5th wave in Belgium: the epidemic rebound higher than the “most pessimistic” forecasts

5th wave in Belgium: the rebound of the epidemic exceeds & ldquo; most pessimistic & rdquo; forecasts & rdquo;

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The increase in contamination and hospitalizations linked to COVID in Belgium is “higher than the most pessimistic curves” sketched last week by scientific experts, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced Thursday.

It will urgently bring together the heads of the executives of the federated entities on Friday morning to decide on new measures. “The latest data collected show that the epidemiological situation has deteriorated considerably in recent days,” said De Croo in a statement.

Contaminations at a daily rate on Monday broke a record in Belgium since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with 23,621 new infections recorded by the public health institute Sciensano.

The previous record went back to the second wave, with 22,221 contaminations identified on October 27, 2020, still according to Sciensano.

Over the past week, there have been on average more than 16,000 infections per day in this country of 11.5 million inhabitants.

The curve is exponential from the plateau maintained throughout the summer until early October, when the level did not exceed 2,500 contaminations per day.

New measures are now needed to “relieve care ”, according to the Prime Minister.

Mr. De Croo also assured that the authorities intended to accelerate the vaccination and in particular the administration of the booster dose, which only 1.2 million Belgians have received to date. In addition, 75% of the general population had a first complete vaccination.

The decision to call a new meeting urgently was taken after contact between Alexander De Croo and his Dutch counterparts Mark Rutte and Luxembourgish Xavier Bettel, according to Mr. De Croo's cabinet.

This meeting takes place less ten days after a previous consultation committee which had contented itself with imposing teleworking four days a week and expanding the wearing of masks and the use of the health pass.

At the end From this meeting on November 17, Belgian leaders agreed to meet in January for an assessment of these measures. Several experts had criticized the lightness of the measures, calling for stronger restrictions.

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