Back to school: “In 10 days, we’ll see what happens”, says Yves Van Laethem

For the interfederal spokesperson, closing the schools will be difficult.

Yves Van Laethem, the interfederal spokesperson for the fight against the coronavirus, was guest of the RTL-TVI newspaper. He returned to the figures of the epidemic, on this new school year, and those expected within ten days if schools are hotbeds of contamination.

“We have always believed since the spring that children are much less transmitters when they are small than when they are older. In addition, when they are small, it is difficult to teach them at a distance. It is important for them not to leave them like this, without teaching for months. We take an extremely low risk by starting school again for small children. In 10 days, we’ll see what will happen, but I think the risk is minimal. “

For Yves Van Laethem, closing schools will be difficult, “unless the increase should be significant. We will see if there are no other measures to take before completely closing the schools, which would be crippling. “

The number of hospital admissions due to Covid-19 continues to decrease, by -22%, and now stands at 463 per day on average (between November 9 and November 16), according to the provisional report from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published Monday. The number of people hospitalized is 6,518, including 1,439 patients treated in intensive care.

The number of confirmed contaminations is also falling. On average, from November 6 to 12, there were 5,056.9 daily contaminations, a decrease of 47% compared to the previous 7 days.

Since the start of the pandemic, 14,421 people have died from Covid-19. From November 6 to 12, 197 people died on average every day.


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