A young woman of 18 years died Sunday in a hospital in Brussels as a result of infection with the novel coronavirus, reported Wednesday the belgian authorities, on a background of a slight rebound of contamination.
“The girl presented co-morbidities and died of an infection at the COVID-19 “, indicated to the AFP a spokesperson of the Institute of epidemiological monitoring Sciensano. According to the belgian media, she was suffering from other health problems in the past.
While the pandemic has caused nearly 10,000 deaths in the country, this is only the second time that is reported the death of a person under the age of 24.
At the end of march, a teenage girl of 12 years had died suddenly in Ghent (north) due to a virus. After three days of fever, the health status of the adolescent had suddenly deteriorated, had told health authorities, speaking of a situation that is very rare.
“The young are not immune, the news has just cruelly remind you,” said Wednesday, the First minister Sophie Wilmès about this second death of a young person.
She has presented her condolences to the family and loved ones.
According to the leader of the liberal French-speaking, the contamination of the young adult is currently “about two times larger” as in more than 60 years.
It is most likely related to a respect lesser restrictions of gatherings.
Ms. Wilmès spoke Wednesday, the health hazards of the “aperitifs crowded” and the other ” feasts at the close of bars “, described as “a great event infecteurs” (” super-spreader events “).
At the end of June, at the time of the end of exams and first day of big heat, Sophie Wilmès had already blasted several festive events, putting at risk months of collective effort ” during the containment (gradually relaxed since the beginning of may).
On Wednesday, she was speaking at a press conference at the end of a new meeting of the national security Council devoted to the virus.
Due to a slight rebound of infections since the beginning of July (about 63 000 in total), the authorities have not announced any easing of the restrictions on gatherings in force for events both public and private.
Since July 11, the mask-wearing became mandatory for any person who is at least 12 years of age in Belgium in enclosed public places (shops, cinemas, libraries, places of worship etc). It was until then only imposed in the public transport.