had a 70% increase in contagions. Belgium has had about 7,000 new cases a day, and had the highest number of cases since the pandemic began last Tuesday.

IT’S the same level of cases as Germany, which has 83 million inhabitants (and has also been suffering from high contagions).

  • Deaths per day in Belgium: about 30 deaths
  • Cases per day in Belgium: about 7,000 cases
  • Total cases in Belgium: more than 222,000 cases (as of Monday, 19)
  • Total deaths in Belgium: 10,400 deaths (as of Monday, 19)

By way of comparison, Brazil, which has a population more than 15 times larger, has registered little more than twice the Belgian daily cases, with new daily cases in the 20,000s, according to the Brazilian moving average. The number of deaths in Belgium, however, is much lower, at around 30 deaths per day, compared to just under 500 in Brazil.

Attempts against lockdown

This Monday, the 19th, the Belgian government made a last-minute attempt to avoid a new lockdown. Bars and restaurants will be closed for a month from today.

One of the measures, which had already been used in previous months, is to limit the number of meetings between social groups, including family members, if they take place indoors.

The Belgian model was even copied by the UK, which restricted meetings between family and friends last week. Other regions across Europe have already imposed measures to restrict schedules and meetings, in the hope of avoiding further lockdown.

The Belgian government has been criticized for not doing enough tests and, after testing, for failing to track down those infected and the people they came into contact with. Screening is essential because it is able to ensure that people are not transmitting the coronavirus without knowing it.

The rise in cases in Europe is worrying, although the number of deaths is lower this time (due to the higher contagion in young people instead of the elderly, more medical techniques against the disease and some immunity already developed in the population).

A pessimistic projection by the World Health Organization estimates that if measures are not taken, the number of deaths in Europe could increase fivefold. Another concern is the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The same concern is true for the United States, which has also experienced new contagious increases.

Source: Exame

THE Belgium may be close to a “tsunami” caused by the new coronavirus. That’s what the country’s health minister, Frank Vandenbroucke, told RTL television.

The minister classified the situation in some regions of the country as “the worst and most dangerous” in relation to the covid-19 in Europe. It is no small feat: Europe is experiencing an intense second wave of contagions through the covid-19, which already surpasses the previous peak of the disease in the first half.

The two most affected regions in Belgium are Wallonia, to the south (and French-speaking), and the capital Brussels. The country, divided between a French-speaking and a Dutch-speaking region, has just over 11 million inhabitants.

The minister also recalled that, if the number of hospitalizations continues to rise in Belgium (the increase in hospital admissions already reaches 90%), medical care with other serious diseases may be compromised.

“The government has only one message for the public: protect yourself and your loved ones so that they are not contaminated,” he said.

Belgium had managed to escape the second wave of contagions in August, when part of Europe was beginning to suffer. But cases rose in September, with the return of children to schools and parents returning to work after summer vacation.

In absolute numbers, Belgium does not have the worst situation in Europe. But the minister’s concern lies in the small size of the country for such a number of cases. France has more than 66 million inhabitants; Spain, 47 million; the United Kingdom, 67 million; the Netherlands, 17 million.

In October, some weeks had a 70% increase in contagions. Belgium has had about 7,000 new cases a day, and had the highest number of cases since the pandemic began last Tuesday.

IT’S the same level of cases as Germany, which has 83 million inhabitants (and has also been suffering from high contagions).

  • Deaths per day in Belgium: about 30 deaths
  • Cases per day in Belgium: about 7,000 cases
  • Total cases in Belgium: more than 222,000 cases (as of Monday, 19)
  • Total deaths in Belgium: 10,400 deaths (as of Monday, 19)

By way of comparison, Brazil, which has a population more than 15 times larger, has registered little more than twice the Belgian daily cases, with new daily cases in the 20,000s, according to the Brazilian moving average. The number of deaths in Belgium, however, is much lower, at around 30 deaths per day, compared to just under 500 in Brazil.

Attempts against lockdown

This Monday, the 19th, the Belgian government made a last-minute attempt to avoid a new lockdown. Bars and restaurants will be closed for a month from today.

One of the measures, which had already been used in previous months, is to limit the number of meetings between social groups, including family members, if they take place indoors.

The Belgian model was even copied by the UK, which restricted meetings between family and friends last week. Other regions across Europe have already imposed measures to restrict schedules and meetings, in the hope of avoiding further lockdown.

The Belgian government has been criticized for not doing enough tests and, after testing, for failing to track down those infected and the people they came into contact with. Screening is essential because it is able to ensure that people are not transmitting the coronavirus without knowing it.

The rise in cases in Europe is worrying, although the number of deaths is lower this time (due to the higher contagion in young people instead of the elderly, more medical techniques against the disease and some immunity already developed in the population).

A pessimistic projection by the World Health Organization estimates that if measures are not taken, the number of deaths in Europe could increase fivefold. Another concern is the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The same concern is true for the United States, which has also experienced new contagious increases.

Source: Exame

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