Belgium hit by fourth coronavirus wave

Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said Wednesday night in an interview with Belgian broadcaster VRT.

“The numbers are not good. We are clearly in a fourth wave. That in itself was to be expected, but we are going to see a very sharp increase in the numbers in the coming days,”

he said.

No wonder we are facing again rising numbers of people taken into hospital. We only have to look around us, seeing so many people not wearing a mouth mask, or not wearing it properly, and so many events taking place as if there has never been such pandemic that created so many lockdowns.

Belgian Public Health and Social Affairs minister Frank Vandenbroucke | Pool photo by Johanna Geron/EFE via EPA

The minister is mentioned that there will also be a steep increase in the number of hospital admissions and said:

“We are going to have to brace ourselves to tackle the fourth wave.”

A pity the ministers did not unanimously decide to introduce the Covid Safe Pass in the whole country. Though the minister of health was willing to follow the scientists and virologists, and called to widen the use of the so-called Covid Safe Ticket, Belgium’s coronavirus immunity pass. He also did a call to the people to use their common sense and to use face masks in public spaces and wants to make teleworking again mandatory in all regions, with the flu season approaching.

Vandenbroucke’s comments come while the number of new cases and hospital admissions in Belgium are soaring. Over the last seven days, the number of new cases increased by 53 percent, while hospital admissions also rose by 53 percent.

In some regions, vaccination rates are significantly lower than the rest of the country. Whereas 86 percent of Belgian adults have now been fully vaccinated, the figure stands at only 67 percent in Brussels.

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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